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CyberTalk: How to solve the hybrid Cloud Identity Access Management (IAM) problem?

It is extremely common for large organizations to have a mix of on-premise Information Technology (IT) set up as well as their IT spread across different cloud vendors. Especially, with Cloud adoption catching up at a rapid pace, a hybrid multi-Cloud environment is quite common today. Hence, the organizations are left with their existing on-premise IT set up along with either evolving Cloud or an already established Cloud set up. How to solve the Identity Access Management (IAM) problem for such setups?

The challenge with such scenarios is that Identity Access Management (IAM) for such organizations need to cater to a wide variety of use cases. The moment we are faced with such a question, we tend to look for a tool or a one-stop solution that can solve this problem. When you start researching about solving the Identity Access Management (IAM) problem for a hybrid cloud environment, you get hundreds of vendor tools claiming they can solve your problem. Potentially, they confuse you more than they solve your problem!

Hence, before getting into solution mode, we need to look at the following key considerations:

What is your Cybersecurity strategy

  • What is your problem statement?

  • Do you already have an Identity Access and Management platform?

  • Do you need a brand new IAM solution that can handle both on-premise and cloud assets? Or do need an Identity Integration platform to integrate Cloud assets with the existing IAM platform?

  • Is your IAM custom built or is that a vendor product?

  • What is your Information Technology (IT)landscape?

  • What are the current gaps?

The technology field has been fast-paced throughout its evolutionary history. Cloud adoption has increased the pace further especially post COVID-19 pandemic. A plethora of Cybersecurity products in the market are great development to support the growth but the landscape is very much confusing for the organizations, who are in the urgency of addressing security risks. The sense of urgency around mitigating security risk is a welcome step, but a lack of due diligence will land your organization into even more challenging situations. For example, vendor lock-in in case of new product buy decisions; technical debt, in case of custom IT development. Hence, take careful steps in solving your hybrid cloud problem.

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