In a world where cyber criminals are watching over corporate networks, waiting for opportunity to pounce and steal the corporate data, cyber security is always a cause of concern. If they have moles in corporate organizations, there is always dilemma over the issue that which employee is entitled to access to a particular application.
Hence, to solve these issues, Access Security Broker comes into play.
Access Security Broker
Access Security Broker is a security layer. It leverages Identity as a Service (IDaaS) to provide inside-app visibility, governance, data protection and a host of other essential security features.
Its key components include Single Sign On (SSO), Two-factor authentication, Access Management functionality and contextual access policies syncing.
In the corporate culture where multi-tasking is encouraged, a user may need different applications for different tasks. Remembering all usernames and passwords can be difficult and manually signing into every application is time consuming. SSO feature allows every user to sign into one account and automatically signs him/her into all applications synchronized with that account.
Today SSO is more required as almost every website offers (and sometimes requires), users to register with it and create an ID.
How SSO Works?
SSO has a central server, that all the applications to be used by user are synced to. When user logs in for the first time, a cookie gets created on the central server. After that, whenever user tries to access a second application, he gets redirected to the central server. If user already has a cookie there, he will get redirected directly to the app with a token, without login prompts, because he is already logged in.
Single Sign On (SSO) can be enabled for corporate applications like Salesforce, Dropbox, Slack, and much more.
Other important components of Access Broker
Identity Management (IDM) is defined as the management of individual principals (user account), their authentication, authorization, and privileges within or across a computer system and enterprise boundaries with the goal of increasing security and productivity while decreasing cost, downtime and repetitive tasks.
Identity Management has a subcategory called Privileged Identity Management is whose focus is dedicated to privileged accounts, important accounts used by the team of IT administrators, select business users and even applications that are crucial to the business operations of the organization.
Access Management functionality is a document that lists all rules and regulations of an organization regarding access to the applications. Access Management is about planning that which applications can be accessed by managers and which applications are open to all users.
With all these components including SSO and Identity Management, Access Security Broker guarantees the safety for every user account and every password.