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What is IAM for the Cloud?
What is IAM for the Cloud?
Who it's for:
  • IAM Program Leads
  • Security Operations Teams
  • CISOs and other senior leadership

What is IAM for the Cloud?

Release Date: 07/12/2023

The threat landscape has materially changed over the years to the point that Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a core component of any digital access model today. It continues to evolve to employ ever-increasing visibility, granularity, and control as the nature of users, resources, and systems change.

Managing IAM in the cloud presents unique challenges and considerations compared to on-premises environments. Organizations need to have a clear strategy in place to address these challenges and ensure the security of their assets and data. Therefore, this document aims to provide an understanding of what IAM is, the challenges involved in managing IAM in the cloud, and the importance of IAM to an organization's overall security strategy.

Key Takeaways: 
  • The benefits of moving to the cloud and why you should consider it
  • The factors that affect IAM and how IAM has evolved to solve them
  • How IAM is different in cloud environments compared to on-prem
  • The challenges faced by organizations when adopting IAM for the cloud
  • Considerations and best practices for an effective cloud IAM program
  • Tips for communicating the value of IAM





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David Strommer

David Strommer

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Venkat Raghavan

Venkat Raghavan

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Faye Dixon

Ryan Gifford
Ryan Gifford
Research Analyst, CSA

Ryan Gifford

Research Analyst, CSA

Alon Nachmany
Alon Nachmany

Alon Nachmany

Alon Nachmany is a highly accomplished cybersecurity professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He is recognized as a thought leader in the field and has been named one of the top 40 under 40 in cybersecurity by Top Cyber News Magazine. Additionally, Alon serves as a Board Member for multiple organizations.

Throughout his career, Alon has led teams and delivered global safeguards to Fortune 100 partners across a wi...

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Heinrich Smit
Heinrich Smit
CISO & Risk Management at Semperis

Heinrich Smit

CISO & Risk Management at Semperis

Heinrich is a recognized Information Protection and Zero Trust expert who started out in Law, and pivoted to his love of technology during the Tech Boom. He has led teams at software innovators and large financial institutions, has authored entire Information Security Policy stores, and has protected data at both 280,000 seat regulated enterprises and SAAS-based startup unicorns. He is passionate about Privacy and Zero Trust, as well as Def...

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Shruti Kulkarni
Shruti Kulkarni
Cyber Security Architect at 6point6 & PhD Student

Shruti Kulkarni

Cyber Security Architect at 6point6 & PhD Student

I am a security professional with experience across various domains of security. I work in defining organisation’s security strategy, security architecture and security practices. Translating business objectives and risk management strategies into specific security processes enabled by security technologies and services. I work on gap analysis, design, implementation and...

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Ravi Erukulla
Ravi Erukulla

Ravi Erukulla

Ravi Erukulla is a long-time Identity Security enthusiast and is particularly passionate about simplifying the way Identity Security products are built and adopted. Ravi brings two decades of industry experience in identity, security, and technology solutions. In his current role as VP of Analyst Relations and Customer Advocacy at Saviynt, Ravi is responsible for driving analyst relations, industry alliance partnerships, and customer advoca...

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Ramesh Gupta
Ramesh Gupta

Ramesh Gupta

Ramesh has 20+ years of experience in IT industry serving various industries such as Financials, Manufacturing and Healthcare and across different service lines such as Applications, Infrastructure and Cloud Services as Director / Client Delivery Executive / Senior Project / Program / Portfolio Manager. In his latest role as Director of Cybersecurity at NTT Data Services, he is responsible for digital offering development across IAM / App S...

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Jonathan Flack
Principal Architect, Cloud & Security Architecture. Under contract to the Department of the Air Force

Jonathan Flack

Principal Architect, Cloud & Security Architecture. Under contract to the Department of the Air Force

Jonathan Flack is a 30 year veteran engineer with extensive expertise in large scale distributed systems and security, serving in Principal or Executive roles. In addition to retaining hands on keyboard with his team, notable areas of focus include NIST 800-63, NIST 800-218 and NIST 800-207 (Zero Trust), software supply chain, and various governance compliance regimes. Recent work includes direct collaboration with the US Department of Defe...

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