Controlling access to your systems, applications, files, and networks is a daunting task for any IT organization, but especially if your organization is a small to medium sized business (SMBs). What do you do? The good news is that a new generation of cloud identity and access management for SMBs is emerging to solve this problem. Let’s take a look at why a cloud identity management solution would be highly advantageous for SMBs.
SMBs Cloud Forward Approach
SMBs are taking advantage of some of the most innovative IT resources available. SMBs have been more aggressive about jumping to the cloud and leveraging web applications. Many SMBs have also shifted to WiFi networks and Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers such as AWS®. SMBs often haven’t had the legacy infrastructure that limits their ability to take advantage of new technology.
The result has been that many SMBs are some of the most innovative with their IT approaches out of all companies. In fact, most SMB IT organizations would rather shift as much of their IT infrastructure to the cloud as possible. According to a few studies, 78% of small businesses will have adopted cloud computing by 2020; 92% of small businesses are using one or more cloud-based solution; and small businesses have experienced a decrease in workload by at least 42% by switching to cloud solutions.
SMBs Need Modern Cloud IAM
While small to medium sized businesses have been embracing the cloud, one area they haven’t had luck transitioning to the cloud is directory services. For almost two decades now, Microsoft® Active Directory® has been the identity provider of choice regardless of the size of the organization. Of course, this worked when the IT infrastructure was Windows® and on-prem, despite also being pricey for SMBs. But, the IT admins in charge are clearly departing from this setup in favor of cloud, non-Microsoft based resources like web-based applications and remote servers hosted in AWS.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/cloud-identity-and-access-management-for-smbs/