Compromised identities are the number one way that hackers are gaining entry to IT networks. It is the easiest, most direct way that a bad actor can access confidential digital data. Unfortunately, it is happening far too frequently today – often times with terrifying consequences in terms of dollars and even in people’s personal lives. The good news is that enterprises with mature identity and access management systems experience half the number of data breaches, and they avoid around 5 million dollars in breach costs (CSO). As a result, IT admins are increasing security through next generation IAM (identity and access management) to help prevent identity theft and secure their organization.
It’s time to step up security. Before we look into a way to mitigate risks in today’s IT environment, though, we should look at how these challenges developed to get a better understanding of the situation.
Change Creates Challenges
When you really start to examine the risks we see today, the root of the challenges IT admins are facing becomes clear. It all revolves around the change that has occured in the IT landscape. The shifting and changing IT landscape is creating massive challenges for IT organizations. However, use of cloud services has also proved to be vital to an organization’s success. In fact, cloud solutions actually help a company grow nearly 20% faster than their counterparts who don’t use the cloud (Skyhigh). With that known, there’s no way that organizations can just ignore these tools.
One main issue admins are facing with these tools is maintaining universal control over their environment. This is a widespread challenge that is emerging at organizations all over. Before all of the recent change, IT organizations had seamless control over their user identities, systems, and network access. Since everything back then was located on-prem and was based on Microsoft® Windows®, admins could simply leverage Microsoft’s IT management tools Active Directory® and SCCM (formerly known as SMS) for all of their needs. These solutions helped IT organizations to centrally control user access, and as a result (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/increasing-security-through-next-generation-iam/