How Convergent Identity-Based Security Platforms Reduce Complexity, Increase Efficiency

John White

March 16, 2022

Today, identity and privileged access management solutions are not static deployments. Real-world implementations are developed over time and are rooted in traditional enterprise identity and privileged access management. These various generations of deployment (led by new projects, versions, and software changes) make the solutions complex, challenging to maintain, and expensive. Worst of all? They sometimes do not meet all of today’s requirements or address the changing landscape of risks.

Identity and access management (IAM) and privileged access management (PAM) are not new approaches, but they need to evolve to address today’s dynamic enterprise environment. By converging identity and access management and privileged access management platforms, and weaving an identity fabric paradigm, you can move towards a more modern and capable identity-based security architecture, reducing complexity while increasing efficiency.

 

Modern Architectures and Deployment Scenarios, Risks

Identity and privileged access management must adapt to changing environments, including challenges that have emerged from an industry-wide move away from traditional on-premises deployments. This departure has brought about sweeping changes to the identity-based security playing field for legacy and segmented solutions, such as:

  • Hybrid IT architectures in a platform world
    • Cloud and infrastructure spread across physical hardware and software (AWS, Microsoft Azure, serverless, and container)
  • Growing, changing identities
    • Customers, edge computing, partners, devices, contractors, software and services, and more 
  • Everything as a Service
    • Digital transformation is changing enterprise IT and driving the “as a service” model, where everything in the IT world can be provided and consumed from the cloud

Traditional, DIY, and disconnected identity and privileged access management and identity-based security solutions remain unequipped with the functionalities required to meet this ever-changing environment head-on. Many organizations are stuck between an outdated identity and access management solution(s) and the requirements from business, government, and compliance that call for these new capabilities. So how do you evolve your systems to meet these new challenges?

 

Weave an Identity Fabric

A deployment architecture that allows organizations to create new use cases and identity groups very quickly such as a security fabric is a tool you can implement to converge identity and access and privileged access management structures and make them more functionally complete. This security fabric-powered approach separates architectures from technology by moving away from physical and static on-premises solutions. 

The value of a security fabric approach is that it’s hybrid and interconnected by design from day one.  In contrast to the traditional monolithic identity and access management system, your organization can view and grow services in a holistic identity paradigm.

You will not only meet all required current capabilities with this all-in-one security fabric, but it's also capable of being extended and augmented for future use cases and scenarios.  And, functionally, you will move from static identity-based security protocols and deployments to an Identity-as-a-Service dynamic ecosystem.

 

Future-Ready: Identity-as-a-Service

IDaaS is the newest engine empowering IT and security leaders to move infrastructures like identity and privileged access management to SaaS, bringing the many benefits of cloud economics, reach, and agility.  IDaaS’ convergence delivers all the capability, functions, and advantages of enterprise-grade identity-based security solutions – with the cloud’s cost, upgradeability, and operational efficiencies. IDaaS-driven solutions, such as the Hitachi ID Bravura Security Fabric, enable your business to:

  • Eliminate cost and complexity
    • IDaaS solutions can help your organization avoid capital equipment expenses, simplify ongoing IT operations, and free up IT leaders and staff to focus on core business and long-term strategic security and technology initiatives.
  • Accelerate time to value
    • IDaaS is a faster way to bring the value and protection of identity-based security to your organization than conventional physical deployments.
  • Enhance UX
    • IDaaS implementations improve user satisfaction and experience by reducing password fatigue and allowing consistent and simplified improvements like MFA and SSO.
  • Provide flexibility
    • IDaaS is ideal for hybrid IT models that are cloud and mobile-first environments with a mix of business and personal devices (BYOD) because cloud solutions are more dynamic and not as rigid as on-premises solutions. 
  • Reduce risks
    • IDaaS (and identity and access management) solutions can strengthen your organization’s security posture by eliminating unsafe password management practices and critical vulnerability and attack surface for exploitation.
  • Eliminate blindspots
    • Consolidating legacy disparate identity and privileged access solutions into one holistic security fabric ensures policies and processes are applied uniformly across your hybrid IT environment.

Identity-as-a-Service faces the challenges of the hybrid IT era and its future risks and opportunities with dynamic plug-and-play capacity.

 

Convergence For What’s Next

You can stop managing an array of identity and privileged access management solutions and providers and transform your identity-based security with one platform and framework of IDaaS-powered solutions in the Hitachi ID Bravura Security Fabric. The platform includes password management, password vault, password safeidentity and access management, and privileged access management capabilities that will evolve as you scale.

Dive deeper into how IDaaS creates a comprehensive and future-ready identity-based cybersecurity solution in our Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Case Study.

 

Read the Case Study