IAM

Identity Management solutions for enterprises

20th October 2017

The purpose of IAM, which stands for identity access management, is to manage data related to user profiles in one or several applications. It is an interrelated solution that can be used to manage user authentication, account profiles, passwords, rights and access restrictions, as well as other attributes that management of the application may require.

This system is an identity and access manager that integrates policies and organizational processes. Its purpose is to ameliorate our main problem, facilitating and controlling identities and accesses within a company.

From the outlook of the challenges faced by a CIO, we can then identify two items that must be addressed:

  •  Efficacy: The need to streamline processes and reduce variability
  •  Security: Improve the security of company identities and data

The solution to these problems does not simply depend on installing an antivirus or firewall. These security measures are now obsolete and inadequate to address current risks.

Levels of security across your organization

In order for an organization to have a high level of security, five layers should be complied with:

  • Network Security: mainly composed of firewalls, systems to detect and prevent intrusions (IPS and IDS) and VPNs
  • Device Security: devices such as servers, computers, notebooks, tablets and mobiles
  • Application Security: both for internal and web-based applications
  • Data Security: Data encryption
  • Identity Security: the core of corporate security.

Based on what we have seen as problems and needs, solving variability in system identity, password and access management is the key solution to improve efficacy and security in the company. In other words, we need a system that keeps the variables of each process under control.

Identity and access management security solutions

It is recommended for this system to have three key features: integration of all user data, prevention of system variability (preventing human intervention) and system flexibility in order to guarantee changes in processes of the organization.

The IT department should work in conjunction with the company policy, which will be charged with setting forth the granting of access privileges. As a result, all individuals and services will be properly authenticated, authorized and audited.

Integration of certain commonly-used applications in a centralized identity information management solution is a difficult challenge. It requires involving various departments and processes in an organization: from partners or high management, all the way to areas such as customer support.

Good results and benefits can be achieved by implementing an Identity & Access Management (IAM) system with the help of all company actors, their will, and their commitment.

Identity Access Management (IAM)

This system is an identity and access manager that integrates policies and organizational processes. Its purpose is to ameliorate our main problem, facilitating and controlling identities and accesses within a company.

The purpose of IAM, which stands for identity access management, is to manage data related to user profiles in one or several applications. It is an interrelated solution that can be used to manage user authentication, account profiles, passwords, rights and access restrictions, as well as other attributes that management of the application may require.

Performance and characteristics of WSO2 Identity Server

WSO2 Identity Server is an open-source system based on the strong points of the most widespread security standards. It offers a platform that allows CIOs to apply a uniform layer of security over existing assets in the digital environment.

One of its advantages is that the project is in constant evolution, which allows for continuous improvements on each new version. This is of great significance, since it is a system that can face up to new business challenges, customer expectations and cyberattack threats.

WSO2 Identity Server offers security management for company web applications, services and APIs. This systems allows for a reduction of the time it takes to provide an identity, guarantee secure online interactions and offer a reduced login environment. Other functions include the creation, maintenance and deletion of user accounts across multiple systems, including Cloud applications. This system allows for a centralized identity as a Service Provider, a model that guarantees greater efficacy.

End users will get the ‘Jaggery’ interface. In addition, interface login and consent pages may be fully tailored to the needs of each organization. The most interesting aspect is that it is run as a web application in an independent context.

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