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November/December 2016, Vol. 2, No. 10

Why you need identity and access management as a service

Identity and access management as a service is surging in importance thanks to the spread of cloud-based applications. Older on-premises applications can easily integrate with Microsoft Active Directory, but cloud-based applications often have their own siloed directories. Provisioning and maintaining user accounts for these applications is a time-consuming task for IT. It's also a burden to users, who have to remember additional passwords for cloud-based desktop or mobile apps. IT departments need better identity management and access capabilities, such as single sign-on (SSO) and federation, which allows users to access applications from multiple sources with one login. Identity management also has major security implications. Sixty-three percent of data breaches involve using weak, default or stolen passwords, according to Verizon's "2016 Data Breach Investigations Report." Identity federation can reduce the exposure of passwords, and multifactor authentication can decrease the likelihood of hackers using weak, default or ...

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