Why use Identity and Access Management?

IT is steadily becoming more and more important to organizations. With every organization on the planet needing to leverage online automation and tools to compete in their respective industries, it’s no surprise that business owners and executives are also taking time to learn how IT technology can help their organization. In this article we’ll talk about why to use identity and access management (IAM) technology in particular.

What is IAM?

Before we can get into the benefits of IAM technology, we should briefly clarify what it is exactly we’re referring to. The concept of identity and access management emerged many years ago as networks were being deployed. IT admins realized that they needed a way to control who could access various IT resources such as servers and applications. Over time, this capability—often called a directory service—would emerge as a central infrastructure component for modern organizations.

For most organizations, the legacy IAM solution—traditionally Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD or MAD)—worked well as the network was primarily Windows®-based and on-prem. But as organizations started to leverage innovative solutions such as cloud infrastructure from AWS®, G Suite™ and Office 365™, macOS® and Linux® machines, WiFi, and more, the historical IAM approach broke down. The foundation simply wasn’t flexible enough to stabilize when the ground beneath the industry began shifting to the cloud.

So, the result is that business owners and executives are now being asked to spend money and allocate resources to find a new generation of identity and access management to serve the needs of their modern organizations. For most leaders, the simple question being asked is why will this technology help us?

Productivity Meets Security

In the case of identity and access management, the ‘why’ is actually pretty straightforward. First of all, the right modern IAM solution makes your workforce more productive. It gives employees secure access to the IT resources that are best suited to help them do their job, instead of just those resources that are conveniently tied to a legacy platform or single vendor. In turn, this gives business (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by George Lattimore. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/why-use-iam/

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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