By Natalie Bluhm Posted April 9, 2018
The identity and access management (IAM) market is in flux. This makes a lot of sense because the IT landscape has been shifting dramatically over the last decade. Various identity management categories are morphing and merging. One example of this is the cloud directory feature for MFA (multi-factor authentication). After all, protecting assets with just a username and password is simply no longer adequate. One report even found that 80% of breaches could have been prevented if MFA (also known as 2FA) had been implemented.
So, let’s take a look at why some organizations have been prolonging their adoption of MFA. Before we dive into the topic of MFA though, we first need to discuss the component that is at the center of managing user credentials: directory services.
Directory Services and the Changing IT Landscape
Directory services is a core category within the IAM market. The category really came of age with the advent of two solutions – OpenLDAP™
and Microsoft® Active Directory®. As most know, AD would go on to become the most popular identity provider in the space. For most organizations, Active Directory represented the core of their identity management approach.
Then the IT landscape changed to include cloud-based resources and the rise of non-Microsoft resources like Mac® and Linux®.systems, G Suite™
, and NAS appliances. Active Directory as the sole core identity management solution was no longer sufficient, so IT admins started to need a number of add-on tools.
Web application single sign-on was incorporated to extend access to web applications. Mac and Linux machines needed another category of solution often called an identity bridge. Governance solutions were implemented for logging and audit requirements. And, often multi-factor authentication solutions were purchased for security. The wide variety of different solutions ended up making sense because of all of the varying needs. Of course, this approach added more complexity and risk to an organization’s IT infrastructure. The good news is that a new generation of the cloud directory feature MFA is solving the problem of heterogeneous environments.
JumpCloud Directory Feature MFA
This modern cloud identity management platform is the reimagination of Active Directory for the cloud era. As the core identity provider for an organization, JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® is securely managing and connecting user identities to the IT resources they need including systems, applications, files, and networks regardless of platform, provider, protocol, and location.
In addition to providing user and system management capabilities, this cloud directory has a feature for Multi-Factor Authentication. IT admins can add MFA capabilities when accessing the user and admin portals, as well as add MFA to Mac and Linux systems. This effectively gives IT organizations both system and application layer MFA. In addition to securing identities with MFA, JumpCloud has a feature for Password Complexity Management and an Event Logging API to help you fortify security in your environment even more.
IT no longer has to pick between security or ease of use because JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service values them both. End users have an easier time accessing their resources and IT admins benefit from having one place to manage all of their users and IT resources. When all resources are managed using JumpCloud, IT organizations also achieve widespread visibility, thereby increasing security in their organization.
Find Out More about the Cloud Directory Feature MFA
Explore the JumpCloud cloud directory feature MFA by signing up for a free account. Your first ten users are free forever, and you’ll be able to test the whole platform. If you have any questions about MFA or our other identity security features, please don’t hesitate to drop us a note. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.