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Identity Management in Cloud Security


Identity management defines the authenticity, accessibility and identifying individual user or group of users by associating rights and restrictions with the specific identity.

Identity management also includes authentication of users and regulate the access for that users. ID management determines whether a user has access to systems, but also sets the level of access and permissions a user has on a particular system.

As per Gartner, Identity and access management is providing security rules which will provide rights for individual to access resources for the right time and right reasons.

Identity Management for Cloud Features :

  • Centralize Access control interface
  • Enhanced Security
  • Resource Level Access controls.
  • Password Policy
  • Multifactor Authentication
  • Integration of Active Directory with Cloud Identity providers
  • Federated or SAML/SSO Access for Cloud Service providers
  • Token based & Time-based Access controls.

A full audit trail history of permissions authorization, removal, and delegation gets surfaced automatically for your admins. Cloud IAM lets you focus on business policies around your resources and makes compliance easy. User activities can be monitor by the Monitoring services of Cloud.

Most of the Cloud Identity and Access management are free of cost for management and account accessibility.

Access Control in cloud security, provides policies to restrict access through specific IP addresses, browsers, devices and during specified time shifts. Password rotation also can be setup & managed by IAM of Cloud.

Cloud Providers Identity Services :

Provider Cloud Identity System
Amazon Web Services AWS IAM
Microsoft Azure Azure Active Directory B2C
Google Compute Cloud Cloud Identity
IBM Cloud Cloud IAM