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How Kloudless Helps Security Software With User Management

*This article is part of the Kloudless Guide to Cloud Security, A comprehensive guide to all things Cloud Security in 2020 for security software of all verticals.

A major component of security software is the ability to track users and their behavior. Whether it be user impersonation, identity access management, privileged access management, or identity governance, being able to stay on top of users and their activity/permissions is a primary concern for modern security software. From the initial authorization of users to the delegation of organization administrators, close attention must be paid to the comings and goings of users and their data in order to properly protect from bad-faith actors looking to act maliciously. 

Kloudless Unified APIs were built with security in mind and offer a rich set of features for software looking to track both the authentication and administrative permissions of users in their systems.

Kloudless Auth

The first step in protecting user data is a secure method of authentication.

Keeping with the latest in security standards, Kloudless uses OAuth 2.0 to authenticate users and provides your application with an access token that can be used to perform API requests to a user’s account. 

By implementing Kloudless’ single OAuth flow, developers at security software companies can easily authenticate an admin to any type of service. For user management use cases, this means that an application can prompt an admin to grant access to manage users, groups and group membership, as well as track activity in the tenant. This applies to any of the offered SaaS services such as G Suite, Office365, Box, Dropbox, Salesforce, Slack, and more.

The Kloudless Authenticator Library enables your application to open a pop-up that allows the user to choose what SaaS service they wish to connect with. This removes the engineering hassle of building out authentication functionality for each cloud service you wish to integrate with, while also providing an “out-of-the-box” UI to considerably shorten implementation time.

For information on how to connect user accounts to your security software using Kloudless, as well as a full list of configuration options, please visit our GitHub repo.

Kloudless Teams API

Identity access management (IAM) is the process of defining and managing the roles and access privileges of network users. The criteria laid out for these roles and access governs whether individual users or groups are granted, or denied, said privileges. Identity management systems are implemented into many popular services, such as Microsoft SharePoint and Office365.

Yassir Abousselham, senior vice president and chief security officer for Okta, explains the goal of identity access management as “granting access of the right enterprise assets to the right users in the right context, from a user’s system onboarding to permission authorizations to the offboarding of that user as needed in a timely fashion.” 

Data security software relies on strict governance of user privileges to control access to critical data inside of an organization, and therefore, must be equipped to monitor and enact these rules for a wide range of cloud software services. 

Kloudless offers support for full User and Group management in the Teams API. The Kloudless Team API enables your security software to access, create, update, and delete users and groups in popular SaaS applications such as Office 365, G Suite, and more. It also allows programmatic management of group membership through a unified interface, which abstracts away the different specifics of an individual application.

Extending far beyond basic metadata for users, the Kloudless Team API provides a comprehensive amount of attributes for User data, including:

  • User ID
  • Username
  • Primary email and alternate emails
  • Password (write-only, of course)
  • External Active Directory ID
  • Name and associated details (Given name; Surname)
  • Membership role, and corresponding name
  • Address and associated details
  • Phone numbers
  • Organization
  • Additional description
  • Record creation time
  • Last modified time

Group and Membership information are also available, with similar amounts of attributes and metadata for each object.

Securing the Right Path Forward

Authentication, authorization, roles, and delegation all play a huge role in safeguarding data from malicious intent. Security software must be thorough and comprehensive when implementing protocols to protect the information of their users’ organizations.

This job is, however, scaled exponentially when posed with the task of integrating with multiple cloud services — let alone dozens. Kloudless can help your security solution with the connectivity they need to properly protect their users in any of the SaaS services they store their data within. Kloudless can connect your application with dozens of SaaS integrations in the same amount of development time it would take to connect with a single service, leaving your engineers to focus on what’s important — your security software’s primary functionality.

To learn more about how Kloudless can help your data security software, please visit our security solutions page and read how Kloudless can save your company development time and resources with Unified APIs.

For more information, please write to hello@kloudless.com

*This article is part of the Kloudless Guide to Cloud Security, A comprehensive guide to all things Cloud Security in 2020 for security software of all verticals.

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David Hallinan

David Hallinan is an Integration Strategist and Head of Marketing at Kloudless. He enjoys painting, JavaScript, vintage synths, drum machines and forcing his sports allegiances on his children.

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