In recent times, there has been observed that several organisations are contemplating the possibility of migrating their legacy identity and access management (IAM) systems to the cloud, and adopting identity as a service (IDaaS) models among other cloud-based services. However, there are some misguided perceptions with regards to IDaaS. In this article, we will clear up the major misconceptions most of the uninformed public may have about IDaaS systems.
1. Single sign-on (SSO) portal and password reset system
The first misconception is that IDaaS is simply a cloud based, less secured version of IAM systems that comes with less features. Although IDaaS systems may include SSO capabilities, a private, fully fledged, cloud-based IAM system has functionalities that go beyond what a simple authentication system that is hosted and maintained by an external vendor has.
Today, most IDaaS services offer so much more than just SSO, providing full identity lifecycle management functionality, such as automated account provisioning and deprovisioning processes, user authentication, data classification, and authorisation supporting federation standards such as SAML, identity access log monitoring and reporting.
2. IDaaS requires minimal implementation, configuration or customisation support
Another huge misconception is that IDaaS is hardly any different from SaaS, so it therefore needs little to no effort in being deployed and installed. Many people picture IDaaS as a turnkey solution, when the truth is that it is beyond more than just a cloud-based SSO portal.
Modern IAM systems constantly require fine-tuning at a continuous and substantial rate, as cyber security and access management are not tasks but processes. IT security frameworks will have to evolve and adapt to the changes happening everyday across the world, for companies to remain secured in this ever-shifting digital era.
Misconceptions about how IDaaS technologies make cloud-based IAM systems sound much more limited in their scope and capabilities than they actually are. The critical capabilities and benefits of IDaaS cannot be reduced simply to an authentication software platform. An IAM product with fully-developed features serves as a robust platform that institutionalises the unique governing and business policies of any organisation utilising it. As IDaaS aims to offer full-featured IAM in the cloud, organisations can use implementation services to customise and configure their IAM systems as needed. Many enterprises can now migrate their IAM solutions seamlessly to the cloud. Apart from reaping the rewards of cost-effectiveness, scalability and flexibility, businesses can future-proof their workflows for process and compliance changes that will inevitably arrive down the road. The best IDaaS systems offer solutions for both cloud and on-premise infrastructures, allowing users to have the best of both worlds, without inconveniencing or disrupting work productivity levels. Furthermore, companies can stand to benefit from the affordable nature of cloud IAM as they cut down on many costs once they migrate to IDaaS. Organisations are also assured more reliable access to systems with cloud hosting.
With these misconceptions about identity as a service being clarified, you can now make a case for your organisation to update legacy systems to the cloud. Many businesses are now turning to cloud IAM adoption in order to remain competitive.