Now Live: Simpler Identity Management with SCIM

Perimeter 81 is dedicated to making network security as simple and seamless as possible, and that has meant prioritizing technologies to help IT admins manage the many security settings present in their corporate resources.

That’s why we’re so pleased to introduce our SCIM integration for Okta and Azure AD to all our Enterprise customers, allowing continuous syncing between Perimeter 81 provisioning and updates in the corporate Identity Provider (IdP).

SCIM for Okta

As our customers know, the way that they’re able to take advantage of automatic Zero Trust, least-privilege access is by integrating an Identity Provider (IdP) and sorting users into groups with specific security configurations and access permissions.

But these settings won’t be the same forever. For example, when an employee leaves the company, switches departments or is promoted, the resources they can or cannot access and the security tools configured for them will change. Critically, they must change in the same way both within the IdP and the Perimeter 81 platform in order to avoid creating configuration gaps.

Ensuring consistency for this ever-evolving identity lifecycle is something that security professionals are responsible for, and that’s where the System for Cross-domain Identity Management (SCIM) comes in.

Don’t Sleep on SCIM

SCIM is an open standard that automates user provisioning and de-provisioning between Identity Providers and software that integrates identity data for the purpose of security, such as Perimeter 81. While it’s easy to import IdP data into Perimeter 81 and onboard existing security settings, it’s now just as simple to alter or remove those settings in your Okta or Azure AD IdP and see them automatically reflected in Perimeter 81.

Syncing of user settings helps admins automate the user identity lifecycle management process. It also makes user data more secure, and boosts the scalability of security. As companies grow and experience turnover, de-provisioning employees is especially a priority in order to reduce the incidents of already-departed employees accessing the network.

With SCIM, IT departments no longer need to spend time developing or constantly updating custom integrations between directories to various external tools and apps. The peace of mind that employees get from Single Sign-On and IdP, can finally be enjoyed on the administration side as well.

As companies continue to grow and create new workflows and adopt new resources, staying on top of these changes without fear of losing track of configurations or opening security gaps is confidence-inspiring. We hope our Enterprise customers take advantage of SCIM, and stay tuned for further updates!