Big Blue this week took the wraps off IBM Cloud Identity Connect, its Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) for hybrid cloud environments.
Part of the IBM Cloud Identity, a collection of identity and access management tools, the microservices-based Cloud Identity Connect product enables secure, single-sign on (SSO) access to thousands of third-party SaaS (software-as-a-service) products and on-premises applications. And not a moment too soon, according to Jason Keenaghan, director of Strategy and Offering Management at IBM Security's IAM (Identity and Access Management) and Fraud unit.
"Organizations are increasingly turning to hybrid clouds to pursue new customers, reduce technology costs, access remote capabilities and facilitate innovation. Enterprises must now address security challenges for the hybrid environment, versus silos for cloud apps and silos for on-prem apps," Keenaghan told eSecurity Planet.
Unlike security-conscious IT personnel and power users, the typical office user isn't as discerning about the software tools they use to get the job done, potentially placing sensitive business information at risk.
"End users don’t care where their apps are coming from – they just want to access all the best tools now," Keenaghan added. "IBM Cloud Identity Connect bridges the gaps in hybrid cloud environments, giving enterprise teams flexibility and security, without the inherent risks of 'shadow IT' challenges."
IBM Cloud Identity Connect eases organization's journey to the could by offering a one-click activation process that links services to the cloud while protecting their current infrastructure investments, said the company. As an added perk, the service can be used to quickly create a catalog of approved apps for their workforces with rigorous access controls.
In the end, customers will no longer have to sacrifice on-premises security while pursuing the productivity-enhancing benefits of today's rich SaaS ecosystem.
"The biggest hurdle for organizations involved in a cloud transformation is securely scaling to meet user demands, with both on-prem and third-party apps," noted Keenaghan. "IT administrators using IBM Cloud Identity Connect get a solution to provide their users simple and secure access management, improving not only user productivity and satisfaction, but flexibility and security."
IBM Cloud Identity Connect integrates with IBM Security Access Manager and MaaS360 for mobile security, enabling customers to activate the product with a single click, according to the company. It joins existing offerings under the IBM Cloud Identity umbrella, including Cloud Identity Service and MaaS360 UEM (unified endpoint management).
IBM Cloud Identity Connect will be available on June 15. More information, including the results of a related TechValidate study sponsored by IBM, is available here.