Modern IT innovations enable organizations to pick and choose the resources that will best serve their needs and budgets, creating a heterogeneous blend of platforms and vendors. To ensure their end users remain secure, IT departments need to leverage identity and access management (IAM) solutions to control access to these resources.
Using traditional IAM tools like Active Directory®, however, some IT teams may not be fully equipped to deal with resources that fall outside of the domain. With a cloud-based alternative, IT organizations can achieve a domainless enterprise, securing their users and resources even if they’re outside of the office.
Traditional IAM in Heterogeneous Environments
It’s apparent that modern IT resources provide organizations immense benefits by way of increased productivity and improved employee experience. What was once a Windows®-dominated IT landscape is now showing widespread adoption of Mac® and Linux® devices. After all, Macs are renowned for usability and fostering creativity, and Linux touts some of the best computing capabilities of any system/OS type.
In addition to systems, there has also been a transformation in the application space resulting from the Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) boom. Now, web apps hold critical roles in organizations, providing key business capabilities along with the extensibility that cloud-based software provides. Cloud infrastructure offers similar benefits in regard to computing and storage needs.
Unfortunately, traditional identity management tools are ill equipped to natively control access to these resources. Many IAM options are domain-based, meaning they are almost entirely focused on managing on-premises resources. This is best exemplified by Microsoft® Active Directory, which is optimized to manage on-prem, Windows® systems and apps.
Organizations that leverage these traditional IAM tools require the aid of additional solutions like web app single sign-on (SSO) and others, adding more spend to their budgets. In a time when many IT budgets are running thin, IT admins need to find ways to save money and consolidate their solutions while still achieving the same ends.
Leveraging the Cloud for Access Control
A cloud directory service is designed to centralize IAM needs for heterogeneous environments into (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/controlling-access-heterogeneous-environment