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Thursday, 11 August 2022 10:11

8 Reasons why CIEM is necessary for Cloud Identity Management

By Guest Writer

GUEST OPINION: An increasing number of businesses are moving to the cloud each day. This presents a new set of challenges for companies concerning identity management. To effectively manage user identities in a cloud-based environment, you need a tool like Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM). 

A CIEM tool helps manage user identities, entitlements, and access to resources in a cloud-based environment. It does this by providing a centralized repository for all of your user identity data. This data can then be used to create and manage user accounts and to provision and de-provision access to resources. It becomes an essential part of mitigating risks across different cloud infrastructure resources.

Here are several reasons why CIEM is a valuable tool for cloud identity management. 

1. Improved Security 

One of the most significant benefits of implementing cloud infrastructure entitlement management is the improved security it can provide. A centralized repository for all user identity data allows you to monitor and control access to resources more easily. This helps reduce the risk of unauthorized or unchecked access and data leaks. 

It’s important to note that cloud technology is under greater scrutiny than ever. In the past year alone, several high-profile data breaches have exposed the weaknesses of traditional security models. Given this, it’s becoming increasingly critical for businesses to adopt a more proactive approach to security, and CIEM can help you do just that. 

2. Efficient User Management 

Another reason to implement CIEM is for the sake of efficiency. Managing user identities can be a time-consuming and challenging task, especially as your business grows. With a CIEM tool in place, you can automate many tasks associated with identity management, such as provisioning and de-provisioning access to resources. This can free up your time to focus on more crucial tasks. 

Moreover, as users in your cloud infrastructure continue to grow, management becomes more complex. However, CIEMs enable you to track and discover access risks in the form of orphaned accounts, excessive permissions, and inactive users. By doing so, you can prevent data breaches before they happen. 

3. Greater Visibility And Control 

As your business grows, so does the need for visibility and control over your cloud infrastructure. CIEM tools give you greater visibility into your user identity data. This data can be used to generate reports that provide insights into who has access to what resources and when they accessed them. This information can be invaluable in troubleshooting issues or investigating potential security breaches. 

Additionally, having more visibility and control in your CIEM tools allows you to manage costs more effectively. Therefore, you can optimize your infrastructure to meet your needs by understanding which users are accessing which resources and when. This can help reduce waste and ensure you’re only paying for the resources you need. 

4. Improved Compliance 

CIEM tools are a great way to help improve compliance. As businesses must adhere to regulations such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the need for compliance-related features in CIEM tools becomes more apparent. 

CIEM solutions can help you conform to prescribed standards and requirements by incorporating features like data encryption, user activity auditing, and access control. Using these features, you can help ensure that your business complies with the relevant regulations. 

Additionally, customers and investors tend to favour businesses compliant with data privacy protection regulations as they’re perceived to be more trustworthy. 

5. Simplified Integration 

One of the benefits of CIEM tools is that they can help to simplify integration. As your business grows, you may find that you need to integrate with a variety of different applications and services. For example, when scaling, you need virtual machines, storage, and other applications that can work well with the CIEM solution. 

This can be a difficult and time-consuming task. However, many CIEM tools come with pre-built integrations that can simplify this process. Some CIEM solutions also offer an application programming interface (API) that allows you to build your custom integrations. These features give you clarity when scaling as you can identify which applications to use.

6. Faster Deployment 

Another reason why CIEM tools are beneficial is that they can help speed up deployment. When setting up a new cloud infrastructure, many tasks need to be completed, such as provisioning resources, configuring networking, and setting up security. This is a tedious and painstaking process.

However, with CIEM solutions, much of this work can be automated. This can help speed up the deployment process and get your infrastructure up and running more quickly. It can also assist in reducing the likelihood of errors during the deployment process. 

7. Greater Efficiency 

Furthermore, CIEM tools can help improve the efficiency of your cloud infrastructure. By automating tasks, such as provisioning resources and configuring networking, you can free up time that can be spent on more critical tasks. Additionally, CIEM solutions can help improve your infrastructure’s performance by optimizing how resources are used. 

When user access is controlled and risks mitigated, the performance of cloud infrastructure and the users is optimized. For example, new users won’t need to constantly ask for permission whenever they want to access a specific resource.

8. Reduce Multi-Cloud Complexity

If your business uses multiple cloud providers, you may find that managing identity data across different platforms can be complex. For example, data and information flow across various platforms must be managed consistently and securely. This is difficult to do without a CIEM tool. 

CIEM solutions can help reduce the complexity of managing identity data across multiple cloud providers by providing a single platform that consolidates all your identity data. Additionally, CIEM tools often come with user provisioning and de-provisioning features, which can automate the process of managing identity data across several cloud providers. They also come with built-in support for popular cloud providers. This can further simplify the process of managing identity data in various cloud platforms.

Conclusion 

There are many benefits of using CIEM tools for cloud identity management. As discussed, CIEM tools can help improve your infrastructure’s security, simplify integration, speed up deployment, and improve the efficiency of your infrastructure. Furthermore, these tools prove valuable in reducing the complexity of managing identity data across multiple cloud providers.

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