For many enterprises, the solution is a centralized single sign-on (SSO) infrastructure that leverages the enterprise directory with federation, multifactor authentication and centralized access control to give users one URL and login to access all their enterprise applications and services--without having to type in another URL or enter credentials a second time. At the same time, it provides IT with a single identity, access control and management infrastructure, closing the inevitable security and management gaps inherent in juggling multiple gateway solutions. Such a solution would offer the best of all worlds, combining enhanced user productivity with IT efficiency, cost effectiveness, security and compliance.
With the exploding adoption of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, enterprise IT is fundamentally changing. While on-demand services provide tremendous ROI, they also introduce new challenges that must be overcome to truly capitalize on their potential. Identity management problems such as controlling who is granted access to which applications and data and how to control access to these applications leveraging on premise directories such as Active Directory, have become increasingly important. Single Sign-On and user management solutions that are optimized for the cloud are necessary to help address these challenges. This whitepaper presents the eight biggest identity and access management (IAM) challenges associated with adopting and deploying cloud and SaaS applications, and discusses best practices for addressing each of them.
This white paper discusses how delegating Microsoft Active Directory administration using a directory management solution such as NetIQ® Directory and Resource Administrator™ can help you to achieve a more secure, efficient and compliant organization.