Cloud Computing for Schools: How IAM Systems Can Improve Migration

If you are thinking of moving to the cloud or have already started that transition, you’re in good company. An impressive 80 percent of school districts are using cloud-based software. It’s easy to see why.

The cloud offers many benefits for students, educators, and administrators. Students are able to learn technology skills, collaborate with other students, hold group discussions online, and get valuable information from outside experts.

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IAM Considerations When Planning an AWS Migration

As with any technology shift, there are many considerations and concerns surrounding a migration to the cloud, like how your existing software licenses transfer, what type of “cloud” you might need, reliability, and as always, security.

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Why IAM Should Be a Foundation for Your AWS Migration

As cloud technologies and services become increasingly pervasive, accepted, and economically compelling, it’s no longer a matter of “if”, but when to migrate. However, an equally important question is how to migrate! And more and more, companies are moving some or all of their infrastructure to Amazon Web Services (AWS) in order to realize lower capital costs and total cost of ownership, elastic scalability, and high availability at a global scale.

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Why You Must Consider IAM Before Your Cloud Migration


With an incredible 
95 percent of organizations already using the cloud in some fashion, it’s no surprise that there is an endless stream of advice on how to achieve a successful cloud migration.

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The Many Flavors of IDaaS: Choosing the Right One for Your Organization


In previous installments of this series, we discussed the emergence of Identity as a Service (IDaaS) and the benefits it offers. We also cleared up some of the most common misconceptions surrounding IDaaS. Now that you have a better understanding of the technology and its potential, let’s examine the most common IDaaS models, so that you can choose the right one for your organization.

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The 2 Most Common IDaaS Misperceptions


In our last post, we discussed some of the most compelling reasons for adopting identity and access management (IAM) in the cloud. Like most other cloud services, identity as a service (IDaaS) offers cost-effective, high availability and affordable scalability. However, as you consider the possibility of moving from your legacy, on-premises IAM system to the cloud, it’s vital that you begin with a clear understanding of common misperceptions that haunt the emerging IDaaS market; here are the two biggest ones:

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Why All the Interest in Cloud-Based IAM?


It’s practically a given that at least some of your IT systems and operations are in now in the cloud. In fact, 70 percent of small businesses and 90 percent of midmarket enterprises do, and the rest must begin to do so soon or risk falling behind their competition. According to Cisco, 83 percent of all data center traffic will be based in the cloud within the next three years; 2017 will see a particularly significant migration of workloads moving to cloud-based platforms, with IT modernization leading the way.

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Making the Case to Your CIO to Upgrade Your IAM System, Part 1

According to the new 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), legitimate user credentials were used in most data breaches, with some 63 percent of them using weak, default, or stolen passwords. This may come as some surprise to businesses that are not yet victims of such breaches as they continue to utilize homegrown, piecemeal, or legacy identity access management (IAM) solutions. While your CIO is focused on perimeter defense, your challenge is to shift this focus to the need for a more robust, modern, and integrated IAM solution, which is easier said than done.

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4 Signs You Need to Modernize Your Identity Management Software

According to Statista, the market for identity and access management is expected to grow to 7.1 billion dollars by the year 2018. This is up from 4.5 billion dollars in 2012; and much of this growth can be attributed to the fact that so many organizations are looking to upgrade their identity management software to better meet the security and workflow needs their company faces.

Unfortunately, there is no odometer on your current identity management solution that tells you it is time for an upgrade. Instead, knowing when you need to look at making a change can be determined by these four key factors.

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Boom Times for Cloud Security

Identity Automation had a fantastic showing at the Amazon AWS re:Invent Conference. Here’s a link to a write-up by Analyst Richard Stiennon about the event.

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