Global technology distributor Tech Data has launched an identity and access management (IAM) as a service (IAMaaS) offering, enabling IT providers to offer a managed service to their customers without having to invest upfront or waiting until they have developed their own capabilities.
The TD SYNNEX company says the growing threat from cybercriminals and the shift to hybrid working practices has made the management of identities and network access a much greater challenge for organisations. They now have to manage much more distributed and virtual groups of users, making sure that users have access to the applications and services they need, while also safeguarding systems and data from infiltration.
Many enterprises and mid-sized organisations are also adopting a zero-trust approach to deal with the increased risk and complexity of managing a more distributed workforce
“Identity and access management is right on the front line of enterprise digital defences and should be a critical element of every organisation’s security posture,” said Alison Nixon, director, security, Advanced Solutions, UK and Ireland, Tech Data.
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“But many customers don’t have a policy or a solution in place – and many partners do not have the in-house skills and capabilities to manage IAM for their customers and deliver the right outcomes. Our service breaks that impasse, providing our partners with a managed IAM service that they and their customers can trust.”
Tech Data says its IAMaaS service offering is designed to be easy to sell, deploy and manage.
Working with IAM industry partners, it offers protection in three areas – access management, identity governance and administration, and privileged access management. Based on Active Directory and Azure Active Directory, it provides a set of practice frameworks and technologies to establish secure access and to ensure privileged access and administrator activities are always secure, audited, and fully under control.
Security services portfolio
IAMaaS is the latest addition to Tech Data’s RECON Security Suite services portfolio. This comprises managed and subscription-based services that partners can offer to their customers, with all aspects of technical delivery and on-going support provided by Tech Data’s security practice. All the services have been developed around the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) framework. As well as identity and access management, services available include security consulting, SOCaaS, and backup and recovery. Tech Data says it is also working on further additions to RECON for launch in 2022.