As companies add more cloud services to their IT environments, the process of managing identities is getting more complex.

When companies use cloud services -- services they don't control themselves -- they still must develop sound policies around role-based access. They still must grant rights to users who need information to get work done. And they must be able to automatically take away those privileges when people leave a company or change roles. On top of it all, companies using cloud services are also bound by any compliance rules that govern their identity and access management (IAM) initiatives.

With the collection of cloud services now holding sensitive data, organizations have to contend with a smorgasbord of new login systems and proprietary connector APIs that often don't work well with internal IAM systems. "I bet that not many IT professionals thought they would look nostalgically at large, complex, on-premises deployments, but now many do," says Julian Lovelock, VP of product marketing for identity assurance at smart card manufacturer HID Global. Read full story on Dark Reading


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