In Blog, Identity and Access Management (IAM), Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS)

We are starting to hear from analysts that IDaaS may be the replacement to IAM. That’s a lot of acronyms, so let’s break down what that means here.

Identity and access management (IAM) has been the overarching identity management category. When IT admins and analysts have referred to connecting users to IT resources, that’s what they have meant. The category has been around in earnest for a few decades, but it’s starting to get extremely active right now.

Since a lot of vendors haven’t liked to think about it that way, they created a number of subcategories of IAM.

A More Complete View of IAM

The categories of IAM have included:

  • directory extensions
  • privileged identity management
  • multi-factor authentication
  • single sign-on

These are the most common categories, but there are others as well. One of the major ones is including web application SSO as part of IAM.

Why Web App SSO is Considered part of IAM

As the cloud started to emerge and web applications started to become much more prevalent, forward-thinking vendors started to offer web application SSO. These solutions were built on top of Active Directory. While AD would be the central identity provider, those credentials would be federated to web applications via the SSO solution.

These vendors also positioned their solution as Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS). The analysts jumped on the name as it was a sexy way to describe a new category of solution.

But SSO isn’t Truly Providing Identities as a Service

The only problem is that web application SSO wasn’t equivalent to Identity-as-a-Service.

In fact, the web SSO providers really weren’t identity providers. They were identity consumers from AD and then they would leverage the SAML protocol to create attribution-based authentication to web applications.

Over time, these SSO providers started to add more functionality, including multi-factor authentication and policies for application access. However, the SSO providers have been reluctant to take on Microsoft Active Directory.

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The Future Is Now: IDaaS Will Replace IAM

The notion that IDaaS will replace IAM is a game-changing approach to identity management. Directory-as-a-Service® is collapsing the entire stack of identity solutions into one cloud-based directory solution. IT admins can securely connect their users to Mac, Linux, and Windows systems; web applications, such as G Suite and Office 365, cloud infrastructure with AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, and others; and WiFi networks and other networking infrastructure. This IDaaS solution is a complete approach to cloud identity management. So it’s no surprise that it is replacing the term IAM.

If you would like to learn more about how IDaaS will replace IAM, drop us a note. We are happy to walk you through what we are seeing in the entire identity management marketplace and how it is evolving. As well, give our IDaaS platform a try. You can sign up for a free account and your first 10 users are free forever.

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