Cloud Applications, A Challenge for User & Access Control

For an IT department, working with cloud applications and their providers can present a number of new challenges. Where the IT department previously took a facilitating role that is now transitioning to a coordinating role. In addition, it can be significantly more difficult to control user and access privileges in cloud applications.

For an IT department, working with cloud applications and their providers can present a number of new challenges. Where the IT department previously took a facilitating role that is now transitioning to a coordinating role. In addition, it can be significantly more difficult to control user and access privileges in cloud applications. The control over user accounts and roles — who has access to which cloud applications and data — is more complex than with applications that reside within the network. Below are some of the causes:

1. Large amount of information

The flow of information within the business environment is exponentially larger, and with greater frequency, than a few years ago. Organizations have to deal with a large number of users (employees, partners and even clients in some situations) and also many changes; for example, an employee leaves the organization. Previously, it was possible to perform necessary account management process during a pre-established and given time, like monthly or quarterly. Today, this is no longer feasible and the data must be refreshed weekly or even daily. Also a factor, custom scripts often do not work with cloud applications.

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