12th December, 2021
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Today, organizations possess huge amounts of data, and it is stored across various places such as drives, applications, systems, etc. Giving appropriate access of relevant resources to users is important. It not only protects confidential information but also ensures a good user experience.
Further, giving access to users when not required or giving privilege access unnecessarily can be very costly. It can cause several damages to the organization in the form of data breaches, such as losing intellectual property, damaged customer trust and reputation, and in certain cases, heavy fines levied by regulators like GDPR HIPAA, if personal information were lost in the breach due to a loophole in organizations security.
An identity and access management system (IAM) ensures that the right and relevant people in the organization get access to the tools and information they require. With the help of identity and access management (IAM) software, organizations can design and develop their own set of rules for different circumstances, times, and conditions for the users to access the information stored in digital assets.
In this post, we are going to discuss some of the identity and access management (IAM) tools that you can use in your organization to protect data and information as well as ensure that users are getting relevant information as per their requirements.
Okta is a leading identity and access management (IAM) solution provider which is used by over 14000 global brands to secure their digital interactions with employees and customers. It keeps all applications in one place and allows access quickly with single-sign-on without having to maintain different passwords for every application. Okta enables users to access any application from any device, anytime and anywhere.
Identity management and password management
Allows to access any applications from anywhere with one single password
Secure resources by allowing only the right users to access it
Direct integration with a large number of applications (more than 7000)
Allows organizations to easily onboard and offboard users
Simple and easy to use. Its user interface is very intuitive
Configuring custom applications can be difficult if they are not directly integrated with Okta.
It is expensive when compared to many other providers
CyberArk identity and access management (IAM) tool protects organizations from modern cyber-attacks and helps users to get the right resources easily. It is simple to use and easily integrates with other tools. With CyberArk, users can access any application with just one click and a single set of credentials. So, users don't have to worry about different passwords for different applications.
It secures non-human identities across the DevOps pipeline – without sacrificing business agility.
Securely authenticate users with VPN-less access from a single web portal
Detects and prevent threats in real-time
Manage passwords of different applications
Allows organizations to swiftly onboard and offboard users
Secure resources from external threats
Does not have a large catalog of direct integrations with applications
It can be a bit sluggish to load when a large number of users use
OneLogin empowers organizations to make employees' experience better by giving them access to all applications with a single set of credentials. It has more than 6000 direct integrations with several applications. OneLogin makes onboarding and onboarding users very easy and efficient by allowing them to give or revoke access in a single click.
Grant access rights by defined roles, rules, and policies
Deliver audit-ready reports to meet compliance requirements
Automate onboarding and offboarding
Enhances user experience
Helps organizations to give the right resources to relevant users and keep them secure from unauthorized access
Seamless integration with multiple applications
They don’t have any administrative API’s
Support can be problematic as it takes time to resolve issues and respond
SailPoint is an identity and access management tool that empowers organizations to centralize access for all applications and data from one single dashboard. It automates compliance and delivers audit-ready reports. SailPoint sends alerts for any sort of abnormalities in user behaviors to ensure that organizations' data are secure.
Easily manage and control access for all the digital identities and ensure that resources are shared to only authorized users.
Quickly generates compliance reports and keep audit-ready
Support is top-notch and always keen to assist
Great automation capabilities
Intuitive and easy to use product
Does not provide a granular level report
Some basic features are not available.
RSA SecurID is an enterprise-grade identity and access management platform which comes with flexible deployment options. RSA is a subsidiary of Dell EMC. RSA SecurID offers all necessary features which are essential for larger organizations, such as SSO, identity governance, and identity and lifecycle management. For employees, RSA SecurID enables them to access different applications with a single set of credentials to enhance their experience as well as reduce the load of managing multiple credentials.
Reduce risk and enhance users
Enforces organizations policies and ensures that users are compliant with that
Password management and identity management
Easy to use, deploy and configure
Provides self-service console for users
Flexible deployment options
Clumsy user interface
Poor customer service
Ping Identity empowers organizations to provide a convenient employee experience while accessing different applications. It eliminates the hurdle of keeping different credentials for accessing various applications. With Ping Identity, employees can access any application with a single credential from a centralized dashboard.
Secure digital assets of the organization and allow to access authorized users
One-click access to any application
Its intuitive user interface makes it easy to use
Support is responsive and always keen to assist
Lacks user monitoring features
Does not provide granular level reporting
Symantec by Broadcom is an enterprise focussed identity and access management platform. IAM is part of its Identity Security Suite, which includes the SaaS-based VIP and Advanced Authentication Solutions. It also performs risk analysis and detects location-based anomalies in different accounts to prevent threats.
Admins can manage users from a centralized dashboard and can easily give or revoke access to different users.
Detects location-based anomalies
Enhances users experience by allowing them to access different applications securely with single credentials
It is intuitive and user friendly
Secure, reliable, and scalable authentication
Role-based access control
Takes time to get used to it due to overwhelming features
ForgeRock is an enterprise-grade identity and access management platform with advanced cloud infrastructure and artificial intelligence to make organizations easy to manage, secure, and govern all user identity across the organization. It ensures that only authorized users are accessing resources to protect against any threat or data breach. Further, it improves operational efficiency by automating account creation and removal as well as doing various other tasks to reduce manual efforts.
Password and identity management
Automated workflow for various tasks such as onboarding and offboarding
Broad authentication option empowers employees without compromising on security and policies
It is simple to use and design workflows
Automation capabilities for different tasks
Secure accounts from threats
Time taking initial set up
It is costly
IBM IAM is a comprehensive identity and access management solution that empowers enterprises to manage the complete lifecycle of users' identities and digital interactions. Its cloud IAM incorporates AI, big data, and deep analytics to automate various tasks of identity management, such as changing users' access identifying any anomalies in users' behavior.
Organizations can create and manage access policies
Control access with a delegation
User management allows users to access different applications securely and efficiently.
Intuitive and easy to use
Offers multi-factor authentication (MFA) and other security features to protect accounts
Initial set up time taking
Expensive and not suitable for small companies because of that
There are primarily two issues with identity and access management tools (IAM tools). We have discussed those in this article: Deprovisioning: SSOs vs. Zluri. Here is the summary:
Difficult to connect IAM tools with All SaaS Applications: This is because the setup takes high effort and time, and thus all the SaaS plans that you can connect with IAM tools are costly.
Offboarding users possess security challenges: In many cases, due to misconfiguration, ex-employees can still access the apps.
Though Zluri is not an identity management solution, you can use it for access management. Note that the core value of Zluri comes from the fact that it connects directly with the applications. Thus, we get data directly from the source of truth.
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