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Identity and Access Management

Core Practices to Secure Digital Identities

In today's security climate, if you’re not keeping up, then you’re putting your company at risk of experiencing breaches, losing productivity, and falling behind the competition. DZone's Identity and Access Management (IAM) Refcard explores IAM key concepts, rising challenges, and core practices to securing digital identities.

Published: Dec. 10, 2020    |    Modified: Dec. 11, 2020
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Refcard #341

Identity and Access Management

Core Practices to Secure Digital Identities

In today's security climate, if you’re not keeping up, then you’re putting your company at risk of experiencing breaches, losing productivity, and falling behind the competition. DZone's Identity and Access Management (IAM) Refcard explores IAM key concepts, rising challenges, and core practices to securing digital identities.

Published: Dec. 10, 2020    |    Modified: Dec. 11, 2020
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Written by

author avatar Cassa Niedringhaus Product Marketing, JumpCloud

Brought to you by

JumpCloud
Table of Contents

Introduction

About IAM

Core Practices

Conclusion

Section 1

Introduction

Identities have quietly become the most critical digital assets in the modern era. And whether management knows it or not, many of the most crucial conversations they have with IT are really conversations about identities.  

A fast-moving, efficient, and secure business orbits around successfully managing your team’s identities — and it always has. But today, there are more high-quality corporate resources to connect to than ever before. This diversification of resources contributes to a fundamental shift in the Identity and Access Management market (IAM). If you’re not keeping up, then you’re putting your company at risk of experiencing breaches, losing productivity, and falling behind the competition. 

This guide doesn’t just show how the Identity and Access Management landscape is shifting. It also shows you how to shift along with it. It’s a brave new world of IAM — and you can use it to your advantage to move your business forward even faster and more efficiently. 


This is a preview of the Identity and Access Management Refcard. To read the entire Refcard, please download the PDF from the link above.

Section 2

About IAM

Let’s start by taking a look at everything IT needs to provision access to in the modern era: 

  • Internal Applications: These apps are developed in-house and stored on-premises (or with cloud infrastructure providers). 
  • Third-Party Apps (SaaS): These are web apps such as Salesforce, Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), Microsoft 365, GitHub, and Slack. 
  • Cloud Infrastructure: This includes cloud servers from providers like AWS, Azure, and GCP.  
  • Wi-Fi: The all-important internet.  
  • Documents/Files: This includes text files, spreadsheets, PDFs, and reports. 
  • Devices: This includes Windows, Mac, and Linux devices. 

For years, IT has tried to use legacy identity management systems to control this jumble of new IT resources, even though that means a proliferation of unmanaged identities. Legacy identity management systems are not designed to connect natively to many modern IT resources, like SaaS apps, cloud infrastructure, and Mac devices.   

The identity crisis has been simmering for a decade now, and it’s reaching a boil. This is particularly true now, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced a drastic acceleration in remote work and increased reliance on cloud-based resources. IT administrators around the world are getting overwhelmed and fed up. But here’s the good news: In recent years, there’s been a concerted effort to create better identity management solutions for the enterprise. 


This is a preview of the Identity and Access Management Refcard. To read the entire Refcard, please download the PDF from the link above.

Section 3

Core Practices

In this section, let’s examine five challenges in modern IAM, as well as practical tools and solutions that exist to address those challenges.  

Challenge 1: Vulnerable Identities 

Credential theft drives breaches — but everyone likes to say, “It will never happen to me.” However, more than one in four data breach victims last year were small businesses.1 

Clearly, greater security and stronger authentication are paramount for every organization, large or small. These are some steps you can take to fortify your identities: 

  • Enforce strong identity controls, including strict password requirements. 
  • Require multi-factor authentication on devices, applications, and other high-value access points. 
  • Train employees to use strong, unique passwords, and train them to recognize phishing attempts. 
  • Encourage users to implement a password manager. 

We’ll discuss these steps in greater detail in the Solutions section. 


This is a preview of the Identity and Access Management Refcard. To read the entire Refcard, please download the PDF from the link above.

Section 4

Conclusion

When people look back on the trajectory of the Identity and Access Management space decades from now, they’ll see an inflection point — the moment when identities stopped proliferating out endlessly and began to consolidate again. The future of identities is simpler, more efficient, and more secure. 

As more and more resources move to the cloud, there’s no way around the fact that it’s the most efficient way to manage identities. 

But what about security? It might seem like the cloud is an easy target, but with correct security practices applied, the opposite is true. So move forward into the new world of cloud identity management with confidence. High costs and insufficient management are in the rear-view. Better security and authoritative identities lie ahead. 


This is a preview of the Identity and Access Management Refcard. To read the entire Refcard, please download the PDF from the link above.

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