By Natalie Bluhm Posted March 9, 2019
What are the benefits of IDaaS (Identity-as-a-Service)? Are the benefits the same across the different players in the space? As you consider your identity management strategy, these are excellent questions to be asking. An even more important one that you need to consider, though, is what does IDaaS mean to each player in the space? So, before we can discuss benefits, we need to define what we really mean by IDaaS.
Definitions of IDaaS
Generally, the analyst community and press have referred to web application single sign-on as IDaaS. The early cloud-based single sign-on companies were able to convince the big analyst firms that their category should be called IDaaS. As time has passed, IT admins have realized that the concept of IDaaS should really go beyond user management for web applications because their employees are using their work identities for so much more than just this IT resource.
Fortunately, the concept of IDaaS has been adapted and reworked to be more encompassing. Today, there are modern cloud identity management solutions that can connect users to their systems, on-prem and web applications, cloud and on-prem server infrastructure, physical and virtual file servers, as well as wired and WiFi networks. Clearly, this more modern definition of IDaaS is a huge win for many IT organizations. With an IDaaS solution that supports this definition, they can centralize user access to virtually all IT resources, as opposed to just one. With this definition in mind, let’s take a look at some of the benefits that come with this type of Identity-as-a-Service platform.
A Look at the Benefits of IDaaS
More Time to Focus on What Really Matters
The first benefit of a comprehensive IAM platform is the power you gain from managing your IT environment from a single pane of glass. You no longer have to suffer through piecemeal processes that are inefficient and prone to human error, and you can gift your end users with a single set of credentials to access everything they need. Everybody earns more time to work on what truly matters. However, this increase in productivity doesn’t mean a decrease in security. In fact it’s just the opposite, which brings us to the next benefit.
With a modern IDaaS solution, you’ll be able to tightly control access and centrally increase security through features such as password complexity management, 2FA, and SSH keys among others. With identities being the number one attack vector, identity security features such as these are instrumental to your game plan for protecting your environment. Securing identities is just one way a more comprehensive IDaaS solution can help protect your IT environment, though. It can also help you fortify systems, WiFi, and data, making it easier to implement a Zero Trust Security approach across your entire IT environment.
Freedom of Choice
The last benefit we will discuss in this article is the ability to choose the IT resources that make the most sense for you and your users. After all, no two IT environments look the same, so it doesn’t make sense to conform all IT organizations into leveraging the same set of IT resources. When a company gets to use the best tools for their situation, the upside is an increase in agility and speed which in turn often leads to having a more competitive position in your market.
So where do you find an IDaaS platform that offers benefits like these? Consider starting your search with JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®.
Benefits of Identity-as-a-Service with JumpCloud
JumpCloud securely connects users to virtually all of their IT resources regardless of protocol, platform, provider, and location. As a result, IT admins can fully expect to attain the benefits that come with a comprehensive IDaaS solution. You’ll gain the agility, security and efficiency that comes from being able to leverage a single pane of glass to run your entire IT environment, and end users will enjoy One Identity to Rule Them All®.
How to Move Forward
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