IAM Security – Data Access Balanced With Data Security
Those days when we used “123” as our password have passed and they are now long behind this current time now. The current industry seems quick in adopting the practices that demand longer passwords comprising of upper, lower and special characters as well as digits. However, analytics and IT professionals can identity any suspicious activities on their networks to identify any such malicious attempts with common user-patterns as per the password patterns as well as changes. It is also very easy for hackers to crack any passwords posing serious threat to cloud security nowadays. Mostly, users tend to reuse same-to-same passwords for their multiple accounts and different sites, which rotates several of such passwords, and/or adjust those very slightly when they are forced by the email account of sit to change those passwords; they might simply add a digit to change their existing password. Such passwords with low complexity can be very easily cracked in a day, passwords with medium complexity can be cracked within a week and passwords with high complexity take much longer time, a month or so. So, the best practices for IAM Security, thus, include the following in terms of passwords:
- Enforcing policy of password-expiration
- Educating users on issues like password strength, password sharing, ULSD, and common patterns to be avoided
- Using extra authentication means like 2-factor authentication through text to phone; and/or notification about any suspicious login
Identity and Access Management i.e. IAM Security Challenges
- A chief one is to gain control over identities. In an organization, it is difficult to discover where are all the identity repositories existing owing to shadow IT, IT commercialization and many SaaS apps constantly emerging into the fold. Firms now have to achieve complete visibility into all Cloud IAM parts. Once gained, they can very effectively manage those from one centralized view helping them to minimize any cloud security risks.
- EOne more major challenge is with assignment of risks to applications, systems and users, which calls for prioritizing people as well as data as per sensitivity and significant so as to focus more on protecting what really matters the most, first and foremost.
Setting up the Identity Management System for a Network
- Assess present IT architecture
- Access future needs
- List standard vs. in-house apps along with their version details having to be integrated with IAM
- Make sure that there is compatibility among present Operating system, 3rd party apps, web servers, as well as identity management tools
- Try to integrate the access control devices (like card readers as well as other access hardware with the IAM solution
- Lucidly designate user-roles and define each user/group access privileges as well as restrictions imposed
- Assess the needed required customization level for IAM to fit into the company
- Verify that your system is complying with any of the laws/regulatory need from local/federal government
CASB Vendors Providing IAM Security Solutions
Top IAM vendors provide both enterprise IAM systems along with their cloud-based versions as well. In addition to these, there also are numerous source IAM solutions available out there.
CloudCodes IAM Solution
We, at CloudCodes, take pride in being one of the leading vendors in this domain. The IAM security feature of our CASB solution is actually a type of personal verification, which is done by Password Management that is being used to put a check on data breaches that happen usually. CloudCodes Identity Management solution performs the following to curtail data leak incidences:
- Better user control through provisioning/deprovisioning users via a single console
- More than one password policy is implemented for defining password complexities.
- Use existing Microsoft AD as IdP to the system for AD integration
- Multi-factor authentication is enabled with the help of secret questions, OTP on SMS/email
- Biometric factor is implemented leveraging fingerprint-scan supported on mobiles
- Windows login support for users