It’s the worst-kept secret in IT: small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) must use their budgets judiciously. The cost of network hardware, in particular, can be a major obstacle that places constraints on what IT admins can accomplish. The domainless enterprise presents a solution, minus the expensive hardware to manage your directory and access control (and especially your VPN). This makes strong perimeter security achievable at sustainable costs.
JumpCloud provides identity and access management (IAM) infrastructure through the cloud that you can configure to manage Pritunl, an open source VPN that’s based on OpenVPN. JumpCloud provides your directory of users and devices or will extend your existing directory. OpenVPN is a mature, widely used solution that’s been available for over two decades. It’s functionally the same as VPN appliances that you’d pay a reseller to obtain at high cost.
The benefits extend beyond connectivity: JumpCloud layers on additional Zero Trust security controls that are transparent to the end user beyond being prompted to authenticate themselves when they’re accessing IT resources. This solution protects your confidential information and systems while reducing the costs that are traditionally associated with remote IT access.
JumpCloud Manages and Secures
JumpCloud’s LDAP directory underpins access control and has integrated Zero Trust security features that continuously authenticates and authorizes users. The cloud directory extends to single sign-on (SAML SSO) to direct users to the JumpCloud portal for authentication. JumpCloud then layers on security features, including environment wide multi-factor authentication (MFA) and conditional access, to determine which devices may access your VPN and from where.
Other features manage and secure your devices, cross-OS, with patching and pre-built policies that act to harden systems against common security exploits. Conditional access leverages these capabilities so that only compliant devices are granted access to your VPN. This added security is accomplished without installing and maintaining additional software or hardware.
Streamlined User Lifecycle Management
The JumpCloud directory handles permissions differently than traditional on-premise solutions such as Microsoft’s Active Directory. They’re similar in that access to your VPN is determined by group membership(s), but JumpCloud’s user management is designed for the modern era. (Read more…)