access security

Secure access to apps and APIs to protect resources across

your enterprise

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WHAT IT SOLVES

DON’T COMPROMISE SECURITY FOR ACCESSIBILITY

Today’s workforce, partners and customers need digital access everywhere, which means you need to ensure that your digital assets are both accessible and secure. But the complexity and on-premises requirements of legacy web access management (WAM) systems and the limitations of API gateways leave enterprises without a central location to manage access security. A modern access security solution is a necessity to centralize management and enforcement of policies based on user and device context to ensure that only authorized users access the resources they need in your organization.

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RISK-DEFINED AUTHORIZATION

One-size-fits-all access security isn’t ideal for any organization. Applications and APIs have different levels of risk associated with the services and data to which they provide access. Even within individual resources, certain URLs and transaction types contain different risk profiles. Other considerations include environmental risks such as geolocation and IP address, user risks like group membership and seniority, and device risks such as device health and reputation. Leveraging identity attributes to ensure users are only authorized to access resources under the appropriate circumstances greatly improves enterprise security.

how it solves it

one place to manage access

for hybrid IT

Enterprises are hosting applications on-premises, in private and public clouds, or in a hybrid mix of it all. Some organizations have legacy WAM systems built to protect on-premises applications but not those hosted in the cloud. Without a modern access security solution, you could end up with disconnected, uncoordinated policies and sessions, which could increase the risk of errors or vulnerabilities. You need a way to centralize policy management and provide users with secure access to all applications, regardless of where those apps are deployed.

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APIs need access

security too

Secure access shouldn’t stop at the application level. APIs are opening up access to valuable data and services that should have the same level of access control as your organization’s web applications. To secure access to both, you need a comprehensive policy engine that uses contextual policies, which can better identify a client’s risk profile before granting it access to sensitive information through an API.

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flexible access for today

and tomorrow

Legacy WAM systems weren’t designed to support the complex requirements of today’s enterprises. These proprietary solutions lack the flexibility to integrate new technologies, resulting in complicated architectures that are slow and costly to maintain. Adding support for new architectures and protocols requires an access security solution that leverages your current investments while also taking advantage of the latest technologies.

 

Modern access management solutions were designed to work with legacy WAM systems to enhance security, centralize management and improve system performance. Using modern access control, organizations can support both legacy and modern applications, while architecting the infrastructure to meet their needs either in the cloud or on-premises.

the proof

WGU LEARNS SIMPLE, POLICY-CONTROLLED ACCESS

 

OPPORTUNITY

To connect to a variety of new and old technology applications, Western Governors University (WGU) needed to replace OpenSSO in order to support modern protocols such as SAML and OpenID Connect. In addition, they needed to protect both APIs and applications through a single access gateway.

 

RESULT

PingFederate with PingAccess was found to be superior in performance and lower in admin overhead than any other solution evaluated. It gave WGU the simple access to applications that users wanted and the controlled access to resources that policy demanded.

 

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