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Businesses struggling to manage multi-cloud environments

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Multi-cloud is becoming increasingly popular, but the complexity of the cloud infrastructure is posing various challenges for businesses.

This is according to a new report from cloud identity security company ThycoticCentrify, which claims organizations are increasingly opting for cloud-based identity and access management (IAM) and privileged access management (PAM) solutions as a result.

Polling 150 IT decision-makers in the US for the report, ThycoticCentrify found that 89 percent implemented best-of-breed solutions for IAM and/or PAM in (either hybrid or multi) cloud environments. 

For almost two in five, managing multi-cloud environments was the most challenging aspect of cloud infrastructure. The fact that they use separate IAM tools for each cloud only makes it even harder.

Most of the time they use elevation and delegation management, multi-factor authentication solutions, or password vaulting. Single sign-on and active directory bridging were also popular.

“Digital transformation, accelerated by many organizations in early 2020, led to a sharp rise in identity sprawl in the enterprise, making credentials more vulnerable to attack than ever before,” said Art Gilliland, CEO, ThycoticCentrify. 

“On the heels of the inaugural Identity Management Day, the considerable adoption of cloud IAM solutions paints a hopeful picture for the future of protecting digital identities. Rather than using disparate tools for each cloud environment, however, companies should optimize their approach with comprehensive IAM and PAM platforms inherently built to control access across all cloud providers and minimize the attack surface.”