Identity as a Service (IDaaS) delivers an Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution through a cloud-based service hosted and managed by a trusted third party. A trusted third party hosts and manages the cloud-based service, combining enterprise-class IAM functionalities with the economic and operational advantages of a cloud-based approach. Businesses benefit from IDaaS solutions by reducing risk, avoiding IT infrastructure cost and complexity, and accelerating digital transformation initiatives.
Key IAM features include Single Sign-On (SSO), which enables users to access business applications and services with a single set of login credentials. SSO improves user satisfaction, streamlines access, centralizes administrative functions and enhances security by eliminating risky password practices and reducing security gaps. Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is another crucial IAM feature, protecting against credential theft. MFA requires users to present multiple forms of evidence, such as a password, fingerprint, and SMS code, enhancing security through adaptive authentication methods based on contextual information.
What is the difference between IAM and IDaaS?
IAM, CIAM, and IDaaS are distinct concepts. CIAM, a subset of IAM, specifically focuses on managing customer identities requiring access to websites, web portals, and mobile apps. On the other hand, IDaaS is an authentication infrastructure built, hosted, and managed by a third-party service provider.