Chapter 5: Identity as a Service (IDaaS)

TODAY, WITHIN MOST COMPANIES, users must log in to a variety of different systems in order to perform various tasks. Some of the systems may be cloud based, some may be based on local servers, and some may be accessible through different devices. The challenge of having multiple servers to access is that users must remember and manage multiple username and password combinations. Further, if an employee leaves the company, the IT staff must coordinate with the human resources department to ensure that each of the userís accounts has been disabled. User identity management (ID management) is difficult, time consuming, and expensive. Over the past few years, companies have begun to emerge to provide identity (or identification) as a service (IDaaS), or cloud-based ID management.

Learning Objectives

This chapter examines examines cloud-based ID management in detail. By the time you finish this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

    
  • Describe challenges related to ID management.
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  • Describe and discuss single sign-on (SSO) capabilities.
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  • List the advantages of IDaaS solutions.
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  • Discuss IDaaS solutions offered by various companies.
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