“Identity and access management (IAM) is the security discipline that enables the right individuals to access the right resources at the right times for the right reasons.” (Gartner).
Mobile devices and apps. Social media. Cloud based services, e.g. Gmail, Dropbox, Office365, Salesforce.com. Enterprise applications, e.g. SAP, Visual Studio. Proprietary corporate systems. Etc., etc., etc. User’s today access a multitude of applications across multiple channels, in any number of roles and with usage rights that change from application to application and, sometimes, from device to device. Consequently, the job of governing and enforcing access rules and policies has become infinitely more involved, putting heavy demands on whatever IAM an organization has in place.
Obviously, publicly available single sign-on solutions (e.g. using Google or Facebook logons) are insufficient and completely avoid internal systems. Moreover, many of the existing commercial IAM’s fall short on mobile device access. At MobilityPro, we rely on Ping Identity, a mobile friendly IAM, offering a holistic identity solution for customers, partners, and employees as related to their interaction with a specific enterprise.