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Fundamentals: Cloud ID Management

Oct 05, 2012

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Cloud ID Management

Identity management is tricky business, and that’s especially the case for cloud and SaaS applications. Users often create their own logon credentials to business-related cloud ­applications. This can lead to a variety of problems, including the use of easy-to-crack passwords and the difficulty of cutting off access when users leave the company.

So how do you build an identity management framework for all your cloud ­applications? There are four choices, all of which involve Active Directory (or another LDAP-compliant directory). AD should be at the heart of your cloud ID management strategy. Leveraging AD to manage access to cloud apps addresses a number of security, risk and compliance issues. It also reduces the administrative burden of adding and ­removing users, facilities the deployment of single sign-on and lets you do ­interesting things with role-based authentication.

The four approaches you can use for managing access to the cloud are either full or partial Active Directory synchronization, federation or identity-as-a-service. Here’s how they work, and the upsides and downsides of each option. (S5981012)


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