Understanding How Identity and Access Management in the Cloud Works
According to Gartner, Identity and Access Management (IAM) is the security discipline that enables the right individuals to access the right resources at the right times for the right reasons. IAM addresses the mission-critical need to ensure appropriate access to resources across increasingly heterogeneous technology environments.
Enterprises traditionally used on-premises IAM software to manage identity and access policies, but nowadays, as companies add more cloud services to their environments, the process of managing identities is getting more complex. Therefore, adopting cloud-based Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) and cloud IAM solutions becomes a logical step.
Cloud IAM typically includes the following features:
Identity and Access Management technology can be used to initiate, capture, record, and manage user identities and their access permissions. All users are authenticated, authorized, and evaluated according to policies and roles.
Poorly controlled IAM processes may lead to regulatory non-compliance; if the organization is audited, management may not be able to prove that company data is not at risk of being misused.
It can be difficult for a company to start using cloud Identity and Access Management solutions because they don’t directly increase profitability, and it is hard for a company to cede control over infrastructure. However, there are several perks that make using an IAM solution very valuable, such as the following:
Auth0 can authenticate your users with any identity provider running on any stack, any device or cloud. It provides Single Sign-On, Multifactor Authentication, Social Login, and several more features.
You can read more about Auth0 features here: Why Auth0?
In terms of authorization, you can use the power of the rules engine to define coarse-grained authorization — that is, rules that dictate who can login (for example: at what times, from which locations and devices, and so on).
Auth0 also has a group memberships feature that can be exposed to the application (for example: group memberships in Active Directory, in Azure Active Directory, in the user’s metadata, and so on); based on that, you can do more fine-grained authorization (where only users in a particular group can access some applications).
We are always working on improving Auth0 and making things simpler; therefore, you can expect updates in these areas soon.