IAM In A Cloud Environment

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These days Cloud services have become a significant player in the daily functions of organizations. It’s having a substantial impact on the management of IAM governance, and not all of them are good. IT professionals are facing more problems with identities associated with The Cloud service environments. The more services that we interact with through the cloud, the more users we create within these environments. IAM in a Cloud environment can make it very difficult to track, monitor and control user accounts.

Recently it was found that 80% of companies had at least one former employee whose SaaS account was still active. 11% of assigned SaaS accounts on a company’s applications were inactive users, and 19% of users were going around the IAM controls. These are not the kind of numbers we like to see. These only prove that there is a lack of control over the account lifecycle that many SaaS scenarios at present.

But this isn’t the major problem when it comes to IAM in a cloud environment. The creation of roles and managing the privileges within all sorts of cloud environments can be very challenging. To approach these kinds of problems you need to come up with a plan for developing a governance strategy for the users’ identities. It can be challenging to get this kind of policy started in organizations since it will be a substantial investment and it won’t have any profits coming off it directly. However, it will be one of the most important investments a company can make towards data protection.

Internal Standards

One of the best ways to combat the issues that can arise is to develop a standard for account creation practices that control how your teams create and integrate their identities into the cloud deployments. These practices should include, but not limited to, account rationale, authentication and authorization methods and controls, and the lifecycle parameters. By having a standard to the creation in your system, it helps to control the number of points of access that could be exploited by attacks.

Regularly Pull Lists

Many cloud-native or third-party tools exist that an organization can use to pull lists of users, groups, roles and privilege assignments from the cloud environment regularly. You can then sort and analyze the information to locate and log all activities in your system. This analysis not only can help you to keep your cloud environment protected from attacks but can monitor the operation of your employees to ensure productivity.

Careful Monitoring

Above all else, you need to monitor and log events that take place in your cloud environment. Keep an eye out for unusual or unauthorized activity on your cloud provider environment. It can save you from being the next data breach headline.

Not sure where to get started or how to integrate your current IAM into a cloud environment? Contact EST Group today, and we will give your organization a consultation on your system. Are you having trouble keeping your IAM going? We’ve saved many IAM systems and saved their companies the time and money trying to implement another system.

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