Enabling Compliance through Cloud Identity Management

enabling compliance through cloud identity management

There might not be a more important activity in an IT organization than compliance. Today’s business climate is rapidly shifting to value security and privacy for individuals and businesses. IT organizations need not look further than new regulations such as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Even technology titans such as Google, Facebook, and Uber are embroiled in major regulatory issues regarding security, privacy, and compliance. Fortunately, while there are many different activities that constitute compliance within an organization, a new category of IT solution is enabling compliance through cloud identity management.

Why is Compliance Important?

Top Security Breaches by IndustryVirtually every organization will now be touched by some component of security and privacy compliance. With GDPR, for example, any organization that has European users or data will be subject to compliance. There will be very few organizations left untouched by this significant regulation. Add to that mix PCI Compliance, HIPAA, GLBA, FISMA, and countless others, and it is hard to believe that any IT organization will be left unscathed.

For IT admins, there is no silver bullet to compliance. It is a series of steps with people, process, and technology all playing a significant role. There are a number of core parts of compliance activities with the security of data and access to that data being primary. While there are a number of technology solutions for the storage of data, and many of these solutions and approaches are custom to each organization’s IT infrastructure, there are more standardized approaches to control user access.

Controlling User Access

mac managementGenerally, the function of controlling user access is handled by identity management platforms. Historically, that has meant a solution called the directory service or identity provider. These on-prem pieces of technology enable IT admins to control who could access critical servers, applications, and networks. The challenge over the last few years has become that compliance often now extends to cloud infrastructure, web applications, remote systems, and WiFi networks. Unfortunately, these types of IT resources are difficult for legacy identity providers to cover.

Fortunately, a new generation of cloud identity management (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Rajat. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/enabling-compliance-through-cloud-identity-management/