There have never been greater threats to company, user and identity information than there are today. Hackers can steal business records, transaction details, credit information and virtually all kinds of sensitive personal information.
Companies should aim to maximize protection for both their business’ and their customers’ information. Thankfully, there are almost as many identity solutions as there are threats to data security.
Here at G2 Crowd we divide identity management software into four specific categories: Cloud Identity and Access Management, Password Management, SSO/Federation, and User Provisioning/Governance software.
Cloud Identity and Access Management
Cloud identity and access management software tools, like Okta Bitium and RSA SecurID, are considered by many to be the future of enterprise governance software. These products are highly scalable and offer a long-term solution for identity management. They offer users access both locally and across a variety of devices while still being monitored by administrators.
These tools often provide a variety of features present in other software such as single sign-on and user password management capabilities. But the main components of cloud identity and access management platforms are the scalable, intercontinental governance capabilities.
Many offer integrations with a variety of industry-specific software solutions, so users can access approved work tools remotely. Another handy tool is the identity directory included in most platforms. These help users contact one another within a secure environment and helps administrators approve, revoke and monitor usage.
Password managers, like LastPass, Keeper and 1Password, help users store password information, both personally and professionally. Many also have tools to generate complex and unique login credentials to ensure future security.
These tools often provide both local and cloud-storage for password records and secure sharing. Many require two-factor authentication to update passwords or to access accounts from unfamiliar devices.
Companies can use the tools to mandate password complexity and frequent user information updates. They often set up a database or past and current user credentials to ensure user security and administrator access.
Single sign-on/federation software tools create a central hub for users to access multiple business programs through one source. Users log into one portal and are instantly connected to integrated applications and databases.
These tools make it significantly easier for employees to access their applications without having to find, open and log in to each program. In addition to providing simplified access, administrators have control of each user’s approval.
Many of the larger, more dynamic cloud identity and access management provide these capabilities as well. So users looking for a localized solution will likely prefer SSO/federation tools, while companies needing remote access will require cloud-based federation platforms.
Much like cloud identity and access management software, user provisioning and governance software tools help IT administrators keep track of user access. They provide tools for adding users, revoking access and navigating user directories.
These tools provide end-to-end management of user account access. These tools help ease the onboarding process by simplifying processes involved in setting up user accounts for a variety of applications.
Many products also provide tools for things like user monitoring to record, document and observe user practices. Other features include tools for users to request assistance from IT administrators, compliance mandates and risk assessment.