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Features of identity and Access Management (IAM)!

IAM (identity and access management) is a set of organizational rules, procedures, and technology that make handling electronic or digital identities easier. Using an IAM architecture, IT managers may control user access to critical information within their organizations. IAM solutions include single sign-on, two-factor authentication, multifactor authentication, and privileged access management, to name a few. These technologies also enable the secure storing of identity and profile data and data governance features that ensure that only necessary and relevant information is shared.

Some of the important characteristics of identity access management are:

Prepared for New Security Trends

Cybersecurity and IAM trends are constantly changing. Current patterns might be considered as indicators of greater changes to come, from the gradual extinction of passwords to the rising use of zero-trust security. Enterprises will require adaptive, responsive IAM solutions as new devices join the market and users begin to access systems in new and varied ways. As a result, while selecting identity management software, flexibility is crucial. Not only must solutions be able to meet today’s business needs, but they must also be able to meet future enterprise access requirements. This includes IAM protection for changing user access patterns and technology, as well as the sensitivity to recognize and guard against new risks.

Eliminating weak passwords

Over 80% of data breaches are caused by stolen, default, or weak passwords, according to studies. IAM solutions enforce best practices in credential management, effectively eliminating the danger of users using default or weak passwords. They also make sure that users change their passwords on a regular basis. Insider threats—insiders are causing an increasing number of breaches. IAM can help to prevent the damage caused by malevolent insiders by ensuring that people only have access to the systems they need and that privileges cannot be escalated without oversight.

Integration and compatibility

Any new software that is introduced into an enterprise system has the potential to cause platform conflicts. To ensure compatibility and avoid potential difficulties caused by ineffective access management, IAM systems must be verified. If a disagreement arises, a new approach may be required. Alternatively, current systems may need to be upgraded to embrace newer IAM technology and close security flaws common in legacy systems. Another crucial factor to consider is relevance. More than just supporting a specific sort of login method or sending security alerts to the IT department is required for identity and access management solutions.

Access Control that is Mobile-Friendly

The quantity of user-owned devices accessing corporate networks is still a challenge for companies. These devices pose serious security risks, especially in the hands of employees who are unfamiliar with security best practices. While staff education is still critical to any cybersecurity plan, identity management solutions can help to limit vulnerabilities by enabling detailed behavioral and contextual access control. The ability to utilize a mobile device “anywhere, anytime” involves the implementation of secure access parameters.

Analytical Reporting

Many enterprise systems, including identity management, rely on analytics. Identity analytics show how people access and interact with networks, which is useful for defining roles and fine-tuning access regulations. Any weaknesses or possible dangers that are discovered can be addressed right away. Analytics demonstrates direct relationships between user identities and security events when it comes to breach activities. This information can be used by businesses to improve security frameworks and address issues such as employee ignorance and malicious insider threats. Because preventing a breach is less expensive than repairing the damage after one, using analytics in this way can be a substantial cost-cutting tool.

The realm of identity and access management has dramatically increased as remote work has become the standard and mobile device usage has reached its peak. Unsecured networks, combined with high user expectations, resulting in an influx of new device connections, a frenzy of demands for remote access to sensitive data, and the looming possibility of phishing and other web-based assaults as users visit rogue sites. Since AI has the potential to discover patterns and develop knowledge exponentially at the same rate as risk it will be critical in the future of IAM.

ForgeRock Autonomous Access Against Attacks

ForgeRock Autonomous Access prevents identity-based cyber-attacks and fraud by monitoring login requests in real-time to block malicious attempts, adding authentication steps for anomalous behaviors, and streamlining access for known users.

Peter Barker, Chief Product Officer, ForgeRock commented, “We continue to invest in AI to make the authentication process safer and smoother for users. What makes our approach distinct is the unique combination of AI, machine learning, and advanced pattern recognition. This triple-threat gives enterprises the ability to strengthen their identity perimeter, thwart bad actors, and even catch threats we didn’t know to look for, all with the click of a button.”

