By Rajat Bhargava Posted April 19, 2013
OK. Bad title. Bad movie. Bad acting. But entertaining. Losing your data in 60 seconds, not so much fun. I’m betting that sometime in your career you ran across a technical employee that wasn’t pulling their weight, but the company wouldn’t let them go because they were afraid of the access and information that they had. These folks are smart, resourceful, and have made you feel just a little uncomfortable – or uncomfortable enough that you are worry about your data. Your confidential information and assets. And, as a DevOps / IT professional, it was your job to ensure that the company’s data was safe and sound. So, when word finally came down that this person was going to be terminated, you had to prepare to shut down user access to systems while they were meeting with HR. The stress of knowing what systems, what cloud providers and applications, and what data they had access to that needed to be shut down was palpable. After, you’d often wonder if you cleared everything out – were there any remnant accounts still around that this person could access?
Ensuring That Your Data Isn’t Gone in 60 Seconds
We’ve been thinking a lot about this problem at JumpCloud lately. Both from a security perspective and a compliance perspective. How can we ensure that we can terminate user access immediately across an entire network of servers – both internal and in the cloud – and then verify that there are no backdoors for this terminated employee. We think that we’ve solved this problem and as companies grow this is a scary problem. We hope that our cloud-based directory services solution will help some DevOps and IT folks rest easier. Give JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service® a shot and let us know what you think! Having a central user management system in the cloud may just be your saving grace from a bad 60 seconds.
BTW, the inverse – adding a user to all of systems that they need – is also painful in most companies. We’ll talk about that in another post here soon, but suffice it to say that JumpCloud’s Identity-as-a-Service platform can solve that issue and a whole lot more: LDAP-as-a-Service, RADIUS-as-a-Service, True SSO™, multi-factor authentication, and device management, for example!