Securing endpoint user access is critical for modern IT organizations. Essentially, it refers to the ability to securely manage and connect users to their laptops, desktops, and other enterprise devices – including the ability to revoke access if necessary. Endpoints are the conduit to an organization’s critical applications and data. In an age when over 5mm data records are lost or stolen every day, clearly, securing endpoint user access should be a priority.
The challenge is to ensure that only the correct users have access to endpoints and to implement consistent security policies on them, whether they’re running Windows®, macOS®, or Linux®, and whether they’re on-prem or remote. This can be especially challenging if an organization wants to leverage a single identity management platform to not only secure user access to disparate endpoints, but also applications, files, and networks.
Fortunately, a next generation identity provider (a.k.a., a cloud directory) has recently emerged that was built to manage modern networks. However, before we highlight a few of the features of this comprehensive cloud-based solution as it relates to securing endpoint user access, we should talk about the concept of user access management for endpoints at a high level.
Intro to User Access Management for Endpoints
The concept of user access management is nothing new in IT. In fact, organizations have always needed the ability to control user access to IT resources, especially endpoints. As mentioned, endpoints are the conduits to an organization’s IT resources, not to mention they can also store sensitive information locally. As a result, there are plenty of traditional approaches for securing user access to endpoints. However, when you consider that 2017 was marked as “the worst year ever” for data breaches, then it’s easy to understand why admins are beginning to question the traditional solutions.
Traditional Solutions for Securing Endpoint User Access
Historically, IT has leveraged Microsoft® management tools like SCCM® (formerly SMS) and Active Directory® (AD) to provide secure user access to Windows-based endpoints. Microsoft tools such as these (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/securing-endpoint-user-access/