Cloud Identity Management System

Is there a cloud identity management system available that is designed to cut across modern IT networks? The short answer is, yes – it’s called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. Why are traditional on-prem identity management systems no longer enough? Continue reading for the answer to this question, and to learn how the JumpCloud platform can provide next generation identity management capabilities as a cloud-based service. Let’s start with the essentials.

What is Identity Management and Why is it Important?

identity managementAccording to TechTarget, identity management describes the organizational process of managing user identities, and authenticating and authorizing user access to systems, applications, files, and networks. Identity management is critical for the modern enterprise as it enables IT to control who can access various IT resources throughout the network. In an era where 57 data records are lost or stolen every second, and 81% of breaches are related to stolen or weak passwords, it is clear that identity management should be a priority. Fortunately, identity management systems are here to help.

The Development of Identity Management Systems

The modern era of identity management dates back to the advent of LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol). Introduced in 1993 as a lightweight alternative to the X.500 directory service protocol, LDAP would become the internet standard for directory services in 1997, and subsequently inspire two powerful on-prem identity management systems: OpenLDAP and Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD). Of course, AD would quickly become the market share leader, primarily due to the dominance of the Microsoft Windows® platform around the turn of the century. In fact, this is the main reason why AD has remained the most popular on-prem identity management system to this day.

However, things started to change in the mid-2000s as all of the systems, applications, files, and networks started to diversify. Suddenly, networks weren’t all Windows, but also included macOS® and Linux®. The introduction of web applications like Salesforce® and G Suite (formerly Google Apps) meant that applications were no longer strictly on-prem or Windows-based either. Windows File Servers (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/cloud-identity-management-system/

Vince Lujan

Vince is a documentation and blog writer at JumpCloud, the world’s first cloud-based directory service. Vince recently graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys researching new innovations in cloud architecture and infrastructure.

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