IBM Launches “Identity-as-a-Service” Offering

IBM has a new service, delivered via the IBM Cloud, that is designed to assist users in gaining access to preferred business applications.  IBM Cloud Identity Connect is an Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS), which helps provide users with rapid access to thousands of popular cloud apps while enabling single sign-on to their applications, whether from the cloud or on-premises.

"Businesses need to infuse identity everywhere. Cloud Identity Connect makes it easier than ever before for customers to inspire productivity and efficiency – while helping to ensure their enterprise is securely managed and can effectively transition to the cloud,” said Jason Keenaghan, director of strategy and offering management for IAM and Fraud at IBM Security. “Regardless of where an organization is in that transition process, IBM is now positioned to scale on-premises and cloud offerings to help meet the unique needs of nearly any business at any time.”

IBM offers a family of tools for identity and access management under the IBM Cloud Identity brand. The portfolio includes IDaaS offerings that provide seamless access to applications across cloud, on-premises, mobile and IoT devices and hybrid environments. 

IBM Cloud Identity has now been expanded to offer Cloud Identity Connect, which helps deliver a one-click activation process designed to help businesses protect their existing infrastructure investments and bridge services to the cloud. Administrators and app owners can add new SaaS apps and manage workforce access, while creating a unified end user catalog and app portal.

IBM said it is providing IBM Cloud Identity Connect as a free one-year subscription for up to five applications, for customers of IBM Cloud applications such as IBM Verse and IBM Connections Cloud, as well as partner offerings such as Box from IBM.

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