KuppingerCole Report
By Paul Fisher

The Future of IAM Lies in the Cloud and as a Service

IAM software and tools have traditionally been installed and run on-premises by the organization itself. In recent years, the growth in identities operating across cloud and digital services has seen vendors offering IAM solutions as a service to assist with this growing complexity and concomitant security challenge. This IDaaS market, with its ease of adoption and cloud-native integrations, is slowly overtaking the on-premises IAM market. But even while the flexibility, security and scalability of IDaaS makes sense for many businesses, a third option is becoming popular. This is IDaaS designed by a third-party integrator using best of breed identity components to build an IAM solution that is bespoke to operational and budgetary requirements and can also be operated by the integrator if the customer chooses.
By Paul Fisher

Commissioned by iC Consult

1 Introduction

At its most fundamental, Identity and Access Management (IAM) software provides secure access to services, applications and data centres located acros ...

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2 Highlights

  • Why for IAM to operate at maximum efficiency it should be designed as part of an Identity Fabric model based on KuppingerCole's principle.

  • A ...

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3 Identity and Access Management in a digital landscape

It is clear to KuppingerCole that Identity is central to the efficient and secure operation of digitally transformed businesses. After all, in the exp ...

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3.1 The Identity Fabric and IAM

KuppingerCole has identified that for complex, modern enterprises to operate closer to optimal efficiency, and for employees to achieve greater produc ...

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3.2 The complications and the challenges for IAM in digital environments

While the Identity Fabric remains the model for IAM, many organizations will find themselves already challenged by the demands of access management as ...

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3.2.1 Numerous authentication protocols add to IAM challenges

Authentication is a core component of Identity and Access Management (IAM) and enabled by several different protocols on which the authentication and ...

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3.2.2 Changing traditional attitudes to managing identities in business environments

As identities multiply, organizations need to rethink their approach to IAM. With the increase in demand for secure access and authentication right ac ...

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4 The Advantages of IDaaS for business

IAM is shifting from an IT security-based exercise and a supporting function for the business to one that sits at its core and dynamically facilitates ...

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5 IDaaS delivery services from iC Consult

iC Consult is a specialist IAM integrator that for nearly 25 years has provided IAM solutions to organizations looking to shift Identity Management to ...

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5.1 Two levels of IDaaS from iC Consult

iC Consult offers two IDaaS solutions as part of its consultancy services. For those customers that are new to IDaaS or IAM it offers standard IDaaS w ...

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5.2 iC Consult Service Layers: Identity and Access Management as a Managed Service

The Service Layers platform takes the IDaaS model a stage further by offering the IAM consultancy services described above but delivers the final IAM ...

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6 Recommendations

KuppingerCole Analysts believe that IAM must evolve to become a background service akin to a utility that is easy to consume and flexible in supportin ...

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