Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) provides IT teams with a cloud-based toolset necessary for authenticating user access to a variety of resources employed by modern organizations today.
Previously used to federate an existing user identity to only web applications, next-generation IDaaS seeks to authenticate users to all the resources they need. Along with the authentication tasks next-gen IDaaS aims for, it works to ensure that organizations improve their security posture by providing users with one authoritative, secure identity to access their resources.
What is IDaaS?
Originally, Identity-as-a-Service (IDaas) describes an authentication solution that federates identities to web-based applications. It began with first-generation IDaaS, which worked in conjunction with a directory service (namely Microsoft® Active Directory®) to deliver a web application single sign-on (SSO) experience.
Then came next-generation IDaaS, which has evolved to introduce the concept of True Single Sign-On™ (True SSO). That is, a single identity that works for virtually all modern systems, applications, networks, and files. The ultimate goal of next-gen IDaaS is to make sure people are who they say they are, and that those people have access to the right applications, networks, and systems, regardless of whether those resources are cloud-based or on-prem.
How Does IDaaS Improve Security?
According to a 2019 SkyHigh Networks report, the average enterprise utilizes 1,400 cloud-based applications, and the average person uses 36 cloud-based services every day. When IT teams are unable to monitor all of their web applications, cyber security threats like shadow IT can creep in.
Next-gen IDaaS secures organizations through a number of methods, namely True SSO.
What is True SSO?
Through one authoritative identity, users gain access to the resources they need while IT departments easily provision and deprovision users to those assets. Utilizing True SSO in organizations makes the process of linking users to their applications more secure, and IT admins are able to monitor their access closely.
Multi-Factor Authentication and Password Requirements
Beyond offering True SSO, next-generation IDaaS improves security through password requirements, multi-factor authentication (MFA), and SSH keys. Password requirements allow admins to force their users to employ (Read more…)