What is the User and Credentials Management System?
How many times have we forgotten User and Password of our Amazon account and we started the very expensive credentials recovery operation with no small disappointment thinking: "but why is everything always so complex?
This long and cumbersome operation serves us to recover the data we need to make our online purchase, but it is mainly used by the platform in question - in this case Amazon - to protect access to our account by bots or possible malicious persons.
The set of operations and applications that regulate the management of users and credentials is called Identity and Access Management (IAM). A concept with which it will have to become increasingly familiar, given the increasing use that technological innovation and increasing digitization will require.
Identity and Access Management and Cyber Security
When it comes to Identity and Access Management, one cannot avoid a full-bodied reference to the delicate subject of Cyber Security. It is no mystery that companies and governments are increasingly sensitive to the subject and that their most sensitive data and information are destined sooner or later - but we would certainly say sooner or later - to move from the very heavy and very expensive Hardware infrastructures to the Cloud.
However, these Cloud platforms must be able to access a plurality of accounts and identities, both human and non-human, and it is therefore crucial to have an Identity and Access Management system that does not hinder access to information to the people who have to work with them, but which, on the contrary, prevents with absolute certainty that some malicious person can take possession of even very important data.
Protect your sensitive data from unauthorized access
But there is, if possible, a further complication: think of the case of a classic farm. The CEO with his account must have access to all relevant information about his company and his employees: he must be able to view invoices, existing contracts with suppliers, staff contract situations and so on. Employees do not. Depending on their functions, they will only be able to access some of the information in the Cloud, specifically those related to their role. Just think if all employees could see their colleagues' pay slips: it would be a disaster.
Setting up an effective and functional User and Credentials Management system also means this: open and close the view of some data depending on access permissions.
What are the risks of an ineffective User and Credential Management system?
The risks associated with the use of a poorly performing Identity and Access Management structure are very high. We can group them into 3 sets:
According to the 2019 report of Data Breach Investigations, 34% of data breaches were carried out by in-house personnel, and in 15% of cases the breach concerned the unauthorised use of confidential information. the insurance, financial, manufacturing, trade and public administration sectors were particularly affected.
In the case of a classic company active in the manufacturing sector there will be suppliers of raw materials and banks that will lend money to the company to buy them. Imagine what would happen if an employee could have access to accounts payable and accounts payable at the same time. He or she could create fictitious invoices and pay them with the company's money without any of the top management being able to authorize or supervise the operation.
In this case, it is not so much the company's sensitive data that is in danger, but the personally identifiable information. The Human Resources department may need access to an employee's medical history, but this does not mean that his or her health - current and past - needs to be accessible at other levels, including management. Privacy is also a hotly debated issue these days, so making sure you have an infrastructure that can protect it seriously becomes more crucial than ever.
Identity and Access Management... as a Friend!
At Goodcode, we have helped many companies to create a reliable, accurate User and Credential Management system that does not allow access to sensitive data by malicious persons or unauthorized persons.
Specifically, the services we integrate within our IAM platforms are:
User Database (User Pools)
Standard Authentication or MFA
Single Sign On Authentication
Amazon AWS Cognito Integration
User behavior monitoring
Amazon AWS Cognito Users and Credentials Management
User and Credentials Management
A friend also knows how to protect you, and we'd be happy to protect your company's sensitive data and provide you with world-class cyber security. For more information write to us here.