Identity as a Service (IDaaS)

What is Identity as a Service (IDaaS)?

Featuring a host of identity-related services, Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) is a generic term for a cloud-based Identity and Access Management (IAM) or Identity, Governance, and Administration (IGA) solution. Compared to traditional, “legacy”, on-premises identity solutions, IDaaS solutions are more cost-effective, easier to manage, and offer the latest features in identity management innovation.

Gartner defines IDaaS as “a predominantly cloud-based service in a single-tenant delivery model that brokers core identity governance and administration (IGA), access and intelligence functions to target systems on a customer’s premises and in the cloud.”

These solutions vary in terms of the breadth of features they offer. Some provide a limited feature set focused strictly on authentication, while more robust enterprise solutions have a richer feature set.

Typical IDaaS services include single sign-on (SSO), multi-factor authentication (MFA), directory services, user provisioning, and user lifecycle management. Enterprise IDaaS supports more complex IT workflows and sometimes offers a mix of on-premises, IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS applications. Enterprises sometimes leverage IDaaS solutions to serve as an extension of their existing IAM infrastructure.

How does Identity as a Service (IDaaS) differ from on-prem solutions?

Managing internal software solutions has become increasingly untenable given today’s ecosystem of cloud-based solutions. Traditional on-premises IAM and IGA solutions demand a lot from internal IT departments. From finding staff with the right expertise to managing extensive coding and maintenance, the traditional on-prem model struggles to support the security needs of a modern enterprise.

From a user perspective, the differences between on-prem and IDaaS solutions boil down to aesthetics and user experience. IDaaS solutions benefit from significant investments in product design and tend to provide a more sleek, easy-to-use interface. Compared to their on-prem predecessors, IDaaS providers are focused solely on identity solutions as their core competency, offering a more streamlined platform experience. The use cases and workflows supported by on-prem solutions are also available in IDaaS solutions, so the transition is relatively seamless.

Another primary difference between IDaaS and on-prem is that IDaaS is hosted by a cloud-based 3rd-party provider, enabling user access from anywhere via different devices. A combination of single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, and directory solutions power the IDaaS experience.

Saviynt & Identity as a Service (IDaaS)

Saviynt simplifies IGA by increasing organizational agility through automation and intuitive workflows. We do this by offering an identity and access governance platform that unifies identity governance capabilities into a single cloud-based solution. The solution provides visibility, IT efficiencies, and improved internal controls, reducing the risk of compromised credentials and audit failures.

Saviynt IGA Capabilities Summary

Powered by a comprehensive identity warehouse and frictionless user experience, Saviynt Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) enables Zero Trust in your hybrid and multi-cloud environment with the following features:

Industry-leading cloud architecture

Governance for all human and machine identities – including third parties

Modern web interface, mobile app, browser plug-in, and ServiceNow app

Rapid application & identity onboarding with pre-built templates and discovery of unmanaged assets & applications

AI & ML-powered identity analytics identify risk and duplicate identities, and close access gaps

Actionable insights for identity management, compliance, and security via the Control Center

How does Saviynt’s IGA solution affect your bottom line?

Forrester’s Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study examines the return on investment (ROI) organizations realize with the Saviynt Enterprise Identity Cloud. In this commissioned study, Forrester estimates that implementing Saviynt can save your organization $34.4M and achieve a 240% ROI over three years.

Saviynt’s Control Exchange

Saviynt’s IGA platform offers a Control Exchange with over 200 out-of-the-box regulatory, industry standard, and service provider controls. We offer connectors with the most-used cloud services providers and applications. User-friendly onboarding enables you to create an authoritative, standardized source of identity with fine-grained entitlements across the entire IT ecosystem.

With Saviynt’s Control Exchange, you can also track access and usage, create key performance indicators, and streamline compliance documentation.

Visibility into Who, What, Why, and How

Saviynt enables organizations to merge divergent identity, role, and group definitions across their on-premise, hybrid, and cloud infrastructures to create a single, authoritative identity source. The platform natively integrates with business-critical IaaS and SaaS products. Organizations can limit access beyond the coarse-grained application level and drill down to the “edit/read” level using fine-grained access entitlements.

Saviynt’s analytics streamline the request/review/certify process by aligning with policy controls. The platform alerts users to anomalous requests/access which an administrator must approve. Our peer- and usage-based analytics enable organizations to maintain “least privilege” controls and prevent SOD violations.

Questions people often ask about Identity as a Service (IDaaS)

What are some of the benefits of IDaaS solutions?

Organizations that move to IDaaS often see reduced costs, a more seamless end-user experience, increased scalability, and reduced enterprise risk. IDaaS solutions also support on-premises workflows and use cases, so the transition to the cloud is relatively pain-free.

How does IDaaS help us maintain regulatory compliance?

IDaaS helps replace manual processes with automated ones for things like workflow and access certification reviews. They can also help speed report development and delivery, allowing security teams to focus on their primary roles.

How good are IDaaS solutions at managing all identities?

IDaaS solutions eliminate many blind spots that on-premises solutions struggle to manage with SaaS-based identities. Because of how they are built, IDaaS solutions can more easily see and manage all human and machine identities within on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments.

What are some of the main reasons organizations switch to IDaaS solutions?

IDaaS solutions help organizations maintain compliance with a myriad of new regulations by simplifying overall identity management. Additionally, the cost and difficulty of maintaining and updating an on-premises or legacy system continues to increase, often requiring complex coding that can take a significant amount of time to deploy.

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