A company's applications and IT systems are protected by access management solutions that authenticate, authorize, and audit access.

FREMONT, CA: Access management solutions are utilized by businesses to authenticate, authorize, and audit access to applications and IT systems. Access management solutions increase security and decrease risk by regulating access to on-premises and cloud-based applications, services, and IT infrastructure. These solutions are frequently supplied as a component of an identity and access management (IAM) solution. They aid in ensuring that the proper users have access to the proper resources at the proper times and for exemplary purposes.

The vast majority of access management solutions provide capabilities for administering access credentials and monitoring login attempts and access activities. Historically, solutions for access management were offered as traditional, on-premises software packages. Today, most organizations utilize Identity as a Service (IDaaS) solutions that enable cloud agility, simplicity, and economy. Cloud-based access management solutions assist organizations in streamlining operations, accelerating time-to-value, and achieving rapid and unlimited scalability.

Workforce Access Management vs Customer Access Management

Solution providers and software vendors provide two distinct types of access management solutions. Workforce access management solutions authenticate and approve access to corporate applications and IT systems by workers and contractors. Customer access management solutions authenticate and authorize customers and clients using apps and services with a public-facing interface.

Workforce access management solutions are designed to interact with enterprise IT systems and directory services and accommodate hundreds of thousands of users. In contrast, customer access management solutions are built to serve millions of users and interact with customers' social and cloud platforms.

Workforce access management solutions and consumer access management solutions feature multi-factor authentication and single sign-on capabilities aimed at distinct audiences and supporting various operational environments.

Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is supported by most access management solutions to safeguard against user impersonation and credential theft. With MFA, a user must provide multiple pieces of evidence to access an application or system, such as a password and a time-sensitive SMS code.

Single Sign-On

The majority of access management solutions provide Single Sign-On (SSO) so that users may access all of their applications and services with a single set of credentials. SSO enhances the user experience by removing password clutter and aggravation. It also improves security by eliminating hazardous activities such as people writing passwords down on paper or reusing the same password across all applications. To enable federation and peers, most access management solutions support standards-based identity management protocols such as SAML, Oauth, and OpenID Connect. For instance, in a customer access management scenario, identity federation allows customers to access a public website using their social networking credentials, such as their Facebook, Google, or Microsoft login credentials.