Today, many businesses in Corporate America are now implementing more than one level of authentication in order to confirm the identity of an individual.  Many of them have implemented at least Two Factor Authentication (2FA) or even Multifactor Authentication (MFA).  But trying to keep track of all of these authentication levels and mechanisms can be a huge chore for any IT Security team.

But there is one tool out there that can help in this regard, and that is the Microsoft Identity Manager, also known as the MIM.

What It Is All About

The MIM can connect to and synchronize just about all of the Identity Data Systems that are available in M365, Azure, and in your On Premises Infrastructure.  For example, it can link up with Active Directory and its various subdirectories, various ERP systems that you might be using, the employee records that are held in various databases by the HR Department, etc.

Also, it is powerful enough so that it can even update the user profile attributes of all of the employees in your company.  Included in this are the usernames, passwords, as well as all of the rights, permissions, and access that have been given to them.

They can be deleted, added, and even modified as necessary, especially as job roles change during a certain period of time.  This can even be extended to external third parties that you bring on board as well, such as contractors.

The Major Components

The MIM consists of the following components in order to ensure that you are able to keep all of your authentication mechanisms running at an optimal level:

  • The MIM Synchronization Service;
  • The MIM Service;
  • The MIM Portal;
  • Various sorts of MIM SSPR Web based portals;
  • The MIM Reporting Tool;
  • Components for properly managing Privileged Access Management;
  • Any necessary client plugins can also be connected fairly easily and quickly.

Of the above, the two that are the most important are the portals and the reporting functionalities.  It is the portal that literally acts as the heart of the MIM.  Through this, your IT Security team can easily manage the employees and contractors, and the user groups that they have been assigned to.  It even allows for a serf serving mechanism that allows for people to reset their own passwords, without having to depend upon the IT Department to do this.

With the reporting tool, you can download information in real time in order to make sure that all activities and processes from within the MIM are running at expected levels.  Also, you will be able to notice quickly any suspicious types of behavior that are occurring, as well as any other deviances that might be transpiring from the security baselines that you have established.

Its Benefits

The MIM has numerous benefits that it can offer to your company, some of which are as follows:

  • The synchronization and update features that it possesses can be triggered to run an automatic basis. There is hardly any need for human intervention in this regard, and one of the other benefits of this is that your IT Security team can focus their efforts on mitigating any Cyber threats that could be lurking.
  • The MIM also consists of an engine that is rule based and is fully configurable. This simply means it can be completely customized to meet your exact security requirements.  Any changes made to these rules are then automatically triggered to the other facets of your IT and Network Infrastructure that are part of the MIM system.
  • Should you need to change out and/or replace any of the authentication mechanisms that you currently have in place, the MIM will immediately detect this, and can be quickly adjusted in order to accommodate for the new tools that you are putting in place.
  • Also, if you need to change any authentication scenarios, such as further dividing up your network into more subnets or going from a 2FA to an MFA environment (or even vice versa), the MIM will provide some recommendations as to how best make these accommodations without having to disrupt or even halt any of your security processes until these adjustments take effect.
  • Best of all, it can run in the Microsoft Azure environment, On Premises, or even both, if that is what you choose to do. Thus, it is highly flexible and scalable, and is quickly responsive to your security needs.  It is also very affordable, for any sized business.

Conclusions

If you have any questions about the MIM, or need help in deploying it, reach out to us today!

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