Concerned about security in the cloud? Focus on identity management
May 12, 2021
Over the past year, many organizations have accelerated their cloud use to take advantage of its elasticity, efficiency, innovation and savings. But there is one lingering hesitancy recently underscored by new Accenture research: Security.
When this generalized cloud security concern is coupled with the potential complexities of SaaS, on-premise data centers and hybrid/multi-cloud environments, organizations' commitment to cloud may waver. That's unfortunate—and unnecessary, thanks to the answers (and relief) provided by modern identity and access management solutions. The appropriate identity solution can play a key role in a safe and secure journey to the cloud and will keep providing value as companies continue operating in the cloud.
A modern identity and access management solution can be one of an organization's strongest security controls when it comes to protecting access to cloud, including IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. But the 'modern' part is critical. Most legacy digital identity processes and tools lack the scope and the capability to secure access to the cloud, let alone also securing access to the entire digital and physical landscape. Compounding these issues is a tendency to try to combine fragmented digital identity tools and processes, which in turn increases cost, increases risk and introduces friction into the user experience.
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Unfortunately, in my experience, a large majority of organizations are still struggling to provide even the most basic, scalable digital identity capabilities. This has led the organizations to make tough decisions to leave behind their digital identity teams and try to implement their own services. This may increase the organization's total cost of digital identity, raises risk because of lack of consistent centralized control and provides a fragmented user experience fraught with friction. This doesn’t need to be the case.
With some prudent actions, digital identity can enable an organization’s safe journey to the cloud and beyond. Organizations should consider:
Implementing a mature digital identity capability can enable the business, reduce friction and increase digital adoption. This path enables organizations and individuals to help interact securely and without friction, providing a good user experience while likely reducing time and cost savings, and delivering risk reduction.
For more information on digital identity, please visit www.accenture.com/digitalidentity.
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