With current digital transformation, everything in the business world is changing how we communicate and how businesses operate. Cloud migration offers myriad opportunities and benefits regardless of the industry or size of an enterprise.
With the cloud, you can scale your enterprise’s IT environment, consolidate your corporate assets, and ultimately improve your profit margin.
Reasonably so, many enterprises are considering it over the traditional on-premise infrastructure. According to Cloud Security Alliance, nearly 70% of enterprise organizations are migrating data to the cloud. In contrast, LogicMonitor’s surveys stated that around 83% of enterprises would be in the cloud by the end of 2020.
However, many organizations have cited the security of cloud computing and lack thereof as the biggest obstacle to full adoption. Cloud infrastructures are vulnerable to various kinds of attacks and privacy issues.
That is why the need for identity access management mechanisms. Issues like how organizations identify the customers, how they store data, and how they control access rights to data are becoming important. Understandably so, more companies are turning to cloud identity.
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What is Cloud Identity?
Cloud identity is a lot like the typical enterprise-level identity and access management (IAM). Identity and access management is a solution that protects a user’s credentials. This is done by authenticating users as they log in to networks and databases. As a result, organizations control who gets access to what and by what means.
Let’s break it down further.
Identification is when a user claims to have an identity, in most cases, a username. Authentication proves that the credentials given by the user are correct.
As simple as it may sound from the user’s end, it is a complex issue on the business end. With consumer’s data scattered everywhere and anywhere, companies have to manage their identities and neatly integrate them.
Now, instead of dealing with on-premise databases, cloud identity management deals with cloud infrastructure, whose demands are radically different.
Why do you need IAM?
Identity and access management is a critical part of any enterprise security plan. It delicately links to organizations’ productivity in today’s digital economy.
If a rogue user compromises the user’s credentials, it becomes a vulnerable entry point for an organization’s network and information assets.
Using identity management is important to safeguard the company’s information assets against the rising threats of ransomware, hacking, phishing, and data breach.
In many organizations, you will find users having more access privileges than they need. A robust IAM system will add an essential layer of protection to limit users’ access to resources they require.
The identity and access management systems can boost a business’s overall productivity by reducing the complexity and cost of safeguarding users’ credentials and access.
Also, with IAM, workers can remain productive in a variety of environments– whether working remotely at home or in the office.
Benefits of IAM
Implementing identity and access management can give you a competitive edge in distinct ways.
In some situations, you will need to provide users outside your organization access to internal systems. By doing so, you will open your network to business partners, contractors, and suppliers, consequently increasing the company’s efficiency.
By using identity management systems, you can reduce the number of help-desk calls to IT support teams regarding password reset.
IAM systems allow administrators to automate the process of password recovery and other time consuming redundant tasks.
A well-managed Identity system is at the cornerstone of a secure network. The IAM system requires companies to define their access policies. It also specifies who has access to what and under what conditions they have the rights.
By having strict access to resources, IAM systems reduce the risk of internal and external data breaches. This is important in this period where internal and external data breaches are on the rise.
As previously mentioned, IAM systems can enhance your organization’s regulatory compliance by providing the tools to implement and audit security measures and policies.
Cloud Management is your responsibility
Cloud adoption does not ease IAM responsibilities.
Much like on-premise, cloud database identity and access management remain to be your responsibility. You must scale up your cloud identity management as your cloud infrastructure scales up near-infinite digital expanses.
A simple configuration error can cause uncontrollable access to data. Because of the accessibility of cloud infrastructure, hackers will often have more access to the databases than in an on-premise environment.
Teamstack’s Access Management Systems
As mentioned earlier, user credentials allow for the most convenient access into the endpoints and networks. Therefore, instead of focusing on attacking the endpoints with malware, malicious hackers now focus on stealing privileged user credentials. With phishing attacks, hackers create the best opportunities to get certificates while subverting the user’s standard filters.
In other situations, the hackers need not steal credentials. Instead, they have to guess. With business users managing their passwords, it puts the businesses at risk because users are often not so critical with their passwords. They typically use weak passwords, some of which they have used in multiple places and or store them in insecure places like spreadsheets, phones, or as documents in the server. Hackers effortlessly crack simple passwords. Reused passwords invite credential stuffing attacks.
As more businesses migrate to cloud computing solutions and digital transformation, there is a dire need to improve on the way the company tracks customers’ data. Cloud identity lets your organization merge consumers’ data in a system that treats every customer as a unique and dignified individual.
At Teamstack, we offer identity as a service (IDaaS) to help you control user access to resources from a hosted environment. Our systems allow you to have a central location to manage the identities of cloud administrators in your organization and control their access to the services we offer. Our IDaaS provides simple and faster management tools for deploying resources to your users.
If you are looking for a transformative makeover of your organization’s cloud identity environment, TeamStack’s cloud-based services can deliver a secure, business-friendly IAM.