Identity Management

Your online identities are important. Protect them.

There are more cyberattacks today than ever before. Securing your organization against these attacks starts with ensuring that people who need access to company resources are properly identified and granted only the access they need to get the job done – keeping the bad guys out and your important company data safe.

What is Identity Management?

Identity Management (IdM), also known as identity and access management (IAM) ensures that authorized people – and only authorized people – have access to the technology resources they need to perform their job functions.

An identity management system prevents unauthorized access to systems and resources, helps prevent exfiltration of enterprise of protected data, and raises alerts or alarms when access attempts are made by unauthorized personnel or programs, whether from inside or outside the enterprise perimeter.

Nimbus IT leverages various technologies to accomplish these tasks for customers, including Azure Multi-Factor AuthenticationConditional Access, Privileged Identity Management (PIM), Entitlement Management, Microsoft Defender for Identity, and Azure Sentinel.

We can help to ensure that your employee’s identities – and your data – is kept safe.

Why do we need Identity Management?

A recent (ISC)² study found that 80% of breaches were due to identity access issues, namely weak or mismanaged credentials. If proper controls are not in place – or procedures and processes for IAM not properly followed – passwords could become compromised, phishing attacks enabled, and breaches or ransomware attacks become a reality. Fortunately, modern IAM platforms offer automation of many of the functions to help ensure controls are utilized, such as removing a user from the directory when the HR system indicated an employee has left the organization.

Since new privacy and data secrecy legislation is so frequently created, IAM can play another important role, that of helping the organization stay in compliance with the myriad of regulatory and governance mandates in effect, ensuring that only authorized users have access to data, but that the data itself is where it should be. In the end, IT security is largely about access, so a solid IAM strategy is a critical component of overall IT security and offers a first line of protection to any threat, whether from outside or inside the firewall.

What are the business benefits of Identity Management?

The ability to successfully protect assets – including digital assets – can have a direct bottom-line impact on the value of the organization. IAM accelerates the time to value for anyone who needs access to enterprise resources to perform their job, often speeding the time between onboarding a new employee until when they have access to system resources from days to minutes.

Besides providing an enhanced business value as a result of improved security, there are other tangible business benefits. Automation of IAM tasks frees up IT for bottom-line focused projects, and self-service identity management tools improve the overall productivity of employees, contractors, and other users who access corporate resources.

Implementing an overall IAM framework can provide opportunities for growth, by improving scalability of those services critical to onboarding new users, and that reduction of IT manpower translates to a better ROI for the IT organization as a whole.

Identity and access management has become the foundation for all of these business benefits and continues to protect the enterprise from threats that could lead to data theft, malicious attacks, or exposing sensitive customer, patient, or legal information.

Why Nimbus IT?

Embracing modern technologies is essential for organizations to compete in this digital age. Enterprise cloud adoption requires knowledge developed through years of practice. As a Microsoft Partner with over 15 years of enterprise IT consulting experience, we are certified experts in Azure and Microsoft 365.

We facilitate cloud migration, governance, and operations to empower organizations to realize the full potential of the Microsoft Cloud through a unique blend of SaaS solutions. We support organizations throughout their cloud journey, from strategic planning to licensing and workforce enablement.