Today, many vendors offer access management solutions that go beyond access management basics providing analytics, dashboards, and forensic tools. Many of the products offered today cover multiple aspects of access control, making it difficult to select the right security solution. So how do you select an access management solution that is right for you? A robust access management solution should not only provide basic access management functionality but also provide:
- Security from disk to web: The access management solution you choose should be an all-in-one solution that covers multiple aspects of security management. It should be able to provide solution for securing applications, data, digital assets, web services, and cloud-based services.
- Flexible, Scalable, Simplified Deployment: The best access management solution is optimized for scalability, performance, and ease of development. It can plug into an application security framework, so different security mechanisms can be applied throughout the lifecycle of an application. It is also scalable to expose business applications and data securely to a wide variety of users including remote employees, customers and partners – all across a heterogeneous environment.
- Third party integrations: A good access management solution provides out-of-the-box integration across, various components to simplify and streamline deployments.
- Monitoring and Diagnostics: The access management solution you choose should ideally provide robust monitoring for large-scale deployments that allow system and network administrators to proactively manage important enterprise assets.
- Integrated user experience: An effective access management solution ideally provides a common user experience across the entire range of products thereby increasing user productivity and cost-effectiveness.
Although there are many practical reasons to consider security solutions, it is helpful to understand how they can positively impact the business. The key business drivers for adopting Access Management solutions in today’s enterprise are:
- Security Simplified: Security should be easy to manage, ensuring timely and effective deployments and creating a uniform user experience. By establishing a simplified approach to security, the business can be assured of tighter control, reduced operations costs and a more consistent solution.
- End-to-End Security: Enterprises today are looking to adopt solutions that can provide end-to-end protection. A complete solution will protect sensitive data at every tier – from the DB, to end user facing applications and even external documents that leave the firewall.
- Performance for Cloud and Extranet: Organizations are increasingly looking for their partner network and the cloud to provide competitive advantage or to serve their customers with new innovative services. Access Management security must be able to perform at Cloud or Extranet scale to serve the modern enterprise.
- Active Compliance: Security solutions today must do more than protect data – they must also assist in attesting to various regulatory and compliance needs. A comprehensive Access Management solution will provide detailed audit and reporting data to not only ensure compliance – but also help to exceed compliance standards in many cases. Complete Access Management solutions must provide not only visibility in what systems a user has been granted access but must be able to provide data on who and how often a user has accessed a system.
- Risk Mitigation: With so many types of threats facing the enterprise, a complete Access Management solution must do more than simply log risky or anomalous events. It must also proactively reduce risk. By comparing historical data against current activity, and by automatically learning which user behaviors are normal and which are not, organizations get e piece of mind and assurance that threats to their intellectual property, their business operations, and their user identity data are responded to in real time.
- Collaborate and Protect Data at its Source: Organizations want to stimulate collaboration within the organization but they want more control on how that data is shared internally and externally.
Organizations today are focused on solving a few key problems in their environments that involve access and authentication.
- Authentication and Authorization: The traditional challenge of authentication and authorization, whether for a few thousand or for millions of users, still exists and is a core problem for organizations. Authentication for core business applications has extended to applications that require network or services in the cloud. Organizations need to leverage their identity data to create new products and services, federate with partners, meet aggressive timelines, and facilitate mergers and acquisitions. These organizations need proven performance, and cost effective ways to access data without changes to application code or upsetting political owners of that data. Additionally, authentication alone is not enough to prevent fraud and misuse. An advanced capability to actively monitor user behavior and take preventative actions is required for a complete security solution.
- Identity in the cloud: With organizations under direct pressure to reduce operational costs and expand revenue, federation has begun take a central role in defining organizations identity architecture. Organizations need solutions that can meet the performance and scalability requirements of Internet authentication, aggregate identity attributes from multiple applications and synchronize data between on premise directory services and cloud-based identity services all in one solution.
- Identity Security: Organizations are faced with a continually challenging security environment where threats need to be managed internally and externally. They need an authentication solution that can store the appropriate authentication attributes and policies needed to make the relevant access decisions. Organizations struggle with creating password policies for applications based on their risk profile and business needs. They need open solutions that allow them to respond to dynamic security threats quickly and in a cost effective manner.
- Data Center Consolidation: Operational budget’s can consume up to 60% of an IT budget. Organizations are looking for tools and projects to reduce the cost of their data center. This includes consolidation of technology and licenses as well as doing more with less. Performance and serviceability are also key business drivers in their purchase of new solutions.
- Collaboration: Employees and partners require collaboration to stay insynch and continue to innovate. The employee and partner networks are distributed globally and work from remote locations. The portals, email, calendaring, IM, and other collaboration tools need to rely upon one authentication source to ensure they can login and have access to the right tools.
Oracle Access Management Suite Plus Overview
Oracle Access Management Suite Plus is the industry’s most complete end-to-end security solution, providing best-in-class components that protect applications, data, documents, and cloud-based services through an innovative combination of flexible authentication and single sign-on, identity federation, risk-based authentication, proactive enterprise fraud prevention, information rights management, and fine grained authorization. It also provides the industry’s most comprehensive solution for securing applications, data, digital assets, web services or SOA, and cloud-based services. It helps companies strengthen information, application, and data security, prevent fraud, satisfy audits, and improve user experience.
Oracle Access Management Suite Plus includes:
- Oracle Access Manager, which delivers critical functionality for access control, single sign-on, and user profile management centralized session management, and agent management in anther heterogeneous application environment.
- Oracle Adaptive Access Manager, which provides real-time and batch risk analytics, behavioral analysis, risk-based authentication mechanisms and authentication strengthening capabilities.
- Oracle Entitlements Server, which provides risk-aware fine-grained application and data authorization.
- Oracle Identity Federation, which provides cost effective, standards-based federated single sign-on, federated identity management capabilities, and the industry’s simplest integration and deployment options. It also enables secure identity information exchange between partners. It significantly reduces need to manage unnecessary third-party identities and lowers the cost of integrations through support of industry federation standards.
- Oracle OpenSSO Fedlet, which allows organizations to quickly and easily set up standards-based federations with service provider partners, create a standard integration pattern for additional partners, and achieve secure sign-on across partners in a matter of hours.
- Oracle Information Rights Management, which protects data at the source within email, documents, and control whether people can send, print, copy or share within or outside the enterprise.
- Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On, which enables users login to enterprise applications using a single password or with stronger credentials including PKI, Smartcards, and Biometrics to access any protected application on the desktop, network or Internet.
- Oracle Web Services Manager, which extends identity driven security to your web services and service oriented architecture.
- Oracle Security Token Service, which enhances access management and Identity security with standards-based identity propagation and security token issuance and management.