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What is Access Management and Single Sign-on?

Staying in Control of Your Users and Devices  

The explosion of apps - and growing calls from users to work from any device, anytime and anywhere - poses fresh challenges for IT teams. Maintaining control and oversight, alongside managing information security, rank highly. The new world demands a future proofed approach.

We catch up with George Vasey of Duo Security, who explains the benefits of access management and single-sign-on. 

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 Old World, New World

chart old world - new world
A frictionless user-experience is fundamental in our new world of technology. An Adaptive Technology Model is a model designed for the new world; a world of cloud computing and an app economy.
To protect against cyber threats, reduce risks and control data, enterprises need to implement a simplified approach to data protection.

Watch Jeff Sizemore, VP of Governance and Compliance at Egnyte, as he explains  how businesses can achieve simple and secure collaboration.
Good usability and robust data protection are crucial. To prioritise one risks compromising the other. Duo Security is a respected IT Lab vendor and partner. Duo's Trusted Access and Single Sign-On (SSO) solutions embrace both requirements equally.

George Vasey, Duo’s MSP Partner Manager: “Duo believes in a ‘zero trust’ approach. The old world, where users went to the office and logged-on to an end point or device that was managed or centrally owned by IT was simpler.

“IT knew exactly who was accessing their resources and when, and that they were doing so on a secure device. Now we have people using their personal devices, we need to know they are who they claim to be and that the devices are secure with no vulnerabilities.

“In this new age of cloud computing, where a lot of software is delivered as a service and hosted in the cloud, users like the convenience of accessing apps at will, from any device. They will often choose to work remotely because it’s more productive. But it’s also convenient for cyber criminals, who will target user credentials and exploit known vulnerabilities in out of date devices to gain access to corporate assets and data."

“When we’re talking about adaptive technologies, flexibility and mobile working, our solutions tie in to IT Lab’s model superbly well. With Trusted Access, we verify the identity of the user before granting access to an application. We also want to ensure the security health of the device is strong, which we also verify before granting access.”

Duo’s capabilities achieve this seamlessly, with minimal impact on the end user experience. Verifying identity is quick, and out of date devices are flagged, encouraging the user to update within a set time. If they fail to do so, the solution blocks access altogether.

All devices are catalogued on a dashboard, allowing IT personnel to manage access to both on-premise and cloud applications. This places the control back with the IT teams, as well as giving them insights and visibility across a range of key factors.

 Duo Management Dashboard

duo management dashboard
Vasey concludes: “We’re seeing the adoption of SaaS applications across all sectors and all sizes of organisations, but they all face the same problem. A data leak is crippling for any business, so our solution is relevant to all.

"We're delighted to support the delivery of IT Lab’s Adaptive Technology Model, and look forward to assisting their customers on their journey towards it."

Click here to explore our Adaptive Technology Model Hub and discover other useful resources.

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