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Lost in the Cloud: A Useful Checklist for Identity Management and IDaaS Integration

Identity management problems arose nearly a decade ago when organizations began to increase the number of business processes automated through web applications and integrate more systems into daily operations. This situation provoked a new challenge: How should you keep access control lists up-to-date when users are given multiple usernames and passwords? Even worse, if an employee leaves the company, how do you coordinate with HR departments to have IT teams disable access to their applications?

Today, with the evolution of technologies and the increased use of cloud-based applications, organizations face the same challenges in finding an effective way to perform user identity management. Though the environment has evolved, the nature of the problem persists: Identity management is time-consuming, expensive and difficult.