Why Identity Management

By Zach DeMeyer Posted September 2, 2018

Why Identity Management

The average IT admin’s day is busy. There are a lot of areas where IT organizations can spend their time. With cloud transformation, mobile, security, DevOps, and thousands of other areas, IT admins’ hands are more than full. Despite this workload, identity management should be at the forefront of every IT admin’s checklist. But, why identity management? Let’s find out.

What Does Identity Management Look Like?

What does Identity Management Look Like?

Recently, identity management has changed drastically from the way it once was. Over the last two decades, identity management has largely been synonymous with Microsoft® Active Directory®. If you had an AD server set up, your organization’s identity management was practically taken care of. When web applications like Salesforce® started to hit the IT scene, you added a web app single sign-on (SSO) platform on top of your AD server and once again, you were pretty much covered. Beyond that, IT admins simply adopted an attitude of “we have a lot of other issues to deal with. We don’t need to be spending any more time on identity management.”

Of course, savvy IT admins know that identity management is the center of an IT network; it’s a catalyst for being able to securely leverage a wide range of IT solutions. In short, being able to efficiently deal with the cloud, mobile, DevOps, and more starts with a solid identity management foundation. Modern IT networks are heterogeneous environments with a variety of locations. Some resources are located on-prem, some are in the cloud, and some are in remote offices or locations with contractors and/or employees. Having a unified method of controlling access to systems and resources is key to strong identity management.

Why Identity Management?

We also know that identity security is one of the top issues that IT organizations face. Identities are the fastest conduit to critical and confidential data. Furthermore, by seamlessly connecting end users to the IT resources they need including systems, applications, files, and networks regardless of platform, protocol, provider, and location, IT admins are increasing productivity.

Historically, IT admins have been locked in to a single vendor platform for identity management. In this heterogeneous IT world we live in, single vendor platforms are limited by their identity management capability (they prefer to work with their vendor’s IT solutions), which in turn limits admins and their organizations.

Now, with modern approaches to identity management, IT organizations can leverage whatever IT resources are best for them and still connect their users to those resources without friction. These modern approaches increase productivity and security while giving IT organizations more control over the IT infrastructure. A new generation of identity management solutions have embraced this modern approach, spearheaded by JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®.

Why JumpCloud for Identity Management?

JumpCloud directory-as-a-service

JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS) is a core directory service akin to the legacy Active Directory. What sets DaaS apart is that, since it is a third-party, cloud-based directory, it can federate user access virtually, regardless of location, platform, protocol, or provider. Offering identity management through the LDAP, SAML, and RADIUS protocols, JumpCloud can connect your end users to their systems, applications (on and off-prem), files, and networks with ease.

To see what Directory-as-a-Service can do for your identity management situation, consider signing up for JumpCloud. Not only is signing up completely free and requires no credit card, but your first ten users are included to get you started. If you have any questions, you can schedule a demo to see the platform in action, or contact us to learn why identity management should be your first priority.

Zach DeMeyer

Zach is a writer and researcher for JumpCloud with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He loves being on the cutting edge of new technology, and when he's not working, he enjoys all things outdoors, making music, and soccer.

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