Properly managing identities and permissions for cloud computing platforms is one of the first steps when deploying a compliant cloud strategy.

FREMONT, CA : Enterprises of every type and size are looking to the cloud for various benefits. But enterprise-scale implementations can make this process complicated and connect to identity and access management (IAM). Security through the cloud is often a web of permissions that can result in a costly data breach if the team does not manage them properly. Here is a look at how exactly cloud-native IAM functions.

In cloud environments, the native IAM controls are called identity management. But what's confusing is that these controls are not truly enterprise-wide identity management. They are mere access control. For instance, there's no life cycle for digital identities, and firms can assign users to specific accounts. Still, they cannot handle the life cycle of people — joiners, movers and leavers. The critical auditing requirements for action on organizational and other changes are managed at an enterprise level. The cloud-native IAM controls are not intended to handle a complete identity life cycle.

Identity and Access Management technology can be leveraged to initiate, capture, record, and handle user identities and access permissions. All users are authenticated, authorized, and evaluated according to regulations and roles. Poorly managed IAM processes may result in regulatory non-compliance; if the firm is audited, management may not prove that enterprise data is not at risk of being misused. It can be complex for an enterprise to start using cloud Identity and Access Management solutions because they don't directly boost profitability. It is hard for a firm to cede control over the infrastructure. However, many perks make leveraging an IAM solution very valuable. 

A cloud IAM architecture that matches the organization's specific needs respects the industry's regulatory requirements and allows the DevOps teams to go through a cloud-native onboarding experience when leveraging cloud platforms.

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