Security leaders know that you need a strong access security solution to protect your modern enterprise and keep up with today's digital transformation. But supporting the environment of today was not a consideration back when vendors were building legacy stacks for employee identities and accessing resources within the firewall. Fast forward to the modern era, where those web access management (WAM) systems struggle with mobile apps and APIs and don't support migration to the cloud.
Sure, you could try to upgrade your current WAM system with add-ons and tweaks. But in most cases, the process is complex, requires significant resources and, in the end, is simply not up to the challenge of today's security threats.
The Trouble with WAM
Does your WAM pose any of these challenges to your enterprise security? Ask yourself if:
Only a subset of cloud and mobile use cases are satisfied because the system is based on proprietary protocols.
Disparate policies make you vulnerable to attack.
Long-lived application sessions deepen your risk of breach.
You cannot centralize authorization because policy is distributed across multiple systems.
Complexity all but ensures you are forced to take a less secure, lowest-common-denominator approach.
If you answered yes to any of the above, you need a solution that will better enable your enterprise to leverage modern technologies as well as support legacy on-premises applications.
Solving Access Security for Today's Digital World
Modern access security fills the gaps above by allowing you to create a central access point to control who has access to what and for how long. You can deploy your applications on premises, in a private cloud or in the public cloud, while maintaining the same level of access control. And you can do so quickly to protect new systems, accelerating digital transformation.
Key to this approach:
Access Centered on Identity
Stolen and weak credentials are still the top risk of breach in the enterprise. Identity combats this by securing and granting access beyond the firewall and giving the right people access to the right things, no matter where they are located, seamlessly and securely. It does so by utilizing single sign-on (SSO), multi-factor authentication (MFA) and centralized access control with a policy-driven security layer.
The OAuth 2.0 protocol provides a formal way for a client to request access to an API by presenting a token issued by an authorization server. A modern access security solution that supports OAuth allows for a secure way to authenticate a user, ask for consent and provide control over authorization scope.
Dynamic Page-level Access Control
Today, most organizations have built some level of authorization into applications, and this can make maintaining policy difficult, expensive and time-consuming. Employing a single control layer that determines access policy for each application and application page is a more efficient and secure way to manage authorization.
The Security Leader's Guide to Access Security
While it's natural to want to leverage your legacy system, WAM systems were designed to protect internal web resources hosted in enterprise data centers. Combining a legacy WAM with API gateways offers limited integration, and you're left with heavy but fragile products and a risky security posture. Learn more about how to implement secure access management for today's digital enterprise in our reference guide The Security Leader's Guide to Access Security.