By Zach DeMeyer Posted September 7, 2018
At the beginning of this year, over four million businesses worldwide paid for Google’s G Suite™ (TechRadar). That number has surely increased since then. With Google’s wide reach in the IT market, there is little doubt of the impact that they have made in the information security space. After the recent introduction of Google Cloud Identity Management, many IT organizations are intrigued by the possibilities it can bring. Specifically, people are curious about how Google supports identity security with their new Cloud Identity platform.
What is Google Cloud Identity Management?
Google Cloud Identity Management is a user management system for Google’s G Suite and other services, as well as a web application single sign-on (SSO) solution. Of course, Google would like you to utilize their Cloud Identity Management platform to center your user’s identity around their products. Google supports extensive identity security within their own platform through strong password control, multi-factor authentication (MFA), and other security features.
But, what about all of an end user’s other necessary resources? An ideal identity management platform should create a unified, secure identity that can be used to access every facet of the work day. IT admins have quickly realized that this isn’t quite possible with Google Cloud Identity Management because of Google’s brand-centric approach to identity management. A Google-based identity doesn’t extend to on-prem resources, including systems (Windows®, Mac®, Linux®), WiFi or LDAP-based applications. Cloud Identity Management doesn’t even federate access to cloud servers hosted at AWS® or Azure®.
Outsourced Identity Security
As a result, IT admins need to find other ways to take identity security seriously and build an identity management approach that is holistic across their entire organization: from on-prem applications to cloud-based and remote resources. Savvy IT organizations have been leveraging a modern cloud identity management platform, called Directory-as-a-Service®, to satisfy their identity security requirements.
As a cloud identity provider that tightly integrates with Google’s platforms such as G Suite and GCP®, this SaaS directory service steps up security through password complexity management, SSH key management, MFA, one-way salted and hashed passwords, strong vulnerability and penetration testing programs, compliance activities, and more.
Identity Security for Google and More: JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®
The JumpCloud® platform, Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS), is a new generation of identity security solutions that reprises the role of a strong directory system as a security provider. With DaaS, IT admins can hearken back to the glory days of Microsoft® Active Directory®, but with the sleek performance required in the cloud era. By utilizing the RADIUS, LDAP, and SAML protocols, DaaS links end users’ various identities and accounts (G Suite, Office 365™, Salesforce®, AWS®, etc.) together under One Identity to Rule them All®. These hyper-secure, unified identities are paramount when considering identity security.
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