Identity and access management to protect and streamline the user experience.
To compete effectively, it is vital to offer employees easy access to digital systems and make it simple for prospects to sign up to digital services – but managing identities efficiently is a tough challenge across today’s complex hybrid and multi-cloud environments.
With IBM Security Verify (formerly IBM Cloud Identity) delivered by data security experts from Northdoor, your business can use a class-leading Identity as a Service (IDaaS) solution and enable secure access to any digital systems – on-premises or in the cloud – without adding friction to user journeys.
Why you should evaluate IBM Security Verify Identity and Access Management
As enterprises across industries sprint ahead with innovative, digital-enabled services, it has never been more important to ensure that your approach to identity and access management (IAM) minimises friction in the customer journey.
Striking the optimal balance between protecting your data and streamlining the user experience is crucial. If your digital systems are poorly protected, your exposure to cyber threats will be unacceptably high. But if your systems are difficult for legitimate users to access, you run the risk of damaging employee productivity and alienating potential customers.
Many of today’s enterprises depend on an interconnected, hybrid network of on-premises systems and public and private cloud platforms, each with their own IAM regimes. As a result, it can be extremely difficult to manage identities and access effectively within lean cyber budgets.
IBM Security Verify Access – guided free trial
IBM Security Verify brings together class-leading IBM IDaaS solutions, including: IBM Security Secret Server, IBM Security Privilege Manager, IBM Security MaaS360 with Watson, and more. Determining the optimal configuration for your specific business requirements might feel like a daunting task – but the good news is that Northdoor is here to help.
Our data security consultants will be able to help you evaluate the solution for your business, and they will quickly guide you through deployment and configuration of IBM Security Verify so you can get hands-on experience.
With the free trial in place you will be able to quickly compare identity and access management solutions for your enterprise, and see the benefits for yourself:
- Enable single-sign on and access management capabilities for all cloud and on-premises applications.
- Delegate applications to the lines of business that own them.
- Enable policy-driven multi-factor authentication, including support for password-less user journeys.
- Explore decentralised identity technologies based on blockchain.
- Manage the entire user lifecycle from a single point of control.
- Gain real time insights into user activity and entitlements with analytics components.
- Make it easier for prospective clients to navigate your services.
Identifying the risks
Businesses that fail to get IAM under control face risks on several fronts. Many of the most infamous data breaches in recent history began with attackers exploiting employee identities. If your personnel rely on different identities for each on-premises and cloud-based system, you might be incentivising risky behaviours such as re-using passwords, choosing weak passwords or storing passwords in plain text – leaving your business open to attack.
From the IT administration perspective, another major threat is not being able to see where all privileged credentials in the organisation reside. Without a clear, top-level view of these identities, there is always a chance that disused privileged accounts remain active. As well as increasing the attack surface, these identities could enable cyber criminals to escalate their privilege once inside the network, with the potential for untold financial and reputational damage.
From the customer experience point of view, a poorly designed IAM onboarding process can cause even the most enthusiastic prospects to abandon their journeys, leading to missed business opportunities and opening the door to your competitors. Robust identity management capabilities are equally important from a compliance standpoint, especially since many customers in Europe now have the right to erasure under the GDPR.
The strengths of IBM Security Verify
To empower businesses to simplify and accelerate identity protection and deliver seamless digital trust for employees and customers, IBM offers Security Verify (formerly Cloud Identity): an innovative Identity as a Service (IDaaS) offering.
Based on IBM’s proven, industry-leading experience in managing more than two billion identities around the world, Security Verify combines four key IAM offerings in a single solution, tailored to the individual requirements of your business.
With Security Verify, your enterprise can enable single-sign and access management capabilities for all cloud and on-premises applications, with the flexibility to delegate applications to the lines of business that own them. For enhanced security, Security Verify Access can enable policy-driven multi-factor authentication, including support for password-less user journeys and cutting-edge decentralised identity technologies based on blockchain.
With Security Verify governance components, your administrators can manage the entire user lifecycle from a single point of control. And with insights into user activity and entitlements from optional analytics components, you’ll gain peace of mind that your teams have the information at their fingertips to make faster, smarter decisions that keep the business protected 24/7.
Cut through complexity with Northdoor data security solutions
For over 30 years, Northdoor has worked with blue-chip enterprises and leading public-sector organisations to deliver rock-solid security capabilities quickly, cost-efficiently and with minimal disruption to day-to-day operations. Our consultants are certified experts in the IBM solution ecosystem and combine the technology expertise and industry experience. We can guide you to the IBM Security Verify configuration that’s best for your business.
Northdoor has provided IBM technology solutions to more than 250 customers across all industries, and we have the people, processes and patterns to help you achieve next-generation IAM capabilities without breaking the bank.
Get started with IBM Security Verify Access guided free trial
- Try out adaptive MFA across resources
- Connect an existing directory or add new users
This demo video shows how you can uncover insights from IBM Security Verify’s reporting dashboard as you monitor authentication activity, learn how application licenses are being utilised, and dig into reports to troubleshoot user login issues.
Cloud Identity for Dummies
Are you ready to manage identity across the full range of on-premises, cloud and mobile applications with IBM Cloud Identity?
Download your complimentary copy to learn:
- The basics of Identity and Access Management (IAM), and how cloud-based IAM is different.
- Popular deployment models for SSO to SaaS, on-premises and mobile applications.
- How IDaaS can lower TCO, simplify architecture, and improve security and compliance.
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