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ForgeRock launches new features to help enterprises make the move to the cloud

By Catherine Knowles
Wed 10 Nov 2021

ForgeRock has launched new features for ForgeRock Identity Cloud, designed to aid hybrid enterprises with access management.

More specifically, ForgeRock is looking to help enterprises overcome the barriers caused by passwords when moving to the cloud with Pass-Through Authentication and Just-in-Time Migration.

According to ForgeRock, here’s what the new features deliver:

Pass-Through Authentication (PTA): Adding another set of passwords in the cloud is cumbersome and expensive.

To avoid that, PTA allows customers who are ready to move to the cloud and want to keep their passwords on-premises, to use existing user IDs and passwords by authenticating against any identity store, including Active Directory, LDAP, SQL, or even flat files. This approach also simplifies implementation and reduces associated IT costs, ForgeRock states.

Just-in-Time Migration: Asking customers to reset their passwords often stalls cloud migration projects because organisations fear customers will abandon their service.

ForgeRock's new Just-in-Time Migration feature removes that hurdle by allowing enterprises to migrate to the ForgeRock Identity Cloud without requiring their customers to change their passwords.

Organisations can also choose to migrate users gradually by department, location or other factors to enable a phased approach to cloud, thereby reducing unnecessary risks during migration.

This incremental approach also provides the flexibility to keep the passwords on-premises for organisations that have stricter regulatory or other compliance needs, ForgeRock states.

According to the company, these new features come at a time when many businesses are at a crossroads in their digital transformation journeys.

Teams must evaluate the best authentication approach that will both maximise security while simultaneously preserving a seamless user experience.

For many organisations, maintaining sensitive passwords on-premise while moving other operations to the cloud creates a significant challenge.

Commenting on this trend, ForgeGrock chief product officer Peter Barker says, “Our customers are telling us they want to move away from passwords and go passwordless. But a move to cloud often means adding more passwords or forcing password resets, which is a bad experience for users.

"With our new pass-through authentication and just-in-time migration capabilities, ForgeRock Identity Cloud empowers enterprises to move to the cloud without the headaches of managing even more passwords and causing customer inconveniences that can erode brand loyalty.”

ForgeRock Identity Cloud is a SaaS delivered identity platform purpose-built for the enterprise. Its IAM capabilities include patented data isolation technology that separates each organisation’s identity data to provide greater cloud security. ForgeRock Identity Cloud also offers subscriptions with predictable pricing.

ForgeRock is a global specialist in digital identity, delivering modern and comprehensive identity and access management solutions for consumers, employees and things to safely access the connected world.

Organisations can orchestrate, manage and secure the complete lifecycle of identities from dynamic access controls, governance, APIs and storing authoritative data consumable in any cloud or hybrid environment.

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