How Does Enterprise Application Access Work?
An Enterprise Application Access connector connects to your application server, then dials out to the Enterprise Application Access service on TCP port 443, commonly open for outbound communication on most companies’ firewalls. No additional hardware or software is required.
The service is architected based on three primary components:
- Data Edge: Provides the data plane between the user and the application, as well as data security, application performance, and optimization components.
- Management Edge: Provides management, logging, reporting, and configuration capabilities. The management and data edges are based on a secure, multi-tenant architecture. In addition to the multi-tenant data cloud, you have the option to select a dedicated single-tenant data cloud that can be configured to only process a single user’s traffic.
- Enterprise Connectors: Users connect to the Enterprise Application Access single sign-on service through a URL entered into their browsers. They simply provide their credentials to gain access to applications. Enterprise Application Access can also integrate with existing SSO products. Akamai’s solution captures information such as user identity and contextual signals, as well as device posture, meaning device vulnerability and threat intelligence signals, to build out robust risk profiles that assist with secure access decision-making.
Enterprise Application Access works with all applications — legacy on-premises, IaaS, and SaaS.