As we are moving toward any device anywhere, the potential for breaches is also increasing. Organizations are vulnerable to physical and cloud access points. Identity and access management surely helps us in solving these problems but it is an important task to verify the identity of the user. There are various approaches via which we can verify the user claim and this blog will provide more insights into the identity and access management world.
It is not about priority
Employees must get access to whatever apps they need. The times have changed, these employees are no longer working from office locations which come under the parameter of the corporate firewall but nowadays people are working from home, roads, restaurants et al. On one hand, it is the responsibility of the IT team to provide a seamless user experience as they might be working on business-critical applications but it is equally important to make sure that corporate data is not compromised. Any unauthorized access can lead to a security breach resulting in a damaged reputation.
The scope of trust is not just limited to employee authentication but various factors come into play when we think about trust. Organizations must have the capability to trust people which means there must be an appropriate mechanism to validate user credentials, transactions that include sensitive data or banking information must be safeguarded against any frauds. When it comes to IoT devices or smartphones there is a need to establish a trust chain as these devices also have a lot of user data. Last but not least places which include physical and well as digital data access points must have appropriate trust mechanisms.
What is IAM
Identity access management consists of two elements Identity and Access which means when a user requests access we identify the user by verifying the claim. This claim is in the form of a username and password. The authentication process consists of two entities; the first one inputs the credentials and the second one which authenticates or verifies the credentials. Authentication is not limited to the user; it is used to verify the identity of the device, processes, services, servers. Authorization is a method of granting access once we confirm the identity of the requester. IAM tools offer role-based access controls which enable IT, administrators, to allocate access on the business of user roles. These tools include password management tools like single sign-on (SSO), multi-factor authentication (MFA), privileged access management (PAM), and privileged identity management (PIM).
What is PAM
Privileged access management deals with the monitoring and security aspect of privileged accounts. The associated risk with a privileged account is more than the standard one as these account owners have a greater responsibility to allow or grant access to any normal user. They have a lot of extra permissions in comparison to the normal accounts. For example local administrator’s account, domain admin’s account, privileged user, or any C level executive.
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