Why Manufacturers are Turning to Cloud-Based IAM

October 27th, 2017   /     /   smarter identity

Contemporary manufacturing organizations continue to look to cloud technologies to enable their businesses and drive organizational success. Specifically, they’re looking to improve agility across their supply chains, improve security, and simplify identity management - all at a reduced cost.

Many manufacturers, however, are still utilizing on-premises identity management systems. These solutions may have sufficed 20 years ago, but create a number of challenges for manufacturing organizations today.

The Challenges

Inefficiency Across the Supply Chain
Manufacturers often work with many vendors across a very complex supply chain. For example, one of our customers, Airbus, works with 7,700 unique vendors in their supply chain.

Interacting with vendors can be a slow, manual process made even more sluggish by dependencies on antiquated tools and systems. All of this translates to lost productivity, and by extension, lost competitive advantage.

At-Risk Sensitive Data
Manufacturers handle a wealth of sensitive data, including blueprints, schematics, business plans, financials, partner agreements, NPI documentation, and M&A data. And according to the 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, manufacturers also face a higher volume of phishing attacks than any other industry.

In order to mitigate the risk of extremely damaging account compromises or data breaches, manufacturers are looking to ensure users (especially remote employees) are accessing data - or apps that contain sensitive data - in a secure manner.

High Costs and Lost Productivity
Manufacturers are under constant pressure to reduce costs. They are often bogged down by the high operational costs of traditional identity management, and the sluggish pace of app rollouts. Manufacturers often face high attrition, which means IT is spending countless hours each year onboarding and offboarding employees. End users also often forget their app passwords, which not only causes delays in user productivity, but slows down IT with a consistent flow of password-reset support tickets.

Overly Complex Identity Management
Manufacturing organizations are made up of a lot of moving parts; supply chain partners and vendors working out of various locations make for very structurally complex systems. This often results in several disparate directories, complicated app rollouts, and an overly complex identity management system as a whole.

The Solution: Cloud-Based Identity and Access Management

Each of these challenges can be addressed with a cloud-based IAM solution. OneLogin identity and access management offers single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, real-time Active Directory integration, and comes pre-integrated with more than 5,000 apps, including SAP, Oracle, G Suite, and Office 365.

“The high-level results from using OneLogin include reducing administrative costs, protecting and leveraging existing investments, time savings for IT and users, high user adoption, and providing a holistic view of security.” - Nate Hauenstein, Enterprise Infrastructure Manager at Chart Industries.

The OneLogin Single Sign-On Portal centralizes each employee’s apps in a single location for quick and easy access with a single secure password. This not only improves user productivity, but saves IT time by drastically reducing the number of support tickets caused by forgotten passwords.

OneLogin also streamlines user onboarding and offboarding with automated processes, and empowers IT with HR-system integrations to make these processes even smoother when employees leave or join the company.

If you’re apprehensive about employees using personal devices to access corporate data outside of the firewall, we have you covered. OneLogin Adaptive Authentication is a new, smarter breed of MFA. Adaptive Auth uses machine learning to analyze a number of factors when employees attempt to log into their apps. The system analyzes details like the time of day, geographic location, network familiarity and the login device, looking for abnormalities with any of these factors - and then responds by dynamically, requiring additional authentication factors when anomalous activity is detected

For example, if the system notices that Jane White’s account - which typically uses an iPhone to log into company apps from Detroit - is being logged into from an Android phone in Hong Kong, Adaptive Authentication will detect that suspicious activity, alert your security team, and trigger an appropriate MFA request.

But what about legacy on-premises web apps?

Moving away from a legacy infrastructure can be daunting for many organizations, but it doesn’t have to be. OneLogin Web Access Management (WAM) simplifies this process by integrating with your web servers to secure access to your legacy applications, while also connecting to the OneLogin Cloud Directory for the full set of Cloud IAM features.

In short, you can take your time setting up your cloud infrastructure with all of the apps your users need, while simultaneously making all of your on-prem operations more secure and productive in the meantime.

“The tight integration of OneLogin’s cloud directory for SaaS apps and OneLogin WAM for our on-premises applications makes it easier for our people, enabling us to have a more efficient and effective IT department.” - Scott Underhill, IT Manager at SOTI.

Want to learn more? Get a free customized demo to see if OneLogin is a fit for your organization!

About the Author

Jack Shepherd is a Content Marketing Specialist at OneLogin, and is responsible for the production and management of original marketing content. Jack specializes in producing content around the latest trends in cyber security and cloud technology, as well as the developing areas of Identity and Access Management (IAM), software as a service (SaaS) and the internet of things (IoT).

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