20 January 2022
Think you can’t afford to modernize your legacy IAM? If you feel it’s just too expensive to invest in enhancing your IAM, consider this: It may actually be more costly to your organization to try and “make do” with what you already have.
The widespread adoption of cloud-based applications and a proliferation of SaaS applications, as well as increasing use of mobile and BYOD, create challenges with access controls and data governance that are requiring admins to focus on new approaches to identity access management – abandoning the more traditional, role-based security paradigms in order to mitigate risk.
Newer technologies require a sophisticated approach to rights management – the ability to provide different degrees of access to different users in a range of situations, providing real-time security checks that take into account a broad number of contextual parameters. As described in a recent blog post, it’s more effective in today’s IT ecosystem to utilize methods that take into account user attributes, as well as environmental attributes like time, location, events, and more.
Legacy IAM systems focus on admin-time authorization, and only get you part of the way. They don’t offer the necessary functionality to deal with new technological challenges in an effective and strategic manner.
Problems include adoption of new technologies (cloud & mobile, collaboration support, etc.) – meaning support of distributed identities & distributed data - and advanced security requirements (such as providing run-time decisions). Furthermore, legacy systems slow down the rollout of new projects. They lack the support – much needed in today’s complex IT ecosystem – for Policy Based Access Control.
Another issue with legacy systems is what’s known as access creep and over permission. With legacy systems, many companies end up granting improper permissions to employees. Keeping access minimized to meet the needs of each employee exactly (but no more) is time consuming and very hard to maintain as a company grows.
As employees take on new responsibilities or switch jobs within an organization, they frequently obtain access to new resources while still maintaining their access to the resources they needed in their initial positions.
This problem is compounded when dealing with cloud-based platforms. Because legacy systems are role based rather than contextual (or access based), access methods need to support the ability to provide multiple datasets and this can be very difficult – and sometimes expensive – with legacy IAM.
With the disadvantages inherent to legacy IAM systems, businesses stand to lose out on several fronts: security, compliance, and customer experience.
But it’s true that modernizing legacy systems require both planning and investment. It’s a question of rethinking the architecture to meet today’s IT challenges from the ground up, and providing solutions in a timely manner that meets business needs.
Whilst implementing new IAM systems is costly in terms of both time and money, ignoring the alternative cost of keeping in with the old is far higher. By modernizing your IAM platform, you gain:
Smarter use of funds:
Legacy platforms frequently require expensive customization. Newer platforms are designed for quicker deployment. By combining the two, you can reuse all efforts already placed on the legacy platform, to address your new challenges even quicker.
With contextual and real-time access, new IAMs mitigate risk by avoiding access creep and effectively handling changing roles within organizations, providing a higher degree of life cycle management.
Modernizing your IAM, can offer the following technical benefits:
PlainID modernizes your legacy IAM and addresses the IT ecosystem holistically from within a single, stable platform that eases policy management while reducing the administrative burden. PlainID frees up company resources to focus on new ideas, business strategies and increase revenue.
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