Reducing risk for ForgeRock customers, 82 percent of organizations believe they have experienced at least one data breach because of their transformation. ForgeRock believes that AI-powered solutions can protect businesses and their customers from costly security breaches. In 2019, the company first integrated AI into its platform to automate identity provisioning, ensuring that users had the appropriate level of access within an organization.

ForgeRock Autonomous Access eliminates the need for costly deployment and integration of disparate point solutions. Furthermore, it enables IT, administrators, to create an unlimited number of personalized user access journeys using a simple drag-and-drop, no-code interface. 

For IT administrators, it is both powerful and cost-effective. It enables IT administrators to create tailored experiences for each login attempt based on the level of risk. A known user with a low-risk score, for example, can proceed with options such as passwordless authentication, whereas a known user exhibiting anomalous behavior, such as an unusual location or device, may be subjected to additional authentication steps. High-risk login attempts can be blocked or routed to different journeys for further analysis and remediation.

Martin Kuppinger, Founder and Principal Analyst of KuppingerCole stated, “ForgeRock’s continued investment in AI across its platform helps customers with what they need — the ability to make intelligent decisions quickly and with confidence. Anti-fraud capabilities are important and need to complement existing services that customers use. Autonomous Access is a complementary solution that comes fully integrated with ForgeRock’s user journey orchestration.”

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The Microsoft Azure Marketplace now has Orca Security

Orca Security has launched the Orca Cloud Security Platform now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store that sells apps and services for Azure. Customers of Orca Security may now get the comprehensive cloud security they need while leveraging the productive and trusted Azure cloud platform, all while reducing setup and administrative time.

The Orca Cloud Security Platform combines numerous technologies into a single solution for detecting and prioritizing cloud security issues in all Azure workloads, as well as providing comprehensive visibility into an organization’s entire cloud estate without the use of agents or fragmented tools. The one platform offers workload and data protection, cloud security posture management, cloud infrastructure entitlements management (CIEM), vulnerability management, and compliance management capabilities, and is powered by Orca SideScanningTM technology. Orca Security can detect attack chains including dangerous combinations by merging all of these features into a single platform and data architecture. An infected workload that can adopt a high-privileged instance role, providing access to a database with PII, for example, is a high-priority target for a timely recovery.

Orca Security has also extended the CIEM solutions as a critical component for modern cloud security platforms. Orca Security now monitors all identities, roles, groups, permissions, and rules implemented in a public cloud environment and informs people of any violations of best practices in identity management.

PwC Acquired Avaleris Cybsecurity Consulting Company

PwC Canada has acquired Avaleris Inc., Canada-based boutique cybsecurity consulting company.  Avaleris, a security, identity, and access management company, was founded in 2006 and specializes in the Microsoft cloud. The company’s services include identity and cybersecurity strategy, IT security policies and procedures, solution design and deployment, security training, and managed services.

With the acquisition of Avaleris by PwC, the firm’s cybersecurity division, which employs about 300 people nationwide, will be strengthened. Rapid digitalization and cloud migrations have expanded cyberthreat surfaces, driving up demand for cybersecurity services.

“PwC is thrilled to welcome the Avaleris team to PwC. Their work has proven to build a strong reputation with clients, as well as a longstanding strategic partnership with Microsoft,” said Saj Nair, partner & national technology & cloud leader, PwC Canada.

This year, the worldwide PwC network announced its “New Equation” strategy, aiming to invest $12 billion over the next five years and to add 100,000 people to its current 284,000 employees to the “New Equation” workforce. ESG and digital capabilities – such as cloud, AI, virtual reality, and other new technologies – are key areas of focus for the organization.

“Our team of talented and innovative cybersecurity professionals are thrilled to join the PwC team and take on new challenges and opportunities for growth. Given the strong alignment of our culture and values, PwC clients will continue to benefit from the innovations and unparalleled capabilities they have come to expect,” said Ron MacDonell, president and CEO, Avaleris Inc.