Identity Up in the Clouds

The future of the enterprise is in the cloud. In fact, we know that about half of all enterprises will be cloud-first by 2021 – a mere four years away. In order to be ready not just within your organization but in the network of businesses you interact with daily, there are ways to get ahead of this curve and keep your business running full speed ahead.

Cloud-first isn’t simply out with the old and in with the new. Businesses are facing more complex, hybrid IT environments that encompass both on-premises and cloud data and applications. Some mission-critical applications for organizations may need to stay on-premises, perhaps for years, as they are too entangled in important business processes. But as “cloud-first” organizations grow in volume and more organizations decide to go this route, traditional methods of keeping access to sensitive information fall short.

So what’s a company to do? Doing business from the cloud is inevitable. Giving employees the freedom to work whenever from whatever device is the way of the world now (and arguably makes business better). More and more businesses depend on the simple fact that the office is not the only place work happens now. The answer lies in identity.

Beyond Single-Sign On

Single-sign on, or SSO, is just a surface level solution to help employees manage all of their accounts in one place. But SSO isn’t a security solution. You need a foundation of security underneath that top layer of convenience. Our customers across many industries know this, from Orrstown Bank to Weight Watchers. Cue identity governance.  Your identity governance solution needs to do three things for you.

The first of those is the ability to see everything. No matter where the user is located or what device they are using to access the data, visibility into each user’s access to the apps and data they use is the first line of defense in protecting corporate data.

Who has access to what?

The second requirement is the need to govern everything. By that we mean that you should be able to understand who has access, if they should have access and what they are doing with that access. This is especially critical because we know that 7 in 10 users have access to data they shouldn’t.

Employees have more access points than ever, from smartphones to the remote work environment, allowing much more flexibility and agility in the workforce. For the first time, enterprises are trying to manage scenarios where employees can use their personal devices to access corporate accounts in the cloud – and IT organizations need visibility into and control over that.

Empower your users

And finally, identity governance should empower the user. This is where the business enablement part comes in that we focus so heavily on. Identity is meant to solve problems, not create them. Identity allows users to access data whenever, wherever securely and without boundaries.

With the power of identity, enterprises today can adopt new technologies and make decisions that are not just good for security, but good for business. And with identity, they can move forward confidently and importantly, securely.  Just like cloud supplies a multitude of benefits, so should the tool you use to secure it.

Get the full guide to cloud-based identity governance in our eBook, ‘Identity Up in the Clouds.’