Implementing and enforcing identity-aware authorization can become a substantial task when you must consider the various attributes of each employee and their access to company assets stored in different locations across several applications, on-premises and in the cloud. Regardless of the structure of your organization’s cybersecurity architecture, you will need a way to coordinate authorization requests between services while that authorization remains externalized. You will need the ability to ensure that each access request being made is being done so by the authorized user with all the correct attributes – this is where employing authorization as a service becomes beneficial.
Because AaaS allows you to centrally manage authorization, it makes development faster and simpler because it can be integrated across apps meaning that it’s not necessary to re-implement authorization technology into each service your company uses. In turn, it also makes administrative tasks more streamlined since changes to your authorization logic are made centrally. Not only is this faster, but it reduces the likelihood of error that arises when changes are made in each of the individual apps rather than in a centralized control center.
Another major benefit of the centralized management platform an authorization service provides is the ability to detect cases of compromised credentials. Because the platform monitors and tracks user activity, suspicious behavior is easy to spot.
Overall, centralized authorization services can improve compliance and governance by ensuring access policies and security controls are consistently enforced across applications.