Using cloud-based IAM services implement processes, systems, and policies that manage user identities and access. This paradigm reduces or eliminates the need for expensive on-premises infrastructure, enhances security, and improves productivity. Below we’ve compiled some key benefits cloud IAM offers companies:
Securing Cloud Migration
Cloud migration, which includes identity infrastructure, is a high priority for many companies. Cloud IAM increases deployment speed because it's hosted in the cloud rather than on-premises. The vendor manages the service in the cloud, so upgrades are more manageable.
Reducing IT Costs
More people work from home and use personal devices for work, shopping, social media, and other activities, which requires IT teams to manage more apps, resources, and devices. On-premises IAM may not be adequate, and the costs associated with employing and maintaining in-house identity experts continue to rise, as do equipment purchases and maintenance. Cloud IAM doesn’t require IT infrastructure and support.
Providing Adaptability and Scalability
A cloud-based IAM solution can be deployed as software-as-a-service (SaaS), a managed service in the vendor's private cloud, or software in the organization's private or public cloud. Adding new users to cloud IAM solutions is easy, whether adding hundreds of employees to a new location or launching a promotion to attract thousands of new customers.
Bolstering Authentication Security
Cloud IAM enhances security with capabilities like two-factor authentication (2FA) and multi-factor authentication (MFA), which reduce the need for passwords and the potential data breaches that can result from compromised credentials. MFA and 2FA use multiple authentication factors to verify a user's identity. Access can be streamlined even further through passwordless authentication, reducing or eliminating passwords.