Mobilising mobility – securely, with identity-driven security

Ross MacKenzie
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A decade ago ‘work anywhere, from anywhere, on any device’ was not even the buzz-phrase it is today – but a mere golden dream.

Today, however, mobile working is a reality – and not only happening across department and throughout the business and service world, but having a major effect on the approach to identity management.

Employees have access to on-premise and cloud services – via corporate supplied device and BYOD, utilising company services as well as ‘shadow’ IT systems. While business is aware of the improved productivity arising from the ability the freedom to access such a breadth of product, no business is – or should be – unaware of the identity and security issues that can also be created.

IT and business must keep up with the times. As well as coping with meeting the demands of this mobile workforce and hybrid services structure, business has to ensure that compliance and regulatory standards are adhered to, company security policies and needs met, and threats detected.

In today’s world organisations need an integrated mobility solution, delivering security across a number of layers. With identity-driven security, each individual user is assigned a defined set of authorisation criteria, and which is used to help identify potential problems – such as threats and data breaches. A greater level of control can also be exercised even down to individual file level, with access, for example, restricted to the type of processing activity allowed (read/write are often used differentiation checks), or dependent on role or job title. Authorisation protocols can be encrypted within any type of document, and are retained throughout its history.

Organisations across the board and regardless of size are increasingly adopting identity-based security solutions, with single identity centrally administered at their foundation. Capabilities enabled include secure single sign-on to authorized applications, simplified identity management via self-service password reset, and helping to ensure compliance with corporate document access policy.

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