The concept of unified access management is one that’s being discussed by analysts and vendors a lot lately. The concept has largely been focused on just web and on-prem applications. However, what is interesting to many of today’s IT admins is an extension to this concept: how to center unified access management for G Suite™.
The Concept of Unified Access Management
In a sense, what IT admins are looking for is not just unified access to applications. They are looking for the ability to give an identity access to whatever that user needs. This includes their systems (Windows®, Mac®, Linux®), cloud and on-prem servers (e.g. AWS®), physical and virtual file servers (NAS appliances, Samba file servers, Dropbox™, etc.), as well as wired and WiFi networks. Even more so, an ideal set of credentials is one that the end user could leverage with their G Suite account.
G Suite is arguably one of the most popular web application services being utilized by businesses today. With it, organizations can use email, calendar, productivity solutions and more, all of which are working in conjunction. What’s more, with G Suite, users can operate inside of others’ documents to facilitate group work and editing. Despite all these features, Google has a limited approach when it comes to how organizations can leverage their G Suite credentials. Both Google Cloud Identity and G Suite Directory focus on managing user access to other Google services and a few select web applications. On-prem applications, on-prem file servers, networks, and systems are left out of the mix largely by design.
If you step back, this makes sense because Google’s approach to G Suite was never to create a Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD or AD) replacement, but rather a complement to AD. Their primary goal was to encroach on the monopoly that Microsoft had built with their Office suite. Microsoft, of course, isn’t interested in playing second fiddle to Google, so they won’t take G Suite credentials and federate them to other IT resources. And, vice versa, of course. (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Zach DeMeyer. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/unified-access-management-for-g-suite/