With the cyber threat landscape changing rapidly and instances of data breaches on the rise, enterprises are more prone than ever to phishing, ransomware, and other forms of cyber-attacks. No person, apparatus, or workplace can go unprotected. The zero-trust principle calls for the implementation of innovations in risk-based multi-factor authentication and the security of user identities in a converged access environment. It drives the need to broaden applications on a scale to accommodate them.
Some of the main features of an end-to-end system of identity and access management are outlined here:
- Adaptive multi-factor authentication (adaptive MFA) ensures that only the necessary users access critical networks, applications, and data, with the highest degree of convenience possible.
- Safe physical and logical access control that supports all aspects of the security measures of zero-trust, including who accesses what areas of your workspace.
- Identity security and credentialing ensure that users and applications are safely provided with high assurance factors and that their identity lifecycle is treated properly.
- The insights, analytics, and reporting feature incorporates complex data through AI-powered intelligence, allowing quick decision-making and timely compliance management.
Strong MFA: Relevance In A Changing Security Environment
Today’s ever-changing threat landscape requires a multi-layered security strategy that provides 360° protection for networks, devices, applications, and data. As users need different access thresholds, it is no longer possible to rely on single-factor authentication systems, and even two-factor (2FA) systems are increasingly vulnerable to security challenges.
Organizations step beyond single factor and 2FA by introducing a versatile and multi-layered protection strategy that underlies a robust multi-factor authentication system. This helps them to:
- Securing all networks, infrastructure, devices, and software: on-prem, hybrid, or cloud.
- Rapid set-up and simple scale-up as consumer requirements evolve.
- Deploying flexible authentication options for diverse use cases and identity assurance criteria.
- Keep ahead of the threat via intelligent, risk-based profiling.
- Ensure that all types of users are secured without friction.
- Implement customized solutions in order to satisfy the demands.
- Keep track of audit logs and introduce strict compliance levels.
- Simplify and automate identity lifecycle management.
The efficient handling of countless identities within a large organization is critical for security. Beyond protecting confidential data, physical identities also need access control. Staff and visitors inside the workplace need the right access to the right places and for the correct period of time. In addition, IoT proliferation means organizations need an effective way to manage new networked devices without manual intervention.
Secured identities are the cornerstone of a zero-trust policy. These days, organizations need enterprise-grade, large-scale solutions to simplify the identity lifecycle of users for data and workplace access, high-assurance credentials, and PKI-based IoT device security.
The ideal identity lifecycle management solutions enable organizations to:
- Increase protection and decrease threat areas
- Expand to combine high-security certificates with secure access to IT assets and physical premises
- Simplify the issuance and control of authenticators and digital certificates
- Implement effective policy-based control of access rights and changing access needs
- Quickly deploy with a scalable on-prem, hybrid, or cloud platform
- Reducing regulatory risk and ensuring compliance with the auditable trail
The foundation of security for modern organizations is a comprehensive, end-to-end identity and access management framework. Organizations will do well in this context to invest in the latest data management and analytics solutions that allow them to utilize state-of-the-art data security technology and also conform to data privacy guidelines.