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By Vikram Subramanian

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), and this year’s overarching message — Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.— certainly applies to our network perimeters. Enterprise security perimeters are being redefined, as perimeter-based demarcations and defenses are being dismantled by digital transformation, cloud, mobility, and IoT. These factors are creating unprecedented challenges for IT and security teams to effectively manage user identities, and ensure controlled access to ever-growing applications and devices.

As the number of users and IoT devices accessing the cloud and SaaS grows, so does the attack surface. Perimeter-less borders require identity infrastructure to enable discrete control over all users connecting from corporate offices, branch offices, and  the mobile workforce with smartphones and tablets. 

Identity governance centralizes the administration of policies and automates workflow processes for user access management and compliance with regulatory requirements. This enables companies to enforce access security and audit data for reporting purposes, based on identity.

Identity infrastructure creates a virtual wall of perimeter-less protection

A zero-trust identity platform integrates security management disciplines, creating identity-aware infrastructure for control and governance of applications, users, and devices.

Simeio Identity Orchestrator (IO) is a comprehensive service platform with significant advantages over diverse identity and access management (IAM) tools that need to be integrated, managed, and supported by in-house teams. Simeio frees IT and security teams from the risks and challenges of integrating IAM tools with diverse applications and managing the lifecycle of complex heterogeneous environments. We maximize a comprehensive array of aggregated IAM solutions and cohesively integrate everything within a single, unified interface. Simeio IO supports hybrid environments to protect apps on-premise and in the cloud, while controlling access for internal and external users, IoT devices, and supply chain partners.

Simeio transforms legacy IAM systems from a complicated, build-your-own model into a simplified identity-as-a-service. As a single pane of glass, we handle all the API integrations, provisioning, authorization, and identity management. Then, we continuously monitor, maintain, and support every element. 

Optimizing business efficiencies:

Enterprise – managing thousands of users and devices is cumbersome and complex. Identity Orchestrator automates and simplifies complex infrastructure, bringing greater efficiencies and lower CAPEX and OPEX costs.

Business to consumer (B2C) – as the number of identities consuming services grows, managing users and protecting information becomes more complicated and unwieldy. Protecting consumer information becomes critical for meeting regulatory compliance, like GDPR, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, and PCI. 

Business to business (B2B) – Identity Orchestrator enables a faster and more secure user experience, while securing enterprise data. IO mitigates operational pressures from expensive help desk calls that can add up to tens of thousands of dollars each year. It also simplifies the user experience with a single registration and login for multiple applications. 

IoT – From medical devices, wearables, and connected cars, to myriad industrial applications and smart-home uses, when it comes to cybersecurity, anything connected is vulnerable to an attack. The risks for connected devices are diverse, such as intercepting and manipulating sensitive data, and embedding malware causing a device to malfunction. 

Controlling the Expanding Enterprise Perimeter

Enterprise IT infrastructure has expanded the network perimeter from a centrally controlled private and locally managed environment; to external network connections, multi-clouds, distributed and mobile users and IoT devices that may be anywhere. This new open perimeter requires zero-trust, and security built into every part of the connectivity lifecycle.

Supporting the extended network perimeter requires new methods of security. Implementing cloud-based security with traditional IAM tools is a complex undertaking. Beyond having robust IT infrastructure, it requires knowledge and expertise in diverse technologies, security, regulatory requirements and a responsive system of governance. Knowing who accesses what, where and how, across the perimeter-less enterprise is a high stakes game that you can’t afford to lose. Protecting your data, business assets, and customer information against cyber threats should be the #1 objective for every enterprise. Simeio can work with you to implement a strategy for overcoming cybersecurity threats. Check out our services to learn how we can help you.