Unified access management (UAM) is a new term that has recently been discussed by a number of analysts and firms. However, the term has been causing some confusion because it is generally used to describe a “new” approach to managing access to applications, rather than unifying access management for all IT resources as the name might imply. Fortunately, there is a comprehensive cloud directory that offers the concept of unified access management for virtually any IT resource, rather than just applications. In this blog post, specifically, we will discuss this cloud directory’s concept of unified access management for macOS®, but let’s start with the basics.
Unified Access Management Explained
As previously mentioned, unified access management is a term that is being used by analysts and vendors to describe a new approach to application access management. This new approach is primarily being developed by traditional web application single sign-on (SSO) providers, and what’s “new” is that some web app SSO platforms now offer support for on-prem applications as well. They are calling this approach unified, primarily because it once required separate solutions to manage access to web applications via SAML and on-prem applications via LDAP. Now, it is possible for IT to leverage a single SSO solution to connect to both, but unless the concept includes all of the other IT resources that modern users need, then we aren’t quite sure of how they can call the system “unified”.
What Does Unified Mean to You?
While the current thought surrounding this new concept is rather narrow, at least as far as we are concerned, there is no reason that IT admins can’t widen that approach. In fact, the concept of a single identity that connects to virtually any IT resource is a core element of legacy identity management solutions such as Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD). Of course, it didn’t hurt that virtually all IT resources were based on Microsoft Windows>® when AD introduced their version of unified access management, but they weren’t alone. OpenLDAP™ was designed as a UAM solution for LDAP-based IT resources, (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/unified-access-management-for-macos/