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Reasons Identity and Access Management (IAM) Is Important

Identity and access management (IAM) is a framework of business processes, policies and technologies that makes it easier for organizations to manage electronic or digital identities. IAM frameworks enable IT managers to control user access to critical information within their companies. IAM tools offer role-based access control to allow system administrators to regulate access to systems or networks based on the roles of individual users within the organization. Creating effective IAM policies, such as a privacy policy, protects data privacy by limiting user access to resources and protects against unauthorized access.

IAM technologies include password-management tools, single sign-on systems (SSO), two-factor authentication, multifactor authentication (MFA), privileged access management (PAM) and privileged identity management (PIM). These tools let organizations securely store identity and profile data, as well as data governance functions, to ensure that only necessary and relevant data is shared. IAM ensures greater control of user access. By identifying, authenticating and authorizing users, as well as prohibiting unauthorized users, IAM security boosts the efficiency and effectiveness of access management across an organization.

FlipServe reasons why identity and access management

  • Enhances Data Security
    Controlling user access allows organizations to eliminate instances of identity theft, data breaches and illegal access to sensitive corporate information. IAM can prevent the dissemination of compromised login credentials, prevent unauthorized access to a company's network as well as protect against hacking, ransomware, phishing and other types of cyberattacks.
  • Streamlines IT Workload

    When a security policy gets updated, all access privileges across an enterprise can be changed at one time. IAM can also help cut down on the number of tickets employees send to the IT helpdesk for password resets.

  • Helps in Regulatory ComplianceIAM can help organizations meet the requirements of industry regulations to ensure the security and privacy of customer data, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS)
  • Reduces Human Error
    With an identity and access management tool in place, companies can eliminate manual account and permission errors because the IT department no longer has to manually manage access rights to data. In addition, IT no longer has to deal with careless employees who may make mistakes that can result in costly fines.
  • More Effective Access to Resources
    Users who receive access through a centralized platform benefit from using SSO technology as it limits the number of interactions they have with security systems and increases the probability that they will succeed in their legitimate attempts to access resources.
  • Confidentiality of Data
    By restricting access for those who don't need to use certain apps or files, organizations can better secure sensitive data as well as enable project managers to have a clearer picture of which users are associated with which projects.
  • Helps Manage Access Across Browsers and Devices
    One benefit of cloud applications is that users can access them from any device that's connected to the internet. However, the downside is that more applications means more URLs and passwords. In addition, the increase in mobile devices means that IT administrators must manage and support another access point. Cloud-based IAM tools can provide browser-based SSO to all user application as well as enable access to those same services from users' mobile devices.

We Centralize identity management

Best practice: Establish a single AD instance. Consistency and a single authoritative sources will increase clarity and reduce security risks from human errors and configuration complexity.

Detail: Designate a single AD directory as the authoritative source for corporate and organizational accounts.

Best practice: We Integrate your on-premises directories with AD.

Detail: We use AD Connect to synchronize your on-premises directory with your cloud directory.

Best practice: We Don’t synchronize accounts to AD that have high privileges in your existing Active Directory instance.

Detail: Don’t change the default AD Connect configuration that filters out these accounts. This configuration mitigates the risk of adversaries pivoting from cloud to on-premises assets (which could create a major incident).

Best practice: We Turn on password hash synchronization.

Detail: Password hash synchronization is a feature used to synch user password hashes from an on-premises Active Directory instance to a cloud-based Azure AD instance. This sync helps to protect against leaked credentials being replayed from previous attacks. Even if customer decide to use federation with Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) or other identity providers, it can optionally set up password hash synchronization as a backup in case your on-premises servers fail or become temporarily unavailable.

Best practice: For new application development, use AD for authentication.

Detail: We use the correct capabilities to support authentication:
Organizations that don’t integrate their on-premises identity with their cloud identity can have more overhead in managing accounts. This overhead increases the likelihood of mistakes and security breaches.

Turning on Conditional Access

Users can access with organization's resources by using a variety of devices and apps from anywhere. As FlipServe, we want to make sure that these devices meet your standards for security and compliance. Just focusing on who can access a resource is not sufficient anymore. To balance security and productivity, we think about how a resource is accessed before you can make a decision about access control. With AD Conditional Access, we make customer address this requirement. With Conditional Access, we can make automated access control decisions based on conditions for accessing your cloud apps.

Routine security improvements

Security is always evolving, and it is important to build into cloud and identity management framework a way to regularly show growth and discover new ways to secure your environment.

Identity Secure Score is a set of recommended security controls that vendor publishes that works to provide you a numerical score to objectively measure your security posture and help plan future security improvements. You can also view your score in comparison to those in other industries as well as your own trends over time.

Best practice: We Plan routine security reviews and improvements based on best practices in your industry.

Detail: We use the Identity Secure Score feature to rank your improvements over time.

  • Enabling password management
    If you have multiple tenants or you want to enable users to reset their own passwords, it’s important that you use appropriate security policies to prevent abuse.
    Best practice: Set up self-service password reset (SSPR) for your users.
    Detail: Use the AD self-service password reset feature.
  • Enforce multi-factor verification for users
  • Role-based access control
  • Control locations where resources are created
  • Actively monitor for suspicious activities
  • Use AD for storage authentication

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