That security is required in the cloud seems self evident. But as your organization begins the journey to AWS, it is essential to have a roadmap of how to get there. And when you are trying to move from an on-premises datacenter-centric model to a cloud first AWS model, the key is that a lot of the security infrastructure around identity sits on-premises, whether it be Active Directory or web access management.
Many of our customers are telling us that the roadmap for that journey requires getting AWS ready from an operational and security standpoint first, before starting to move applications.
The journey starts with security
Before moving all of their legacy on-premises apps to AWS, these customers want to have their security infrastructure in place and designed for not only today’s hybrid IT world but ready for when the journey is complete and they are truly cloud first.
One of the first steps for this is single sign-on (SSO) and access management. Having SSO and access management solutions run natively on AWS gives end users the same ease of access and security that they are used to, regardless of where the application is sitting (on-prem, AWS, Azure, SaaS, mobile).
A common hurdle to moving to the cloud is the application itself. SaaS apps are easy; most of these by design are able to accept federation. But the legacy apps that are expecting headers typically causes problems. Ping Identity’s AWS cloud strategy helps with this as well. For applications that cannot take a SAML or OIDC token, PingAccess will convert the token to a header to provide SSO. This accelerates the wave of applications being deployed and drives the adoption of a cloud-first strategy.
Deploy your security infrastructure on AWS
By placing the Ping Identity security solutions in AWS and taking advantage of AWS capabilities like auto deployment, elastic scaling and zero downtime upgrades, enterprises are able to start their cloud migration securely. Users have secure, one-click access to all of their applications, regardless of location. IT departments can then migrate applications quickly and efficiently without disrupting user experience because the modern access management solution is designed to work in a hybrid world from within AWS!
An enterprise’s applications are critical to the ability to perform efficiently and ultimately succeed. If you are stuck on-premises with outdated security, you are vulnerable. By moving to an identity defined security model, your organization is freed to move applications to the cloud and operate more efficiently.