Is there a simple cloud identity management solution available? It would definitely be a breath of fresh air for IT administrators drowning in the sea of complexity that is modern identity management. Fortunately, a next generation identity and access management (IAM) solution has come to market with a simple cloud identity management approach. Before we reveal what that solution is, however, let’s talk about the identity management category as a whole.
Identity Management 101: Introduction
The essence of identity management is the ability to securely manage and connect users to the IT resources they need. These IT resources can include systems, applications, files, and networks, to name a few of the most common examples. Regardless of what the IT resources are, it is critical for admins to ensure that only the correct people have access at any given moment. One of the best ways to manage user access to IT resources is with an identity management platform.
Identity Management 201: Active Directory
Perhaps the most notable identity management platform is Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD). Brought to market in 1999, Active Directory was created as an on-prem identity management platform for on-prem IT resources that were based on Microsoft Windows®. Given the dominance of the Windows OS, especially around the turn of the century, AD quickly became the core identity management platform in most organizations.
Identity Management 301: Challenges
Active Directory has remained the default identity management platform in IT organizations for nearly two decades. Yet, for better or worse, Windows is no longer the default operating system for IT resources. In fact, Mac® laptops and desktops, Linux® servers and endpoints, web applications like G Suite™, cloud infrastructure at AWS®, and plenty more have shifted away from a Microsoft foundation. Remember that AD was developed strictly for managing on-prem Windows-based IT resources. As a result, anything that falls outside of the on-prem Microsoft ecosystem might as well be impossible to manage with AD alone. This, of course, is where identity management got a whole lot more complicated.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/simple-cloud-identity-management/