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Federated Identities by TrustBuilder: A New Horizon in Access Management

In the fast-paced digital era, companies expanding their services globally must prioritize establishing a cohesive and secure framework for identity management. TrustBuilder offers a Federated Identity solution that efficiently manages access for employees and partners while enhancing cybersecurity through a combination of rigorous measures and innovative techniques.

Why Federated Identities Matter in Today’s IT Landscape

Embracing External Identity Management

Transitioning from a siloed approach to identity management is crucial for collaborative companies. In a time where identities are dynamic, delays can pose challenges. Identities are kept at the source company and accessed as needed, simplifying synchronization and speeding up resource access. Federated identities decentralize identity management, allowing control over each company’s Identity Provider database. With TrustBuilder’s identity-centric approach, companies can form alliances without risking their IT integrity of their IT landscapes.

In Which Scenarios Do You Require Federated Identities?

By leveraging Federated Identities, businesses can enhance security, streamline access management, and foster collaboration effectively. Federated Identities is particularly beneficial in the following scenarios:

  1. Reselling: Companies working with with resellers or retail partners can ensure secure access to sales platforms, support tools, licenses, etc.
  2. Associations: Legal entities working together on projects, such as defense or infrastructure initiatives, can streamline access management across companies, while keeping the management of their employees separate.
  3. Consulting Engagements: Organizations engaging consultants for various projects can securely grant access to relevant resources, without having to worry about the assignment of the consultants by their partner.

The Necessity for Change: Limitations in Traditional Identity Management

Traditional Identity Management often hinders agility in the modern business landscape. Let’s expose the limitations and vulnerabilities of traditional systems.

Centralization: A Risky Proposition

Centralized identity systems pose risks. They weaken IT infrastructure by attracting cyber attackers and becoming a point of failure. Their complex management can lead to administrative errors and security issues. Furthermore, managing homonymous people, like two John Smith, complicates synchronization and increases the risk of errors compromising security.

Scalability and Onboarding Challenges

The slow nature of traditional procedures hampers business efficiency. The delay in onboarding partners and granting employees access to essential tools directly affects the effectiveness of the partners and the overall success of the company.

Lack of Flexibility and Adaptability

Traditional identity management systems lack the flexibility and adaptability required to meet the evolving needs of businesses. They struggle to keep up with changing technologies and regulatory requirements, hindering growth and innovation.

TrustBuilder: Advancing Federated Identities

Gone are the days of multiple logins and fragmented access systems. TrustBuilder simplifies how your employees and partners interact with your services, offering a unified login experience.

The 4 Essential Features for Federated Identities

  1. Integration with External IDPs: TrustBuilder integrates seamlessly with various third-party Identity Providers and existing systems. It uses standard protocols like SAML, OIDC, and OAuth for smooth operations. TrustBuilder Connect also facilitates integration with your partners’ on-premises or legacy systems, such as an LDAP server using Kerberos or ADFS.
  2. Workflow Management: This feature streamlines processes and allows efficient management of user access through workflows.
  3. Attribute Translation: With TrustBuilder Federated Identities accurately convert attributes, such as technical roles or locations, from the external IDP into a common set required by your applications.
  4. Persona Model: TrustBuilder’s unique Persona model tailors access and permissions based on common business roles and responsibilities. Personas can be used to limit the time frame and scope of user access across companies.

Strategic Advantages of Switching to TrustBuilder’s Federated Identities

  1. External Single-Sign-On (SSO): Users can access multiple applications with ease, eliminating the need for multiple logins. Federated Identities extend SSO to resources across companies, allowing users to use the same credentials for external applications as they do internally. This streamlined process enhances productivity and employee satisfaction by removing repetitive authentication steps.
  2. Zero Trust Framework: TrustBuilder operates on the principles of zero trust, validating every access attempt in real time to enhance security, protect data, and comply with regulatory requirements. TrustBuilder also offers step-up authentication for increased security when accessing sensitive resources.
  3. Just-in-Time User Management: TrustBuilder validates user access management in real time, providing appropriate access levels in constantly changing environments.
  4. Efficient Joiner-Mover-Leaver Scenarios: By relying on the external IDP, you can ensure that users who change business roles will receive appropriate access. This applies to both new users and those who have left the external company.
  5. Easily Switch Partnerships: Partnerships are crucial in today’s ecosystem. TrustBuilder allows you to confidently establish new collaborations, knowing your data security is assured.

Scalability and Efficiency: Achieving the Perfect Balance

When it comes to scalability, TrustBuilder offers a comprehensive solution that prioritizes cost-effectiveness and aligns with your organization’s growth trajectory. Our expert approach focuses on maximizing efficiency without compromising on quality.

  1. Streamlining User Management: Organizations can eliminate the need for managing user identities across multiple partners, reducing administrative burden.
  2. Accelerating Onboarding: Streamlined processes and immediate access provisioning result in faster onboarding for new users and customers, enhancing overall efficiency.

TrustBuilder is your trusted partner in achieving scalability and efficiency, providing solutions tailored to your specific needs.

Recognizing the significance of inter-organizational usage and collaboration, TrustBuilder’s Federated Identities, within its Access Management Platform TrustBuilder.io, empowers organizations to confidently embrace collaborative initiatives. IT managers can now build a secure, efficient, and user-friendly environment for managing access to shared resources.

Products needed:

  • TrustBuilder.io
  • TrustBuilder Access Management
  • Optional: Persona and Delegation
  • Optional: Workflow Creator with TB Connect (multiple TB Connects per partner/external IDP)

Federated identity management is a decentralized approach to access control that allows organizations to securely collaborate and share resources without the need for centralized identity repositories. It enables seamless authentication and authorization across multiple domains or organizations, enhancing security and user experience while reducing administrative overhead.

Federated identities are essential for streamlining access management across organizations, reducing synchronization complexities, and enhancing cybersecurity through decentralized identity management. By allowing each organization to maintain control of their own Identity Provider database, federated identities facilitate secure collaboration and resource accessibility while minimizing the burden on individual companies managing users.

The benefits of federated identities include:

  • Enhanced Security: Federated identities decentralize access control, reducing the risk of centralized system vulnerabilities and cyberattacks.
  • Streamlined Collaboration: Federated identities enable seamless authentication and authorization across organizational boundaries, fostering efficient collaboration and resource sharing.
  • Improved User Experience: Users experience a unified login process across multiple domains, eliminating the need for redundant authentication and enhancing productivity.
  • Reduced Administrative Overhead: Decentralized management minimizes administrative burden associated with synchronizing multiple databases and managing user access across organizations.