What is Unified Access Management?

April 11th, 2018   |     |  smarter identity

Defining Unified Access Management

Unified Access Management (UAM) enables a unified approach to managing access for both SaaS and on-premises application environments, as well as extending Access Management to networks and devices, using SaaS infrastructure which unifies all corporate users and user directories.

In doing so, Unified Access Management greatly simplifies the overall administration experience, reduces costs and operational complexity considerably, improves the end-user experience, and improves organizational security.

Why is Unified Access Management Important?

In response to the surging portfolio of cloud applications, multi-tenant Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) offerings aimed at managing access for SaaS applications began to emerge, including Centrify, Microsoft Azure AD Premium, Okta, and OneLogin.

Generally, these services offered their own cloud directory and/or synchronized with existing user stores and identity infrastructure such as Microsoft Active Directory and LDAP to perform fundamental Access Management tasks.

IT organizations now face a considerable challenge: how to manage access for two completely distinct environments, each with their own set of vendors focused on addressing one half of the equation.

How Does UAM Work?

Unified Access Management fuses the most desirable components of both conventional on-premises tools and Identity-as-a-Service offerings, marrying the speed, scalability, and elegance of the cloud with the functional capabilities of on-premises solutions.

Specifically, this solution bridges the gap between directory infrastructure and on-premises applications by translating user info from the cloud into customized HTTP headers that on-premises applications natively understand. It connects to a range of web app servers, such as Apache, IIS, Tomcat, Weblogic, WebSphere, and JBoss.

The solution is easy to configure and lightweight in nature, but scalable for the enterprise. Dependence on installation wizards or complex configuration is not required, and UAM offers the full of set of cloud identity features such as Single Sign-On with adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication and the ability to automate provisioning to SaaS apps.

Where do I start? OneLogin is the world’s leading Unified Access Management solution. Over 2,000 enterprises from around the globe trust OneLogin with securing their app data.

Click here to get your free UAM demo, and see if OneLogin is a fit for your organization.

About the Author

Jack Shepherd joined the OneLogin team in Summer of 2015, and is now the Content Marketing Lead at OneLogin. Jack specializes in producing thought leadership pieces around the latest cloud technologies, cybersecurity, and the evolving role of unified access management.

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