Why Now May Be a Good Time to Consider JumpCloud

Written by Kayla Coco-Stotts on May 16, 2020

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The stock market is undergoing drastic changes, businesses are being displaced, and the future feels uncertain. Why would anybody spend time looking at a cloud directory service when there could be so many more pressing issues organizations need to address? 

Some organizations may have already solved issues with working remotely, addressed cost inefficiencies, and improved their security posture to accommodate employees working on potentially insecure networks. 

However, many others realize a need to establish a new normal. The way people work has changed entirely, and admins see this mandatory shift as a chance to find a new approach to their IT infrastructure that creates a far more nimble, agile, and productive organization. 

JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® centralizes user identities and access to virtually all their resources under a core platform at a relatively low cost with lightweight implementation. As the world’s first cloud directory service, JumpCloud offers streamlined remote user management without the need for costly on-premises equipment. So for organizations looking to enable their employees to work securely  from home, JumpCloud can provide a new way to approach IT: the domainless enterprise.

What is the Domainless Enterprise?

The Active Directory® domain was a staple in IT for decades. It provided centralized access to IT resources, surrounded by a secured perimeter. The idea was that a user could connect to an organization’s internal network, which would grant them access to all the resources they needed.

Although the domain functioned well for organizations that utilized on-prem, Windows-based resources, it’s now common for organizations to leverage resources beyond the Windows® domain — such as macOS®, Linux®, G Suite™, and AWS®. The traditional domain struggles to manage these resources.

The domainless concept represents a break from the past and is ideal for the new world reality of a distributed workforce, cloud IT resources, and increased security requirements. Instead of building a fortress to surround on-prem assets, the domainless enterprise model ensures each user and their devices are secure, no matter where they’re located, and grants them the minimum resource access they need to do their jobs. This model advocates moving away from the on-prem domain because most resources are cloud-based and location-agnostic now.   

The benefits of a domainless approach include significantly reduced costs, a far more productive workforce, and new methods to combat security breaches. Let’s break down each of these value points.

Reducing Operating Costs 

Every IT admin is charged with connecting users to their IT resources. Some do it manually while others may use platforms such as Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD), web application single sign-on (SSO), and privileged access management to facilitate the process. 

Many of these tools require significant ongoing management, hardware maintenance, and implementation/integration with a number of moving parts. When shifting to cloud technology, IT organizations can replace multiple tools, management overhead, and infrastructure with one platform: JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service. 

The cost savings can be quite significant and the SaaS-based, pay-as-you-go model with monthly or annual contracts provides flexibility that organizations need today.

Enabling a Remote Workforce

As many organizations shift to a remote model, many IT admins struggle to deal with this new reality. Those that leverage the traditional domain still have to provide access to IT resources and manage their systems with policies. With systems now located elsewhere, and many using non-Windows platforms, IT admins struggle to keep their users productive and secure. 

For many, next-generation identity management technology will facilitate this new way of work. A domainless architecture — provided by Directory-as-a-Service — connects users to their IT resources regardless of their location. This includes:

  • Systems (Windows, Mac, Linux)
  • Internal data servers and cloud servers (e.g. data centers, AWS, GCP™)
  • On-prem and web-based applications via LDAP and SAML
  • Physical and virtual file servers (Samba NAS appliances, G Drive™, Box, etc.)
  • Wireless and VPN networks through RADIUS-as-a-Service 

In short, JumpCloud can Make Work Happen™ for your newly remote organization.

New Methods to Combat Security Breaches 

A remote workforce always gives admins pause when it comes to security. Is the remote user’s network secure? Are their machines still secure? Are they practicing safe browsing habits and good password hygiene? 

Couple that with an environment that is highly chaotic — which hackers use to their advantage — and IT organizations have an uphill battle to keep their organizations secure. With JumpCloud, IT admins can handle many of the core, foundational security items in one platform.

First, JumpCloud helps lock down and secure identities through anti-phishing technology and built-in MFA services. Second, IT admins can lock down systems by ensuring proper security configurations are in place, such as that full disk encryption is enabled, screen saver lock is on, and USB ports are disabled. Also, JumpCloud’s premium System Insights™ feature returns key telemetry about systems. Third, JumpCloud can help control VPN access and increase security by ensuring users access their VPNs with their core credentials and by enabling MFA for VPNs.

Through one platform, IT admins can dramatically increase their security and address a top issue for a breach — identity theft through phishing.

JumpCloud Is Here To Help

At a time of intense pressure, it is easy to push things off. However, sometimes taking a step back and working on the core foundational aspects of a job can lead to significant positive outcomes. 

JumpCloud just may be that core solution that helps you save money, ensures your team is productive, secures remote environments, and reduces the overhead that you have to do your job.

Reach out to us with any questions you may have, or you can register up to 10 users for free, forever. 

Kayla Coco-Stotts

Kayla is a content writer at JumpCloud with a B.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Kentucky. She hails from St. Louis, Missouri, and loves to eat good food and hike Boulder's beautiful trails when she is not writing.

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