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Cloud Security Perspectives and Insights

Critical Considerations For Managing Hybrid Identities in the Cloud

Taylor Lewis
Product Marketing Manager

Today's world is all about the go go go. People simply do not have time to wait and as a result, organizations are tasked with producing products, applications, and services at a rapid rate. Being first to the market is no longer just a goal, it can make or break an organization. Imagine for a moment that a consumer opens up their smartphone to complete a transaction. Within a matter of minutes, they may have accessed several apps, entered highly sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and perhaps used the same login password they use for every account - including work accounts- all on a public network. Threats are everywhere and this example is just one out of thousands of ways in which personal accounts are at risk. Now translate that risk from an individual to an organization.

Cybercriminals are highly funded and motivated to snatch certified credentials from end users. These stolen credentials could end up as the starting point for an attack against an organization in an attempt to collect or manipulate critical core data.  The widespread use of weak passwords, unsecured networks, and frequent occurrence of phishing attacks make organizations prime targets for attack. Compound this with the proliferation of users, applications, and devices all enabled for a fast, digital, and mobile world - the threat seems inevitable.

Understanding Who is in Your Environment
Organizations have long relied on strong perimeter controls and although these do well to protect the on premises environment behind the firewall, what can be said about the use of mobile devices and the increasingly common Hybrid Cloud landscape? Organizations need a solution that can leave the boundaries of the traditional firewall and provide security at every layer, as discussed in our recent Core-to-Edge blog. Organizations have invested heavily in the use of traditional Identity and Access Management solutions for on premises, but the move to the cloud has created a security mandate to consolidate identity management under one framework that extends into the cloud.

In the 2018 Oracle and KPMG Cloud Threat Report, 38% of respondents reported detecting and responding to cloud security incidents as the number one cybersecurity challenge. Gaining visibility into the behavior of users and devices across an entire hybrid cloud ecosystem is crucial in determining if users have appropriate access to critical applications, if those users are abusing their access, and remediating anomalous behavior in the event privileged user credentials have been compromised.

Flexibility and Choice Make the Difference
Organizations have quickly realized the benefits of cloud adoption and have implemented several solutions at every layer of the stack. However, protecting an entire hybrid and multi-cloud environment under one solution can be challenging. After all, every vendor has unique shared responsibility requirements and the growing number of compliance regulations have pulled organizations in too many directions, leaving them exposed to attackers.

In order to keep pace with innovation and the changing IT landscape, organizations must streamline their security controls with solutions such as Oracle Identity Cloud Service and additional cutting edge technologies, that can play an integral part in enabling organizations looking to secure their hybrid cloud environment. Learn more about the ways in which Oracle offers organizations flexibility in managing identities in a hybrid cloud and securing SaaS environments for increased visibility and control.

 

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