Migrating from legacy IAM to modern Access Management

Guidelines and Best Practices

Published April 2021

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Businesses are facing increased needs and challenges for managing access and authentication to cloud applications while ensuring employees can securely work from home. Legacy on-premises IAM solutions such as enterprise Single-Sign On (SSO), Virtual Private Network (VPN) or a Web Access Management (WAM) are based on the concept of securing the network perimeter and may limit organizations’ ability to enable their employees to securely and efficiently access cloud services. As such, organizations that rely on perimeter on-premises security to protect cloud services are liable to face limitations in their ability to scale effectively and securely in the cloud.

An alternative approach is using a cloud-based Identity-as-a-Service architecture, such as Thales SafeNet Trusted Access, which allows organizations to extend security beyond the network perimeter and protect both on-premises applications that lack modern standards support and public cloud apps.

The goal of this whitepaper is to provide guidelines to companies who want to migrate away from traditional network infrastructure components, including WAMs, VPNs, and legacy SSO in order to benefit from reduced TCO, better and smarter security, and an enhanced user experience made possible by cloud-based access management solutions.

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