Answering the Call for Cross-Platform Identity Security

Answering the Call for Cross-Platform Identity Security

Leaders across the IT landscape are reconsidering how they organize and implement their IT infrastructure in order to excel in the modern IT environment. As the occurrences of corporate data breaches continues to soar in the news, with hacked passwords causing 81% of data breaches, identity security has taken center stage. IT organizations still leveraging legacy directory solutions, such as Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD or AD), are seeing the ripple effect of changes around them in the network, and realizing a new approach to identity and access management (IAM) is imperative for maintaining stability. In response, independent, vendor-neutral SaaS-based identity management solutions are rising to meet the tide with tighter security, expansive control, and built-to-scale, streamlined efficiency.

Breaching Recent History

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Data breaches are constantly in the news and ringing in the ears of IT admins working for enterprises around the world. The idea is simple: employee credentials are taken by hackers and used to gain access into locked systems and confidential data. The result? Billions of dollars stolen every year and a rapidly shifting IT landscape.

Need an example of an identity breach? Take your pick: Adobe. Target. Yahoo. Home Depot.

Massive Enterprise Data Leak Incidents in Recent Years

Source: Cheng, Liu, and Yao. Enterprise data breach: causes, challenges, prevention, and future directions. WIREs Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Volume 7, September/October 2017

Enterprises everywhere are realizing the game has changed, and the time to proactively reexamine the methods and solutions behind their IT infrastructure is now. Securing identities, systems, and data assets has never been more important.

While data breaches are certainly highlighting the need for improved identity security, the migration to the cloud is not driven solely by the need for greater security. In fact, by leveraging cloud infrastructure, IT organizations achieve immediate gains while empowering their employees with faster, safer access to SaaS-based web and on-prem applications, virtual resources, and more. As a result, the physical and technological perimeter of connectivity established by Microsoft Active Directory (MAD) over the past two decades of IT infrastructure dominance is greatly disappearing.

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George Lattimore

George Lattimore

George is a writer at JumpCloud, a central source for authenticating, authorizing, and managing your IT infrastructure through the cloud. With a degree in Marketing and a graduate degree in progress in Public Communications and Technology, George enjoys learning how the IT landscape is adapting to a diversified field of technology.

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