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Organizations need a vast number of requirements in terms of cybersecurity. They need identity solutions that can keep pace with their needs and grow with them. They are looking for security, convenience and innovation, which an identity platform can provide.

Mario Moreno

IAM Engineer

September 27th, 2021

What Identity Platform refers to is a modern solution that manages user identities and devices through a centralized identity management system. It allows organizations to authorize workplaces and users access to a modern ecosystem using access management tools, programmable components, integrations and services.   

As these companies grow, they require new innovations and meet new demands from their customers, so they need an identity solution that can accompany them during this process. The aim is to centralize and consolidate identity, thus reducing the need to access different sites using sub-optimal authentication resources.   

Previously, Web Access Management (WAM) was used for identity and access terms. This system was used around the 90’s and was used to control access to web resources through authentication. However, it no longer has sufficient security for today’s problems, so the emergence of MFA has come to create first-hand solutions working in conjunction with the cloud so that companies can modernize their security scheme.  

With the accelerated migration to the cloud for covid 19 issues, the trend of software as a service (SaaS) has grown and in turn the development of identity as a service (IDaaS) has been born, with which companies can scale their identity solutions. In these cases, as the number of users increases, it is important to have identity access management (IAM), making it an important element in the security of your company.  

What should a modern identity platform look like?

  1. Unified: It must provide organizations with a unified view of the identities they work with, allowing them to centralize users on a single platform and solve security and identity management problems from a single place.  
  2. Extensible: Have flexibility allowing organizations to customize, extend and provide solutions that adapt to their needs through no-code, low-code and pro-code capabilities.  
  3. Integrated: Platforms must be effectively integrated into an ecosystem environment of applications, infrastructure and tools to maintain functional consistency and a good user experience. It is important for organizations to be able to choose from various integrations to see which ones best suit their needs.  

These pillars are the foundation underpinning Okta’s identity solutions and have been instrumental in developing identity solutions for customers. Okta’s platform promotes a complete and comprehensive identity template that can be tailored to any enterprise and allows developers to adopt and create an identity solution through Okta Platform Services.  

Identity platforms of the future

Identity management platforms are slowly emerging and their flexibility presents an incredible opportunity for future growth. There are three elements to generate this growth in platforms:  

  • Identity-first security: consider the security controls available throughout your identity environment and how the environment enables customers to consume the services they need.  
  • Cybersecurity mesh: Process of protecting all devices and access points. Based on security policies applied at the identity level rather than just at the network level. Ensures that all resources are protected, regardless of how an organization’s infrastructure changes, and is a crucial step in implementing a zero trust architecture.  
  • Decentralized identity: Relies on decentralized identity, allowing users to manage their own identities and receive and verify credentials from multiple issuers.  

The benefits of modern identity

  • Solution consolidation: Seamless integration across a wide range of applications and solutions allows organizations to combine pre-built components and cover more use cases. No-code, low-code and pro-code options allow organizations to tailor applications to their specific requirements.  
  • Reduced complexity: Having a single solution for managing identities gives organizations a centralized view of their devices, resources and users.  
  • Configuration: Incorporating configurations such as MFA, malware detection and insecure password detection into applications strengthens communication between systems. This gives organizations the ability to act proactively on identity concerns.  
  • Security and privacy: An easy-to-use interface ensures that users can seamlessly access the solutions they need, while authentication tools protect their sensitive data. A central interface also enables organizations to apply and enforce the same security policies across their infrastructure.  

The trend that is being created around identity platforms will provide a new alternative for a large number of corporations to centralize all their users and information within a single work environment and allow them to have better control of their company. Similarly, as mentioned above, it was born out of the need to provide greater security and adapt to the migration to the cloud. In a few years, a large number of companies will be looking for ways to innovate in terms of security without losing their performance and that is where identity platforms will have a place.   

References:

[1] What is an identity platform. Arun Singh. 2021

https://www.okta.com/blog/2021/07/what-is-an-identity-platform/

 

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