LAS VEGAS, December 10, 2015 – SailPoint, the largest dedicated identity and access management (IAM) vendor, polled attendees during this week’s Gartner IAM Summit about their adoption of cloud applications, including IAM-as-a-service (IDaaS). The survey confirmed that cloud adoption continues to grow – in fact, 91% of those surveyed said they have mission-critical applications currently residing in the cloud, with 99% having plans to increase their cloud app usage in the next few years. However, 60% of respondents confirmed they will continue to maintain at least half their core applications on-premises, indicating the criticality of an IAM solution that manages a hybrid IT environment.
Failing to fully control access to sensitive applications and data can leave an organization at risk for fraud, misuse of data and privacy breaches, not to mention negative audit findings. At the end of the day, organizations need to manage and govern who has access to these mission-critical applications, regardless of where they reside. The right IAM solution helps organizations manage the reality of a “hybrid” IT environment through enterprise-wide visibility and control, and allows them to extend their existing IAM business processes, such as granting access to new users and removing access for terminated users to all applications – whether those applications are on-premises or in the cloud.
“Organizations of all sizes are rapidly adopting cloud applications as part of their business strategy,” said Kevin Cunningham, president and founder of SailPoint. “There are many benefits to this strategy, but organizations need to maintain a single view into ‘who has access to what’ in order to manage risk. Rather than looking at niche IAM tools to manage SaaS applications in a separate silo, enterprises need to ensure their IAM strategy takes a holistic approach that manages the entire IT infrastructure. Today’s IAM solutions, whether deployed on-premises or as-a-service, can help enterprises ensure they have the right controls in place in order to protect assets and manage corporate risk.”
As enterprises of all sizes look to the cloud, organizations are increasingly open to deploying critical IT operational tools via the cloud. According to the SailPoint survey, a majority of respondents are open to deploying their IAM solution from the cloud, if it makes sense. However, they understand the importance of an end-to-end IAM solution that manages “who has access to what” across both on-premises and cloud environments. SailPoint is seeing this in both the volume of IdentityNow customers added in 2015, as well as the size of the IDaaS deployments.
“As part of our evolution to a cloud-first approach across our security and IT operations infrastructure, we knew we needed a cloud-based IAM solution that offered an easy user interface in order to achieve wide-reaching user adoption with minimal rollout and training – all with a high-level of sophistication and governance to meet our compliance and security needs,” said Paul de Graaff, Head of Security & Compliance for Weight Watchers. “When we began the RFP process, I was happy to learn that the leading identity and access governance vendor offered an IDaaS solution that would meet our needs for just that. We’ve found IdentityNow provides the breadth and depth of coverage to manage ‘who has access to what’ across our entire IT infrastructure, as well as the ability to scale as our business grows.”
SailPoint’s IDaaS Solution for the Hybrid IT Environment
SailPoint has built on its heritage of bringing governance to identity and access management in its IDaaS offering, IdentityNow. The company recently enhanced IdentityNow to allow customers better visibility into the hybrid environment should they choose to deploy IAM from the cloud. IdentityNow’s new role-based security model allows organizations to simplify how they provision and deprovision access to application entitlements across on-premises or cloud applications for all users.
With the introduction of SailPoint’s “Identity Cubes” technology, IdentityNow provides a holistic view of each user and their access to all applications, across all environments. Each cube contains information about a user’s accounts, entitlements, activity and associated business context to help organizations better prevent and react to insider threats. With this 360-degree view, IdentityNow customers are better armed against security breaches resulting from over-privileged access.
To learn more about IdentityNow, please visit: https://www.sailpoint.com/idaas-identity-as-a-service-identitynow/.
As the fastest-growing, independent identity and access management (IAM) provider, SailPoint helps hundreds of global organizations securely and effectively deliver and manage user access from any device to data and applications residing in the datacenter, on mobile devices, and in the cloud. The company’s innovative product portfolio offers customers an integrated set of core services including identity governance, provisioning, and access management delivered on-premises or from the cloud (IAM-as-a-service).