Identity and Access Management (IAM) product is a platform for managing the authentication and authorization of user accounts in an organizational environment. it is used to create new user accounts and organizational groups, privilege assignments, and access policy configurations.
An IAM also provides the required backend infrastructure for Single Sign On (SSO), enabling the organizations’ users to log in to any resource with a single username and password. While historically organizations had only an on-prem environment, managed by a single IAM, the gradual shift to the cloud and increase in SaaS usage has created a more complex environment in which several IAM are used simultaneously to manage different types of resources.
Most organizations today employ at least two separate IAM solutions to manage access to all their resources in the hybrid environment:
The main security gap IAM introduce is that each of them operates within its own silo without any mutual data sharing. In practice it means that none of them can see the full context of each authentication, ultimately resulting in reduced capabilities to detect potential risks within it.
Moreover, Active Directory – one of the most prominent IAM – doesn’t support any type of risk analysis or real-time MFA prevention, beyond merely checking if usernames and credentials match. These together mean that IAM by themselves cannot act as the protection layer against identity threats. Learn how Silverfort solves this problem.