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The digital identity or profile of an employee or other user has become the starting point for building effective cyber security processes. Too often these digital identities are poorly managed or exist in many different forms. The inability to effectively manage digital identities not only raises costs, but it leaves the organization on the wrong side of many compliance directives and security policies.
In addition, for many organizations the cost and complexity of running on-premise identity management systems is more than they’d like to take on. This is most common in small to mid-size firms that have IT staffs that are substantially over-extended, based on the increased need for IT solutions and the relatively small staff size. The result is that many of these organizations are looking to the cloud for the management and daily administration of an identity management solution.
As organizations look to the cloud, they often focus on Microsoft Active Directory (AD), which is one of the most popular ID management solutions on the market. For small and mid-size organizations, AD is well suited to providing the security and user management they need. The linkage with tools like Office 365 and other key parts of the software “stack” that is already in use make this a natural choice.
When evaluating cloud-based options for AD, Azure’s Active Directory Premium service is an excellent choice. There are numerous benefits for both end users and the IT staff.
Read the full article here: https://blogs.business.microsoft.com/en-us/2017/01/11/modern-workforce-creating-cyber-security-nightmare/