Identity management gives the opportunity to a company to effectively identify, authenticate and authorise single users or groups and their access to specific information – applications, data, networks and systems. User permissions and restrictions on what the employees can access and perform are connected to created by the organisation identities, which can be controlled and configured in an efficient manner. That means that only the right people can access the right resources, at the right times, for the right reasons.
With digital transformation via cloud computing, it is possible to have flexible access to apps and data anywhere at any time, so it’s crucial that identity is on the same level as security – that is why they are so tightly linked. Every organisation should have a top-priority objective – to have the right capabilities to safeguard the new adoption of cloud technology and at the same time to protect information confidentiality in every industry. The strategic partnership between PATECCO and IBM provides the opportunity to leverage solutions that manage both.
- Why IBM CLOUD IDENTITY?
IBM Cloud Identity helps you ensure user productivity with cloud-based features for single sign-on (SSO), multi-factor authentication and identity governance. The solution includes a variety of pre-defined connectors that allow you to quickly provide access to commonly used SaaS applications. You have the option of defining templates for integrating your own applications. Take advantage of these opportunities when securely connecting mobile workplaces e.g. in the home office.
1. Single sign-on
A major benefit of the cloud is easy access to business tools, whenever and wherever users need them. But when tools and the passwords they require begin to multiply, that benefit can turn into a hassle. Many cloud-based applications that users want, do not have built-in security and authentication features.
You can also forget about username and password problems. Your employees can access thousands of cloud-based applications (such as Microsoft Office 365, Concur, Workday, IBM Box and IBM Verse) in your company with one registration. This gives you easy access to browser, mobile and on-premises applications.
1.1 IBM Cloud Identity SSO capabilities include:
- Thousands of prebuilt connectors to federate to popular SaaS applications
- Prebuilt templates to help integrate legacy and on-premises applications
- Employee-facing launchpads to access any application
- A seamless user experience to access any application with one username and password
- A cloud directory for organizations that don’t already have a user directory
- The ability to sync on-premises directories like Microsoft AD for use with cloud applications
- Support for multiple federation standards, including SAML, OAuth and OpenID Connect (OIDC)
2. Secure access through Multi-factor authentication
In addition to the user ID and password, multi-factor authentication asks for other factors in order to grant access to applications in the cloud. Depending on the sensitivity of the data, the administrator can flexibly decide to what extent this is necessary.
2.1 IBM Cloud Identity MFA capabilities include:
- A simple user interface (UI) for defining and modifying access controls
- One-time passcodes delivered via email, SMS or mobile push notification
- Biometric authentication, including fingerprint, face, voice and user presence
- Second-factor authentication for virtual private networks (VPNs)
- The ability to use context from enterprise mobility management and malware detection solutions for risk-based authentication
- Software development kits (SDKs) to easily integrate mobile applications with the broader access security platform
- Risk-based user authorization and authentication policies that use:
- Identity (groups, roles and fraud indicators)
- Environment (geographic location, network and IP reputation)
- Resource/action (what is being requested)
- User behavior (location velocity
3.Optimized management of the user cycle
Optimize onboarding and offboarding of users. In addition, you can easily create guidelines for access requests via self-service – for both on-premises and cloud applications.
4.Easy access to applications with the App-Launchpad
All applications can be conveniently searched, displayed and called up from a central point. The launchpad combines all applications – both on-premises and cloud services.
IBM Cloud Identity supports users’ requirements for frictionless access to applications, business leaders’ needs to increase productivity, developers’ needs to roll out new services quickly, and IT requirements to more rapidly respond to business change.
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Info source: IBM website