IT and security professionals face a challenging balancing act. First, they are tasked with facilitating user access in support of business requirements and aspirations (productivity, agility, innovation, and speed). Yet, unbridled access is inherently risky, as it unduly exposes sensitive and critical resources (data, applications, and systems) to compromise and theft, and raises the likelihood of regulatory compliance violations. In balancing these two factors, access control is a necessity. But this necessity must also be balanced in what it does and how it does it.
This SPIE contains synopses of four representative access control solutions offered by Pulse Secure, Unisys, Akamai, and Google. Each represents a distinctive approach.