Nowadays, companies are securing users who are accessing applications from various places through variety of devices, and all this is pressurizing IAM i.e., identity and access management systems. Additionally, consumers expect easy authentication and access to all accounts and information. Moreover, identity infrastructure faces traditional challenge of various links to multiple targets and sources. All this creates an unmanageable “n-squared” problem.
N-squared problem is reason of rapid adoption of federation standards including Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), OpenID connect and OAuth. These technologies include things such as next-generation firewalls, applications monitoring systems and sandboxing systems that permit any malicious code to be executed and all that without harming corporate environment.
One of the other main reasons behind IAM as top security initiative is that it enables right individuals to access right information and resources at right time and reason as well. It ensures appropriate access of resources across heterogeneous technology environments. IAM is important for any enterprise, because it is business-aligned. Organizations that can develop IAM capabilities can reduce identity management costs and become significantly more agile to support new business initiatives.
On the ending note, its various features make it top security initiative and its investment has grown from 7% to 10% in 2014, and is still growing.
“Cloud-related technology is real and useful now. Practically every developer I know is either using or looking at cloud infrastructure in either private or public clouds.” -Alex Miller
Cloud Adoption is increasing rapidly and so are the challenges. The increasing demand of Identity and access management might twist security path for various organizations. IAM continues to become more complex as the volume of data is increasing. There are various
challenges being faced by companies are:
1.Sophisticated IT infrastructure:
The complexity of IT has increased and may continue to be more complex. The enterprises are not only becoming software defined, and also there is range of resources and application that corporate access including SaaS and cloud based apps.
2.Need for Identity Proofing:
As more users registers to use online services, need for identity proofing services will surge to significant level and organizations may face authentication challenges.
3.Rapid growth in mobile device usage
Mobile devices with advanced hardware security technologies are becoming widely available. This growth has become crucial part of identity and access management in enterprise adding problems of user authentication.
4.Big data is critical driver
Providing customers easy way to log in using credentials offers better user experience. Additionally, it permits enterprise to have valuable insight in customer’s behavior such as purchase tendencies, social interaction pattern, etc.
5.Compliance Visibility: Who has access to what?
It’s important to understand who has access to which applications and data. And, this concern increase when coming to cloud services.