Today, enterprise employees have a vast array of both on-premise and cloud applications available at their fingertips. They are better equipped than ever to get their work done easily with the apps of their choice. But there’s an issue…
Despite IT’s best efforts to regulate and monitor employee access to these apps, users are increasingly signing up for cloud-based applications without any IT involvement. Perhaps they don’t see the harm in signing up for an app or two without consulting IT, or maybe they’re ignorant to IT protocols altogether. Whatever the reason, it’s becoming more and more common for employees to use “rogue” apps, often times trusting them with sensitive business data, without IT being any the wiser.
Forrester reports that while organizations have grown wise to the threat of hacking into on-premise environments after decades of hardening the perimeters of their networks, many are still ill-prepared for the new age of data security risk. In the last few years, criminals have been shifting their attention toward applications that are much easier to break into — SaaS apps residing outside corporate walls.
The danger with shadow IT is that without the security and compliance regulations that IT would typically put in place, organizations are even more vulnerable, and cybersecurity attacks are surging in frequency. Organizations today typically use a staggering 600 to 1000 SaaS apps, and IT cannot afford for any of these to have vulnerabilities.
How can IT securely manage access to all of these applications and ensure that employees are utilizing them in compliance with security protocols?
The Power of Identity as a Service (IDaaS)
You don’t have to do it alone. According to Forrester, IDaaS functionality has undergone a significant transformation over the last few years, alleviating complexity inherent to identity management. Cloud-based Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions like OneLogin are simple and cost-effective alternatives to the nightmare of managing your own employee identities on-premise.
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