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Google Unveils Customer IAM Platform, Secure LDAP for Cloud Identity


Google has announced Cloud Identity for Customers and Partners (CICP), a customer identity and access management (CIAM) platform for app developers. CICP enables app developers to add CIAM functionality to their offerings, according to a prepared statement.

CICP's features include:

  • Advanced User Security: Leverages Google's intelligence and threat signals to help app developers identify compromised user accounts.
  • Authentication-as-a-Service: Provides a drop-in, customizable service that allows app developers to manage user interface flows for sign-up and sign-in.
  • Support for Multiple Authentication Methods: Works in conjunction with multiple authentication methods, client software development kits (SDKs) and server SDKs.

A beta version of CICP is expected to be available in the coming weeks, Google indicated. Also, CICP will include two-factor authentication (2FA) capabilities, technical support and a service-level agreement (SLA) when it becomes generally available.

Google Releases Cloud Identity-Aware Proxy

In addition to the CICP announcement, Google has released Cloud Identity-Aware Proxy (IAP), which empowers organizations with context-aware access capabilities.

Cloud IAP enables organizations to define and enforce granular access to cloud resources based on a user's identity and the context of his or her request without using remote-access virtual private network (VPN) gateways, Google indicated. By doing so, Cloud IAP gives organizations flexibility and control over how they enforce access to their apps and data.

The beta version of Cloud IAP is now available. Furthermore, Google plans to add context-aware access capabilities to its Cloud IAM, VPC Service Controls and Cloud Identity offerings.

Introducing Secure LDAP in Cloud Identity

Google also has added secure lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) capabilities in Cloud Identity, enabling organizations to manage access to software-as-a-service (SaaS) and LDAP applications and infrastructure using a single IAM platform.

Secure LDAP in Cloud Identity allows organizations to use the same Cloud Identity credentials they use to log into Google services to log into traditional applications, Google noted. That way, organizations can streamline the management of cloud and on-premise identities and SaaS and traditional applications.

Google expects to roll out Secure LDAP to Cloud Identity and G Suite customers in the next few weeks.

Keeping identity and access secure is "critical" for businesses, Google stated. As such, Google continues to explore security upgrades to increase cloud visibility and control.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.