Our Top Enterprise IAM Blogs in 2017


Another year, another look back at our top blogs! 2017 produced our our most read blog to-date, RBAC vs ABAC Access Control Models - IAM Explained. And from common Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) terms and factor types to the top challenges and benefits, we also saw great readership on many of our MFA-related articles.

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4 Ways Organizations Can Define Their Account Username Convention

Developing a company-wide account username convention as part of a company’s enterprise password management strategy is an important and challenging task. For organizations managing more than one set of credentials for their various systems and applications, a best practice is to consolidate all credentials into a single, enterprise-wide account username convention.

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Evaluating Common Account Username Conventions Used By Universities

Around the world, colleges and universities are welcoming students, faculty, and staff back for the fall semester. Those who are new to campus will undoubtedly need a few days to find their way around, remember their class schedules, and, of course, memorize their newly issued usernames.

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Why Your Organization Needs an Enterprise-Wide Account Username Convention

Is your organization using more than one account username conventions for your different systems and applications? If so, your organization isn’t alone. Since there is no one-size-fits-all naming convention, creating a single, enterprise-wide account username convention is easier said than done. However, using the right methodology, it is not only possible to create an enterprise-wide account username convention, but one that is an optimal fit for your organization.

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Ensuring Your Information Security Program Addresses Your Shadow IT Problem

A specter is haunting your business—the specter of shadow IT. It’s circumventing your security policies, compromising your data sovereignty, and costing you money. It lurks on your networks, on your employees’ computers and devices, on your servers, and in the cloud. Ever-present and always out of sight…or, at least, that’s how it sounds.     

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Single Sign-On vs. Full-Featured IAM Systems: Which Is Right for You?


When we engage with a new IT team and ask how they are currently managing user identities and access, more often than not, they simply point to a single sign-on (SSO) portal. This inevitably prompts a clarifying discussion around the meaning of SSO.

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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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Single Sign-On vs Reduced Sign-On - IAM Explained


Whenever I am involved in the initial discovery phase of an Identity and Access Management (IAM) project, the term Single Sign-On (SSO) always comes up. SSO is often desired or a hard requirement of customers, which inevitably prompts a clarification discussion around just exactly what SSO means to them.


The customer’s definition of SSO is usually something along the lines of “customers have one set of login credentials for all of their web applications instead of a different set for each.” For example, a single “scarter” account and password can get me access to Salesforce and Google Apps versus having a separate “scarter1” account for Salesforce and then an “scarter2” account for Google Apps.  

However, this interpretation of what SSO means is actually only half correct.

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Don't Stop at Single Sign On

There is no doubt that single sign-on (SSO) capabilities are an important part of any identity and access management (IAM) solution. SSO reduces user frustrations by eliminating the need to keep a list of separate login credentials for individual applications and lowers support costs by helping to reduce the amount of time IT spends addressing login issues and resetting forgotten passwords. Single sign-on can also be utilized for documenting user account activity.

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