Managing identities and access is becoming increasingly challenging in today’s rapidly changing business, regulatory, and IT environment.

FREMONT, CA: Identity looks poised to become the new digital perimeter in the business landscape. Stolen or less privileged credentials serve as the primary attack vector for hackers. Access creep puts enterprises at the mercy of insider attacks. Yet organizations remain beset by identity and access management hurdles. They continue to flounder in knowing the importance of identity and access management best practices, let alone deploying them.  Here are some of the major identity and access management problems and how firms can take the right steps to solve them.

Deploying Strong Password Security

The issues surrounding poor password and password security remain the most pressing identity management challenges. Passwords occupy a strange spin modern IAM. Experts and users express hatred for passwords due to their inconvenience and weakness against modern hacking techniques. Passwords also serve as the primary authentication method for most enterprises and still act as a vital gateway to users’ digital identities. Therefore, passwords will most likely remain embedded in modern identity and access management’s authentication protocols. By extension, deploying strong password security best practices should become a top priority.

Shifting to the as-a-Service Model

In the digital era, the major trend is towards providing and consuming all IT as cloud-based services, including IAM. As an increasing number of workloads and IT services move to the cloud, it makes sense to migrate IAM to the cloud. Moving IAM to the cloud avoids the integration, management, and licensing complexity of hybrid IT environments. However, cloud-based IAM services need to support hybrid IT environments for the foreseeable future. They will need to evolve to include support for employees, business partners, customers, consumers, and non-human entities.

Defining the Future Identity Fabric

An identity fabric is a concept about connecting every user to every service. It is centered around consistently handling all types of identities, managing access to services, and federating identities from third-party providers and the organization’s directory services. The concept refers to a logical infrastructure that allows access for everyone from anywhere to any service within a consistent framework of services, potentials, and building blocks that are part of a well-defined architecture that is ideally delivered and used homogeneously through secure APIs.

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