As cloud adoption scales, businesses must look at IAM as part of their overall security posture and add an integrated security layer.

FREMONT, CA: It has been well established that traditional IT security paradigms must be reimagined when approaching cloud-native security. One essential component of a strong security posture takes on a particularly vital role in the cloud, identity, and access. The concept of identity and access in the cloud can refer to users and cloud resources. Advanced threat prevention methods can recognize the applications that traverse the network and decide whether they should be allowed. This type of security is no longer sufficient on its own. Cloud providers offer a rich portfolio of services, and the only way to govern and secure them is through identity and access management (IAM). Read on to know more.

To effectively protect cloud environments, enterprises need to secure who and what has access to them and their privileges within them. Identity Access Management systems allow firms to identify, authenticate, and authorize individuals, groups, and identities, both human and non-human, and control their access t applications, resources, services, and networks by imposing rights and restrictions on their access protect the data in the environment and even the environment itself. An IAM solution includes all controls and tools to capture identity data. It has the potential to orchestrate the end-to-end lifecycle of identities, from assignment to removal of privileges. Without effective IAM, these functions are performed manually, which can result in significant security risks.

While IAM solutions offer a great deal of functionality, this comes at the cost of simplicity. Cloud-native IAM offers the ability to view permissions for all identities. It is challenging to determine their effective permissions in those native tools. This can create a scenario where identity permission can be far greater than what it is thought to be. This leads to negative audit observations to breaches of sensitive data. While these can be big hurdles, there is a way to effectively manage identities in the public cloud.