Centralized identities management – Opportunities & Challenges

Since their start-up days, the IT divisions of several small or medium-sized businesses have maintained multiple identification methods for their diverse products due to custom business requirements. Those choices may be a variation of the following:

  • Forms-based authentication
  • AD Authentication
  • Custom approach for Centralized Identification

This article will concentrate on why centralized identity management is important for your company by ensuring that the consequences, obstacles and missed opportunities have been realized.

Violating Data Protection Regulations around the world

It is really important to be aware of data privacy laws around the world, particularly the ones where your company resides and offers services. These regulations mandate the sensitive information of users to be shielded from unintentional leaks and exchanged with them as requested by the customer (in most cases). Organizations can also store only the necessary and appropriate user information.

Generally, to comply with these laws, an organization must have a dedicated security officer. It becomes very difficult to inspect and enforce the regulatory enforcement of the protection officer if several apps have their own means of defining and approving the customer. It is not only hard for the security officer to devote precious time and resources to ensure that it does not break any laws, but more painful for an organization.

Out-of-date and non-standard Identity solutions

Group principles such as SAML, WD-FS, became popular during the early 2000s and were meant to be used within your organization’s work environment.

Around 2000 and 2010, several start-up businesses used their energy to rapidly get their goods to the market. In the meantime, they refused to pay any attention to their program users’ expectations and best practices for authentication and authorization.

As a result, several different specialized and non-standard solutions for authentication and authorization were created, which gradually became obsolete by 2010.

Multiple open standards of authentication and authorization have evolved in recent years.

Since it adds to the list of current technological debts, it is important to get rid of obsolete solutions. Also, because you invest too much time into incorporating third party vendor solutions, you don’t want to slip behind your rivals.

Inconsistent sign-in experience for users

You are not doing justice to your valuable clients by maintaining numerous identity strategies for different applications in your enterprise. From the view of consumers, they have been forced to hold several passwords in order to access the items. This delivers weak and erratic user engagement.

Denying the sales staff, a unified perspective on the handling of user accounts

In addition to supplying consumers with conflicting results, it also becomes an overhead for the sales staff in servicing users, customers, etc. repetitive accounts. This forces the sales staff to physically consolidate customer accounts through multiple products, making it difficult to:

-To successfully control the apps’ life cycle through multiple applications.

-To boost the efficiency of the on-boarding of new services for the current customers.

-To find ways to cross-sell.

Delays your progress towards sharing services securely within organizations

In order to supply its clients with creative and value-added offerings, every company would look to exchange services within itself to produce new goods, but in a safe way. When it must only be consumed by the trusted parties and can be withheld to someone else, service authorization becomes crucial.

The configuration, incorporation and testing of systems with multiple authorization techniques involves special efforts.