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April 2013, Volume 2, Number 4

Identity and access management market faces identity crisis in cloud

The hard candy shell of the traditional corporate firewall and network has dissolved into a gooey center from the proliferation of SaaS apps and personal mobile devices. The process of controlling identity, access and delivery of services was relatively simple when employees only had one desktop computer to log in to every morning. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case for most organizations -- whether they know it or not. For most of the past decade, enterprise identity and access management (IAM) was a mostly solved problem. Microsoft's Active Directory or Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) were sufficient tools for managing everything from group security policies to access to a Windows domain. Now, organizations need tools to extend user access and identity to everything, like Software as a Service (SaaS) apps and mobile devices, while still integrating with existing investments in Active Directory and traditional Windows applications, said Gregg Kreizman, an identity access management analyst at Gartner, Inc., ...

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