Identity Providers: The Need For Identity Orchestration

    For Peoplesoft Single Sign-On (SSO) and federation that enable employee and customer access to tools ranging from personalized applications to cloud-based services, traditional identity providers (IdPs) are important. They are great at doing these things by themselves, but there are trade-offs that need to be taken into account. Let’s have an overview of the top 3.

    More Convenience Comes With Higher Risk

    IdPs, by offering a single identity that can be spread across multiple systems, generate a specific set of security issues that are magnified should an attacker compromise the user. They now have access to all federated services tied to the credentials of the victim instead of only a single device.

    As add-ons that complement their goods, most conventional IdP vendors typically offer simple multi-factor authentication (MFA). Many companies now know that these simple solutions, such as text-based one-time passcodes (OTPs) and mobile push, are not as secure or easy as they hoped. If system registration and authenticator failure policies are not properly designed, even the latest in biometric technology may be susceptible.

    Improved Convenience Leads To Reduced Agility

    Most of the core technologies of traditional and even modern cloud-based IdPs have not been designed to be scalable and adaptable to respond rapidly to new market requirements and threat landscape changes. Integration capabilities are restricted to the range of third-party resources provided by the members of the alliance. In its identity stack, almost every company runs into a vendor that is not supported and needs time-consuming and expensive workarounds. Besides, custom applications will require multiple SDKs to be deployed and maintained within their code. At first, this may not seem terribly complicated, but with any application, it adds up and makes potential improvements challenging, resource-intensive, and vulnerable to errors that can lead to security holes.

    Restricted Threat Identification and Mitigation 

    Most IdP systems only provide simple threat detection tools such as location services and application features that offer snapshots of what the user is doing at the moment of authentication or what version of software a device is running. None is designed to provide real identification of behavioral threats based on previous patterns of usage that can identify anomalies and then respond to avoid them before harming the company or the customer.

    Seamless integration into any identity-related service, like IdP solutions such as Ping Federate, Okta, Azure Active Directory, AWS, and Google, can be supported by an identity orchestration platform. These systems are integrated into a single system with other authentication methods, fraud detection services, and access controls, handling them as one under a single glass pane. Without touching the application code, improvements to authentication systems, other identity services, and complicated policies can be made easily and deployed throughout the enterprise.


    In order to identify anomalies in real-time, the latest data security and analytics platforms use stored user and device profile histories to compare user behaviors. They then initiate automated responses to protect against threats. They deliver granular visibility and control over user behavior and arm enterprises with actionable insights. Combined with integration, this gives businesses the resilience they need when defending against threats that search for vulnerabilities that SSO and federation amplify.

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