Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Azure Identity & Access Management (IAM) gives you control of your environment(s), who has access, and when and where access occurs. Protect your organization with secure access for all your users, smart devices, and services.
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What is Identity and Access Management?

Identity and Access Management (IAM) provides right-level access to your business data and functions, enabling your teams to work securely from anywhere, anytime. IAM includes:

Unified Identity Management

Manage all your identities and access to all your apps in a central location, whether they’re in the cloud or on-premises, to improve visibility and control.

Simplified Identity Governance

Control access to apps and data for all users and admins efficiently with automated identity governance to ensure only authorized users have access.

Risk-Based Conditional Access

Protect access to resources and data using strong authentication and risk-based adaptive access policies without compromising user experience.

Seamless User Experience

Provide an easy, fast sign-in experience to keep your users productive, reduce time managing passwords, and increase end-user productivity.

Why you need IAM

Azure Active Directory’s IAM provides the most effective security and compliance protocols for your business. In an increasingly hybrid and remote workplace, IAM provides granular access to your critical data and business functions. IAM solutions make it possible to verify and manage identities, detect suspicious activity, and report incidents, all of which are necessary for meeting compliance requirements such as Know Your Customer, transaction monitoring for Suspicious Activity Reporting, and the Red Flags Rule. 

In addition, IAM supports the development of advanced IT solutions, including:

  • Modernization of infrastructure
  • Streamlining single sign-on
  • Collaboration across virtual boundaries
  • Decentralization identities
  • Building more secure apps
  • Managing workload identities
  • and more
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Benefits of Identity and Access Management Protect?

The right IAM system brings multiple benefits to an organization

The right access for the right people

With the ability to create and enforce centralized rules and access privileges, an IAM system makes it easier to ensure that users have access to the resources they need without making it possible for them to access sensitive information they don’t need. This is known as role-based access control (RBAC). RBAC is a scalable way to restrict access to only the people who need that access to perform their role. Roles can be assigned based on a fixed set of permissions or custom settings.

Data encryption

One of the reasons IAM is so effective at elevating an organization’s security is that many IAM systems offer encryption tools. These protect sensitive information when it’s transmitted to or from the organization and features like Conditional Access enable IT administrators to set conditions such as device, location, or real-time risk information as conditions for access. This means the data is safe even in the event of a breach because the data can only be decrypted under verified conditions.

Unhindered productivity

As important as security is, productivity and user experience are also important. As tempting as it might be to implement a complicated security system to prevent breaches, having multiple barriers to productivity like multiple logins and passwords is a frustrating user experience. IAM tools like single sign-on (SSO) and unified user profiles make it possible to grant secure access to employees across multiple channels like on-premises resources, cloud data, and third-party applications without multiple logins

Less manual work for IT

By automating IT department tasks like helping people reset their passwords, unlock their accounts, and monitoring access logs to identify anomalies, IAM systems can save IT departments time and effort. This frees up the IT department to focus on other important tasks like implementing a Zero Trust strategy throughout the rest of the organization. IAM is essential to Zero Trust, which is a security framework built on the principles of verifying explicitly, using least privileged access, and assuming breach.

Protection from data breaches

While no security system is infallible, using IAM technology significantly reduces your risk of data breaches. IAM tools like MFA, passwordless authentication, and SSO give users the ability to verify their identities using more than just a username and password, which can be forgotten, shared, or hacked. Expanding user login options with an IAM solution reduces that risk by adding an additional layer of security to the login process that can’t as easily be hacked or shared.

Improved collaboration and efficiency

Seamless collaboration between employees, vendors, contractors, and suppliers is essential to keeping up with the pace of modern work. IAM enables this collaboration by making sure that not only is collaboration secure, it’s also fast and easy. IT administrators can also build role-based automated workflows to speed up the permissions processes for role transfers and new hires, which saves time during onboarding.

Identity and Access Management

Powered by Microsoft Entra

The Entra family of products includes Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Entra for Permissions Management, and Microsoft Entra Verified ID. Each portion of Entra builds on the piece before it, and provides tools to businesses which enable them to become more secure both internally and externally.

Azure Active Directory

Safeguard your organization with the identity and access management solution that connects people to their apps, devices, and data.

Microsoft Entra Permissions Management

Discover, remediate, and monitor permission risks across your multicloud infrastructure with a cloud infrastructure entitlement management (CIEM) solution.

Microsoft Entra Verified ID

Create, issue, and verify privacy-respecting decentralized identity credentials with an identity verification solution that helps you enable more secure interactions with anyone or anything.

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When to Implement Access Management

Your business already has some access management policies in place. Your employees may log into a VPN with a set of credentials that uniquely identifies them. But if they want to access business data or platforms from a different device or location, logging in increases risk.

Implementing IAM frees up employees to work from anywhere, on any device, anytime while maintaining tight security standards. It’s better to begin implementation as soon as possible as to avoid a forced transition (when complying with industry or regulatory standards).

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How to start with Identity and Access Management through Azure

Familiarizing yourself with Entra, Microsofts new identity suite, can give you more information about the new technologies available to your business. Once you know what you need to change or implement, working with a partner like Finchloom can minimize your downtime and enable your IT department to focus on internal tasks that take precedence.

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