Given the increasing number of cyber-attacks, greater adoption of Cloud Services, and swelling mobile workforce, it’s little wonder that IAM has been gaining recognition as a key technology platform at the forefront of the digital world.
At the same time, IAM is almost never one-size-fits-all, and so choosing the right solution provider is important. Your IAM needs to work at scale, efficiently, and seamlessly. It also needs to be cyber-attack-proof as well as future-proof.
There are several IAM providers in the market, with more continuing to enter the fray. And why not, considering the global identity and access management (IAM) market size is projected to reach USD 24.76 billion by 2026.
So, how do you know which identity and access management solution is right for your organization? Here are some important factors to consider…
What you need is a proven solution, one that can scale and perform. At the same time, if you are not a large enterprise yourself, the large enterprise IAM platforms on the market may prove to be financially unviable.
There are IAM platforms that offer most of the same functionalities at SME-friendly costs. To evaluate these solutions, get information on the following factors to see if you are on the right track:
- Customer references or testimonials
- Age of the business. How long has your vendor been around?
- Any data they may have on product testing, performance tests, security tests, and so on
- Policy controls regarding data access governance, adaptive authentication, and so on
- Number of similar projects done as well as case studies. You need to align with an IAM vendor that shares your direction
Identifying an established and well-regarded smaller service provider can be a great way to build the capabilities you need without breaking the bank.
Deploying an IAM solution is rarely a simple plug and play process. Today, most organizations – whether large enterprises or SMEs – use a range of applications, both cloud-based and on-premise. Integration and deployment support therefore need to be key factors in your selection process. While you yourself may not be fully technically aware, here are some questions you need to ask:
- Does the IAM’s SSO support all of your current and planned apps? Does it come with pre-built connectors for SaaS applications? Also ask about integration kits, token translation capabilities, and support for a range of industry standards.
- How does your vendor plan to monitor, track, delegate, revoke, suspend or integrate access across applications?
- Does your vendor have on-prem deployment options while offering flexibility to sync data from heterogeneous data?
- What approach does your vendor use to handle the migration from a legacy system?
- What multi-factor authentication options are supported and can they be accessed via APIs, SDKs, or both? Ask about the types of MFA supported — use of mobile devices, push notifications, SMS, and so on. The MFA options need to balance security and user experience.
- What range of authorization and access policy controls does it provide?
And finally, are you and the vendor the right fit?
You must align with an IAM vendor that shares your direction. Particularly as a small or mid-sized business partnering with a small or niche vendor, you need to both share the same roadmap so that the journey together is smooth.
Also, before you select a vendor, ask yourself how much technical help you require – do you possess enough internal technical capabilities to deploy an IAM solution on your own? What about post-deployment tech support?
Here are more questions to have answered so you are the right fit.
- How customizable is the solution? Can it meet your tech needs today and tomorrow?
- Is the authentication policy adaptable? It needs to be because a one-size-fits-all authentication can hinder user productivity, experience, and so on. A customized solution is what you are looking for.
- Are the authentication policies adaptive and scalable? (Do read our previous article on Alternatives to Okta for more)
- What plans does your vendor have for large-scale deployments and product performance? How are they adapting to emerging standards considering the industry is evolving rapidly?
- Most importantly, does the IAM vendor’s long-term strategy align with your objectives?
Akku specializes in creating solutions tailor-made for the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. Call us today if you want IAM solutions that best fit your enterprise needs.
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