The explosion of cloud services, connected portable devices and the Internet of Things are providing more opportunities for today’s business diversity. It is also allowing businesses to perform daily tasks with different software, designed to allow them to be more informed and more competitive.
The provision of software as a service on the cloud, is allowing businesses to streamline their operation and become more efficient. And a company which has multiple outlets, can provide a more reliable and consistent provision of services, when it avails itself of cloud services. However, there are also certain applications or information, which a business would ideally like to keep in-house, for security or convenience. Providing secure access and availability to the applications, information and services of a business is becoming more difficult.
When employees of a firm connect to several services, supplied by different cloud service providers, there is a greater likelihood of security issues. The risks increase when employees are working on the road, or are away from their desks. Allowing employees to access company information, through mobile devices, compounds security issues, especially when personal devices are used.
Having to access a variety of services and remember multiple logins, may lead to insecure passwords, and an increased risk of being hacked. Even when employee passwords are secure, allowing the correct level of access to each employee, can prove to be quite time consuming. The use of a secure and responsive identity management solutions provider, may be the answer.
Identity as a service (IDaaS) is a secure and reliable way to maintain access control, and provide secure sign-in for employees, contractors, business partners and even the public. By interacting with the in-house IT department, an IDaaS provider, can help develop access protocols to suit a range of situations. Using protocols based on a company’s internal levels of responsibility, an IDaaS service can limit unauthorised access to a range of cloud services. Identity management access will allow users to gain admission to the services they require to do their jobs, but only at the level they require.
The provision of single sign-on and multi-factor authorisation can also be added to the protocols. Single sign-on provision allows users to sign on to multiple services, by logging into the IDaaS providers access point. The IDaaS software, then signs the user into the required service when necessary. The use of multi-factor authorisation, can help to limit unauthorised access to services, by using an additional log-in step. This may consist of a chipped identity card, a USB key, a biometric reader, or a third-party app on a separate device.
As the provision of cloud services increase, there will be more benefits, and risks to businesses. However, choosing not to use these services, will place a business behind its competition. Identity management as a service, will develop as the internet grows, and as more devices gain connectivity. The use of identity solutions, will keep a business well positioned to take advantage of provisions as they become available.