Serverless Identity Security

By Ryan Squires Posted December 21, 2018

Serverless Identity Security

Is there a serverless identity security solution worth considering? As more IT management tools move to the cloud, IT admins are searching for innovative IAM solutions to help protect their organizations by securing identities. Identity breaches represent the number one way that organizations are hacked, in fact, 81% of breaches relating to hacks are the result of stolen or weak passwords. With a figure as such in tow, it makes sense that IT admins are searching for new identity security solutions.

Identity Security in a Global IT Environment

Identity Security

Because identity management is such a broad industry, there are countless ways to skin the identity security cat. The challenge comes when you start to consider the changing IT landscape. No longer is it enough to have control over everything on-prem and standardize your infrastructure on Windows platforms and applications. Our IT resources have gone global, and many of them are no longer Windows-based.

Today’s IT network is diverse and all over the world from a wide range of providers. Data centers have been replaced by AWS®.  G Suite™ and Office 365™ replaced Exchange. Windows systems, too, have been replaced by Macs® and open source Linux® machines. Controlling access to all of these disparate IT resources is not an easy task. And with traditional identity providers, like Microsoft® Active Directory®, the implementation time to get these resources to cooperate is burdensome. As a result, a tremendous surface for potential identity breaches exists due to these new resources.

Searching for a Serverless Identity Protection Tool

The outcome of all this change is that IT admins are searching for new approaches to protecting identities. Thus, bringing us back to the idea of serverless identity security. The good news is that a new generation of cloud identity management solution is emerging to help IT organizations with this initiative. Because it is delivered from the cloud, there is no need for on-prem server configuration, maintenance, and securing, which frees IT admins to work on implementing new initiatives or higher-value tasks.  

Called Directory-as-a-Service® (DaaS), this cloud identity provider is taking significant steps to increase identity security. As a cloud identity and access management solution, the foundation of DaaS is all about security. Passwords are one-way salted and hashed. SSH keys can (and should) be used to access Linux® servers, for example. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) can be leveraged at the system level (for Mac and Linux) and at the application layer as well. Plus, admins can now remotely enable full disk encryption (FDE). In short, IT admins have full control over access to a wide range of IT resources including systems, applications, files and networks with the click of a button.

Learn More About JumpCloud®

learn more about serverless identity security

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Ryan Squires

Ryan Squires is a content writer at JumpCloud, a company dedicated to connecting users to the IT resources they need securely and efficiently. He has a degree in Journalism and Media Communication from Colorado State University.

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