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IBM Adds New Service to Cloud Identity Offering

IBM Security announced on Tuesday that a new product designed to help organizations manage how their employees access business applications has been added to the company’s Cloud Identity offering.

IBM Cloud Identity Connect is a new Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) that provides quick and secure access to popular cloud applications using single sign-on (SSO) from any device, both from the cloud and on-premises.

According to IBM, the new product aims to address the challenges of managing and securing multiple identities in hybrid cloud environments, which Gartner believes will be the most popular type of cloud.

The new service, expected to become available in the IBM Cloud Marketplace on June 15, can be tested for 30 days for free. Customers of IBM Cloud applications such as Verse and Connections Cloud can use Cloud Identity Connect as a free one-year subscription for up to five apps.

IBM Cloud Identity Connect

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

IBM’s Cloud Identity offering also includes Cloud Identity Service, a comprehensive suite of identity and access management (IAM) capabilities designed to make it easier for organizations to move their IAM program to the cloud, and MaaS360 UEM, which is advertised as ideal for organizations that need unified endpoint management (UEM) for mobile devices.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.