As more and more businesses are shifting their data and applications to the cloud, it is important for them to invest in identity and access management especially if they are migrating their critical business information or financial data to the cloud. If you are one of those who is still reluctant to move your sensitive data to the cloud and is adopting a hybrid approach by storing some data in cloud and other on premises then, you might have to deal with multiple identity and access management system.
The identity and access management system must work smoothly with legacy systems and cloud-based applications. The cost of This increase, make things more complicated and put more pressure on your IT team. Your IT team will have to take care of employee onboarding and offboarding, password reset and changes to roles and privileges which might not be easy. On the other hand, users will have to remember different login credentials for accessing data in the cloud and on premises.
In this article, you will learn about six ways you can use to strengthen your identity and access management system.
- Take All Stakeholders Onboard
Whether you want to implement a new identity and access management system in your organization or want to improve the security of that system, you should get the buy in from all stakeholders. From IT executives to business managers, everyone should be on the same page otherwise, your efforts might fail.
This will help you set the right expectations from the word go and briefing stakeholders is critical for success of your project. If there is delay, you should share that with all the stakeholders so you can gain their support in tough situations. Focus on highlighting the benefits of an efficient identity and access management system such as productivity enhancements, enhancing user experience, easy access and simple auditing and reporting. This will make it easier for you to convince managers and executives.
- Keep an Eye on Security Vulnerability
Business does not upgrade their IT infrastructure as quickly as the technology changes. As a result, they will be left with legacy systems, running older applications on older operating systems. These legacy systems, outdated applications and operating has vulnerabilities, which can easily be exploited by hackers.
To identify loopholes, you can use static scanning of source code and dynamic scanning of your applications to identify and fix all the security vulnerabilities. Ensure that you scan all the applications before migrating to a cloud so that the malicious application does not impact cloud-based identity and access management.
- Take One Step at a Time
Instead of trying to drastically improve the identity and access management system immediately, you should try to enhance the identity and access management system one step at a time. Break down the process in different stages. This make it easy for you to implement the identity and access management system.
Start off with systems that are easiest to migrate and slowly move the most complex system. This way, you continue to gain experience and expertise along the way. It will make it easier for you to implement the more complex system as well. Focus on one stage at a time and move on to the next stage when the first one is over. This will streamline the process and make it flow more smoothly.
- Threat Modeling for New Architecture
Once you have decided upon the identity and access management system, it is time to start the threat modeling. Threat modelling is a process in which your IT security team will put your proposed identity and access management system to test and try to identify some shortcomings at the design stage. This prevent these shortcomings to make their way to later stages in the process. As a result, you can save time and reduce the cost of IAM implementation.
Here are some of the best practices you should follow when performing threat modelling.
- Analyze data storage method
- Examine architecture diagrams
- Choose an authorization and authentication strategy
For instance, where the data is stored, is it stored on premises on best dedicated servers or on cloud. Based on that, you can choose the architecture and choose an authentication and authorization method. Look closely at the architectural diagrams and it will tell you how everything will work.
- Take Advantage of Service Provider’s Expertise
The biggest advantage of choosing an experienced cloud provider is that they have been through this process on a number of occasions, so they know the ins and outs of the identity and access management moderation process. What’s more, they might have done it for wide range of clients belonging to different industries.
That experience is invaluable as they enable them to anticipate problems and hurdles you might face during the process and give you a solution to overcome these challenges. You can use their experience, expertise and skillset to your advantage. From planning to execution, they can assist you with everything.
- Use IAM For Digital Transformation
One of the biggest advantages of transferring your identity and access management workload to the cloud is that it can turbo charge your digital transformation process. This means that you can use your identity and access management system as a tool for digitally transforming your business. Cloud based identity and access management system saves a lot of your time by automating many steps involved in identity and access management. What’s more, it free up your IT team so they can focus on more value driven activities.
Identity and access management systems serve as a gatekeeper. It only allows authorized users and block unwanted guests who are not authorized to access the system. Integrated advanced and more secure authentication and authorization methods such as fingerprint, face unlock or iris scanner instead of relying on passwords. Always test the strength of your IAM systems and find vulnerabilities.
How do you modernize your identity and access management system? Let us know in the comments section below.