Identity and Access Management

Written by Ryan Squires on September 24, 2018

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One of the hottest segments in the IT management tools marketplace is identity and access management (IAM). There are a number of different approaches to this market, but historically the most popular option has been to leverage the traditional IAM solution, Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD or AD). However, with the shift to the cloud and new requirements coming from regulatory agencies, many IT admins are wondering what is the best identity and access management solution?

What’s Best for You?

Best Identity and Access Management

Like anything else, the definition of “the best” really means what’s best for your organization. There is no best solution for every organization. So, a core part of figuring out what’s best for you is to deeply understand your requirements and what’s important to you. Is a cloud solution critical so you can rid yourself of on-prem AD and its maintenance? What about being able to support mixed-platform environments with macOS® and Linux® systems, AWS®, G Suite™, NAS devices, cloud storage and more? Is WiFi and identity security top of mind?

All of these questions and many more help IT organizations determine what IAM solution is the best fit. With the dramatic shift to the cloud underway combined with heterogeneous environments, it is clear that the traditional approach to IAM isn’t working. Leveraging the on-prem Active Directory platform and then patching it with web application SSO solutions, identity bridges, MFA point tools, governance applications, and more isn’t a sustainable identity and access management strategy. It just takes too much time, and onboarding new employees can take forever with so many different resources to allocate.

Identity and Access Management, Simplified

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The best identity and access management approaches recognize the modern IT landscape and securely manage and connect users to their IT resources regardless of platform, provider, protocol, and location. Such a solution is JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®. JumpCloud allows IT admins to securely manage their users’ access to just about any IT resource their users leverage day-to-day from a single pane of glass. No more cobbled-together strategies with each requiring a different password.

IT admins can stop worrying about their users recycling passwords, because with True Single Sign-On™ users don’t have to remember individual passwords for their systems, applications, files, or networks. Instead, they can use one set of credentials for access to: systems (Windows, Mac®, Linux®), web applications, cloud infrastructure (AWS®, Azure®, GCP™), on-prem file servers (Samba, NAS Devices), cloud storage solutions (Box™, Dropbox), legacy applications via LDAP (Jira®, MySQL), wired and WiFi networks via RADIUS, and many more resources. Plus, for extra security, JumpCloud can apply multi-factor authentication (MFA, two factor authentication, or 2FA) to user accounts and ensure that only authorized personnel can gain access to a given IT resource.

As a result, Directory-as-a-Service ensures that onboarding now happens easily and securely, from one interface. And when it comes time for an employee to move on, access to all these resources can be deprovisioned just as easily. These tools show that identity is at the heart of directory services, and with the far-reaching ability of JumpCloud, we can help you become HIPAA, GDPR, and PCI compliant.

Learn More about JumpCloud

Get Started and Learn more about JumpCloud

If you’re ready to secure user identities, leverage the best identity and access management solution, JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service. Sign up today to manage 10 users free, forever. If you’re eager to learn more about the product, visit our YouTube page for tutorials and overviews. Or, just get in contact with us and we can discuss how JumpCloud can help you.

Ryan Squires

Ryan Squires is a content writer at JumpCloud, a company dedicated to connecting users to the IT resources they need securely and efficiently. He has a degree in Journalism and Media Communication from Colorado State University.

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