With the advent of cloud technologies and the expanded corporate perimeter, your data lives both in your Data Center on-site, and within your extended perimeter with your favorite hosting providers.
These providers offer native Access Management solutions to file shares, data, apps, services, and more, but integrating and extending your corporate identities to those resources seamlessly and securely can be a struggle.
The goal of the modern IAM program should be to extend existing identities and established Roles and Controls into cloud environments with ease.
System for Cross-Domain Identity Management (SCIM)
Back in the day, keeping information synchronized across disparate systems was often a process carried out using custom-APIs, which were not extensible to a wide variety of environments.
The SCIM standard established an open standard for integrating identities with Cloud services, largely eliminating the need for complex process and inflexible custom-built programs to extend user identities into the cloud. This is now a standard tenet to Modern IAM, and should be a focal point of every discussion when it comes to security and best practices working in a cloud environment.
Identity Lifecycle, Access Control, and Governance
Just as with On-Premise environments, the basic tenets of Identity Management MUST extend to your cloud environments. Standardizing your Identity Lifecycle to include cloud application access and auditing is key to a successful IAM program.
A Process-oriented IAM Program and IGA design account for cloud applications from their inception. The processes for provisioning, deprovisioning, and onboarding/terminations must be as seamless and instantaneous as they are On-Premise. When it isn’t, Organizations get blind-sided by critical information and data leaks/ breaches.