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Cloud Identity Management – An Overview

In recent years there has been an innovation movement in identity management for a variety of reasons including cloud transformation, remote working, security, and many more. Most of that innovation in the IAM space has been around cloud identity manager – shifting the process of authentication and authorization to the cloud. 

Unfortunately, the initial take on this was effectively single sign-on to web applications or what many have called IDaaS. More recently, though, next-generation approaches have moved on from just extending Active Directory to developing full-blown IAM systems in the cloud, without the need for on-prem infrastructure or add-ons, endemic to the IAM industry.

Definition of cloud identity management

Cloud Identity Management is more than just an SSO solution for web applications. Think of this as the next generation of IAM. Complete relocation of the entire identity infrastructure to the cloud, including identity providers, SSO, MFA, PAM, IGA, and more.

This approach, known as the JumpCloud Directory Platform, is a modern adaptation of legacy, legacy, and traditional solutions such as Microsoft Active Directory (AD) and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and their add-ons for single entry, multi-factor web applications, authentication, privileged administrative access, Identity management, and management, etc.

The modern adaptation of the directory service is optimized to be used across any device, on any operating system, with any on-prem or web-based application or any cloud, on-prem, or remote resource.