Password Pain is Systemic

April 12th, 2011   /     /   Product and Technology

You’re not alone – everyone suffers from password fatigue. Your pain is likely different, however, based on your role within the organization. With the increased adoption of cloud applications in enterprise, employees tire from having to create and remember several secure passwords, IT bares the administrative burden of disparate systems, and senior management owns the risks of a security breach.

Let’s first explore the responsibilities of senior management. A password-related security breach, seen all too often from leading organizations, generates unflattering media attention that both the CEO and CIO must respond to. Being in a position to publicly admit faulty security measures is never pleasant nor desirable for organizations that aspire to longevity.

Although upper management faces the public when a breach occurs, it’s the IT staff who must provide the answers as to why it took place and, more importantly, how to avoid being in that situation again. But with so many web applications to manage and no casino centralized administrative tool, cloud computing for IT means continually resetting passwords, integrating several applications with the company’s existing directory, manually giving new employees access to all their web applications, or trying – often in vain – to prevent ex-employees from accessing enterprise data hosted online.

So how can an organization – that wants to leverage all the benefit of cloud computing – avoid enterprise-wide password pain? Enter identity management in the cloud.

In a nutshell, OneLogin offers a secure gateway to an organization’s web-based applications, both in the cloud and behind the firewall. Instead of accessing and managing applications individually, OneLogin provides employees with a secure portal where all the applications are just one click away. As for IT, they gain access to a centralized administrative dashboard where security policies can be set and enforced, users can easily be denied or granted access, and where all applications can be integrated with the existing directory.

The move to the cloud doesn’t have to be problematic. By adoption OneLogin as the organization’s identity and access management solution, employees at every level can enjoy the benefits of cloud computing, pain-free.

About the Author

Thomas Pedersen, founder and CEO of Onelogin, has more than 15 years of experience in building and selling carrier-grade billing systems for phone companies, initially at Cisco-backed Digiquant in Denmark and later at Intec Telecom Systems in the US. After having helped Zendesk grow to 5,000 customers as VP Business Development, he is now laser-focused on making OneLogin the most widely deployed identity management solution in the cloud.

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