We are excited to announce that IBM is named a Leader in the most recent Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Access Management. IBM is known for its ability to execute and completeness of vision.
As a team, we’ve worked hard to put together a roadmap of identity and access management features that we believe solve the biggest challenges organizations face when it comes to managing identities in today’s hybrid and dispersed cloud environments. Ultimately, our vision is to provide organizations with the building blocks needed to build an “identity fabric” that integrates, augments and streamlines the myriad of disconnected and incompatible identity tools that organizations use today. .
Let’s see what this looks like in practice.
Challenges of identity management in the hybrid cloud
As cloud migration and digital transformation accelerate, organizations face enormous complexity when it comes to identity and access management (IAM). They are increasingly working in multi-cloud environments and tools, each offering its own set of identity and access management (IAM) capabilities to manage. At the same time, they still rely on existing systems and architectures, which often lack some of the standard features needed for a modern IAM strategy. Ultimately, these tools create a disconnected and complex web of identities to manage, with no easy way to integrate or streamline them. These identity silos disrupt strategic intentions to provide users with a consistent, seamless authentication experience and improve identity security.
Taking an “identity framework” approach can help organizations bridge the gap between existing identity infrastructure and modern cloud-based IAM systems. An identity fabric aims to integrate and improve existing identity solutions rather than replacing them. The goal is to create a less complex environment where consistent security authentication flows and visibility can be applied.
Providing the constituent elements of the identity fabric
Our strategy with IBM Security Audit is to help clients dramatically simplify their identity strategy – providing them with the building blocks to create a identity fabric. Specifically, we build flexible, modular identity solutions designed to help customers connect their existing IAM capabilities, bridge the gap between legacy and cloud-based solutions, and augment the capabilities that are missing in these sets. respective tools.
We build our identity tools to eliminate identity silos and improve the user experience across all applications. This includes extending modern authentication mechanisms to existing applications with no-code changes, enabling a consistent user experience across all applications, and improving security posture with real-time risk-based behavioral and biometric authentication.
Gartner® recognition for completeness of vision and ability to execute
IBM was recently mentioned in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ 2023 for Access Management, where IBM was named a leader in this area.
This year’s report focuses on access management platforms that “include an identity provider (IdP) and establish, manage and enforce runtime access controls at least to cloud, modern web applications based on standards and traditional web applications. Here are some highlights of the capabilities needed for this market:
A directory or repository of identities for staff or external users that includes identity synchronization services. Identity administrator for integrated applications that includes lifecycle and profile management capabilities with support for cross-domain identity management system SSO and session management with support for identity protocols and Standard API. to access standards-based and existing applications User authentication (including basic MFA) Permission enforcement (including support for modern authorization protocols, including OAuth 2.0)
Optional capabilities evaluated for the AM market included features such as travel time orchestration, low/no-code interfaces for customization and extensibility, passwordless authentication, and detection and response to identity threats.
Ultimately, we believe the comprehensiveness and flexibility of our current capabilities, combined, will make IBM Security Verify the ideal partner for businesses looking to simplify the foundations of their identity management strategy. This foundation has the potential to pave the way for faster and more effective identity-based threat detection and response (ITDR).
Learn how IBM Security Verify can help you build a modernized identity and access management strategy: https://www.ibm.com/verify
Receive a free copy of the full Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Access Management report for more details on why Gartner® recognized IBM as a leader.
Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Henrique Teixeira, Abhyuday Data, Nathan Harris, Robertson Pimental, November 16, 2023.
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