Identity and Access Management (IAM) is the cornerstone of any modern IT infrastructure. By ensuring that the right user accesses the right resources at the right time, IAM solutions help secure the work-from-anywhere environment. Apart from helping organizations ensure a productive distributed workforce and business continuity, IAM solutions can help organizations with many more use cases as well. Some of them are listed below.
IAM helps organizations in addressing the problems posed by multiple usernames, passwords and login portals by enabling Single Sign-On (SSO). Organizations can consolidate the many credential repositories built individually for each application or system into one single master repository, saving the time and effort the users need while logging in to multiple applications individually. SSO enables users to be more productive and efficient without compromising on security.
Having a modern IAM solution in place is among the very first steps in providing your workforce with a simple, secure and reliable access to corporate systems from any device – be it their personal laptops or desktops or smartphones. With a secure bring-your-own-device policy, organizations can reap many benefits it stands to offer like better operational agility, improved productivity, IT cost savings etc.
A critical task of an IAM system is to authenticate an identity by confirming that the user is who he/she claims to be. A modern IAM solution uses MFA which makes use of two or more identifying credentials like OTPs or push notifications to carry out the authentication process, which results in an added layer of security on top of conventional passwords.
Role-based access control
A modern IAM solution provides role-based access control, which enables organizations to manage access to corporate applications and data based on the users’ pre-defined roles within the organization. Users shall be provided access to only what is needed – nothing more or nothing less, to perform their duties. Role-based access control reduces administrative burden on IT teams while improving operational efficiency and ensuring compliance.