Identity Defined Security: More Productivity and Better Security

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September 28, 2015

Traditional packaged software applications are becoming a thing of the past, and it's not hard to understand why. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications that live in the cloud let you avoid the purchase of hardware and greatly reduce the cost of software licenses and maintenance. Businesses of all sizes are migrating to cloud-based office productivity suites from Google and Microsoft, among other applications, including Salesforce.

 

This is great news for the enterprise, which can save money and increase business agility painlessly. But how many logins and passwords does your average employee have to manage? The fact is, unless you use a security framework that provides single sign-on capabilities -- independent of devices -- along with seamless, robust authentication, your users are going to suffer. No one wants to login multiple times.

 

In addition to the pain of managing all of those ids and passwords; passwords, on their own, are no longer sufficient to shield corporate applications and data. Traditional perimeter-based firewall security falls apart in the face of the cloud and mobility. A new paradigm called Identity Defined Security is the pathway to protecting your corporate assets while not impacting employee productivity.

 

Federated Access Management

Identity Defined Security puts identity at the center of your security architecture enabling more dynamic access control through three core capabilities that work together:

 

  1. Contextual Authentication - Is the user who they claim to be? Passwords are fast becoming a very poor way to determine this. If you could use many contextual data factors from the user's mobile device and other sources to authenticate users, your users would be happier and your systems MUCH more secure.
  2. Federated Sign-On - Once users are authenticated, they should have one click access to internal and cloud applications alike.
  3. Access Security - Users shouldn't have access to all applications. Enforce your authorization policy in real-time giving them access to only the applications and pages they should have access to and nothing more.

 

When you put authentication, SSO, and access controls together, that is federated access management.

 

Out-of-the-Box Cloud Provisioning

Ping Identity's IDS platform speeds your time to get Office 365 and other SaaS apps up and running. We also support automated provisioning of users to many popular cloud applications.  Our solution makes it easy to start small and scale up as you like.

 

Workforce Identity Solution

Leading enterprises like GE, Cisco, Walmart and Netflix are rethinking their approach to enterprise security while striving to give their employees quick and simple access to all of the applications they need. Ping's IDS platform gives their employees secure, one-click access to all of the web and mobile applications they need to get the job done.

 

Ping's Workforce Identity Solution leverages the Federated Access Management capabilities of our platform to provide:

 

  • Single Sign-On. We leverage our Federated Sign-On capability to give your employees one-click access to Office 365, Google Apps and all of the other SaaS and internal apps they need every day while vastly improving your cloud security.
  • Multi-factor authentication. Our platform's Contextual Authentication capability allows you to move beyond reliance on passwords alone to a multi-factor authentication solution that can leverage your employees' mobile devices to provide a simple strong authentication experience.
  • Web, mobile and API security. Our Access Security capability allows you to greatly simplify your access management through a single platform providing centralized access policy for web and mobile applications, as well as your APIs.

 

Take a moment to listen to  Andre Durand, Ping Identity CEO, as he discusses Evolving Security Beyond Borders and why in this era of cloud and mobility, an IDS solution makes it possible to empower your workforce with the tools and data they need to work productively, while ensuring protection of your corporate data and systems.