Your enterprise is transitioning to a hybrid network. Maybe it already has. This is great news, but it also presents a challenge. Enterprises have traditionally used identity and access management (IAM) solutions to manage users and assets. These solutions can be very different for cloud and web-based apps, on-premise systems, privileged access and perimeter access.
This situation leaves enterprises with a collection of disparate identity solutions that cannot talk with one another. The resulting multiple identity silos only solve one piece of the puzzle and deliver varying degrees of security control, visibility and user experience. Because there’s no single standard for identity management systems to interoperate, no one has come up with a way of centralizing secure user authentication and resource access between all these IAM components.
Silverfort has tackled this issue head-on by developing the only platform that can truly orchestrate identity and authentication management across hybrid-cloud environments. It’s based on a concept known as unified identity protection, which centralizes the protection of all human and machine identities within a single platform.
Benefits of Silverfort’s solution include:
Clear visibility into the behavior of users across hybrid networks.
A consolidated audit trail that tracks activity across both on-premises networks and cloud environments provides better context and improved detection of anomalies and malicious behavior patterns.
Extending modern Cloud IAM protections to legacy on-premises resources.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) makes it difficult for attackers to access protected resources even when they have stolen valid user credentials. But not all identity protection solutions offer this control. On-premises directories, for example, cannot offer this. But with Silverfort, any asset residing within the network can be secured with MFA.
Applying conditional access and risk-based authentication policies using on-premises IAM directories.
Until now, the types of capabilities available from modern Cloud IdPs have not been available for on-premise IAM directories. Today’s threat landscape requires secure authentication and access both inside and outside the network perimeter to prevent compromise and data theft, which is one of the key elements of any zero trust security strategy.
Providing a better user experience.
A unified approach to IAM not only provides a consistent, less confusing experience but also means that users no longer have to authenticate multiple times, with a different sign-in method just because they’re accessing resources that happen to be managed by different IAM solutions.
As IAM and cybersecurity concerns grow with the shift to hybrid environments and remote workforces, it’s only a matter of time until organizations are compelled to confront this issue. By ensuring they have the means of unifying and enforcing policies holistically and consistently, organizations can transform chaos into order.
This blog post is excerpted from an article written for Forbes. For the full article, click here.