ForgeRock has published the results of a study that suggests that the vast majority (80 percent) of corporate IT decision makers are planning to either deploy or expand cloud-based identity and access management (IAM) systems within the next two years. The study was performed by Forrester Consulting, which surveyed more than 300 IT executives from all over the world.
According to ForgeRock, those executives were particularly interested in hybrid cloud solutions that can bridge the cloud with an organization’s existing infrastructure. Such technologies allow businesses to scale upward without disrupting critical internal applications.
However, ForgeRock also warned that many enterprises are not doing a good job of securing their cloud platforms. While 72 percent of organizations had a cloud-based IAM solution, nearly 50 percent had failed to implement key security practices. They cited technology issues as the biggest roadblock, suggesting that many solutions were not scalable, and could not provide IAM coverage across multiple applications. Other obstacles included process issues, poor technical expertise, and a general lack of support from company management.
ForgeRock argued that a hybrid cloud approach can help organizations overcome those issues, since it allows them to unify their identity procedures across on-premises and cloud applications. In that regard, most of the respondents (70 percent) reported that the hybrid cloud would improve the user experience for customers and employees alike.
The Forrester study was commissioned by ForgeRock and Google Cloud. ForgeRock joined the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program back in 2019.
“While IT leaders are faced with unique conditions that shape their IT strategy, hybrid IAM has emerged as a necessity in helping them deliver simple and secure employee and customer experiences,” said ForgeRock Chief Product Officer Peter Barker.
“This approach gives companies the ability to reimagine their business and modernize faster, and IAM needs to be at the center to ensure the future is both frictionless and secure,” added Google Cloud VP Hamidou Dia.