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External Identity and Access Management Solutions

Don’t set your business relationship status to ‘it’s complicated’ – empower your partners to get the job done.

An external identity and access management solution secures collaboration with users outside your organisation.

Businesses rely on an everchanging network of partners across the supply chain. To keep pace with dramatic shifts in the business landscape, these external users need to access corporate resources and interact with your workforce now – nobody wants to wait until tomorrow.

But how do you provide rapid access to data and applications across a complicated partner ecosystem without cutting corners and risking a security breach?

73% of enterprises experienced an increase in third-party risks amongst their partners and suppliers after transitioning to remote working.

CyberEdge 'COVID-19 Impact Report', 2020

We can help you:

  • Balance security and convenience with strong authentication and streamlined user journeys
  • Accelerate adoption of apps and resources by allowing users to ‘bring your own identity’
  • Keep overheads to a minimum – easily manage all user directories from a single portal
  • Reduce risk and stay compliant as you leverage Azure AD’s intelligent security capabilities

Want to simplify the way you manage customer identities? Learn more about our customer identity and access management (CIAM) solutions.

Free demo – Microsoft's external access options explained

Take a deep dive into Microsoft Azure AD B2B and B2C and learn how to securely bring external users into your organisation.

  • See demos of Azure AD B2B’s and B2C’s user journeys and experiences
  • Learn how Azure AD supports MFA, GDPR data requests, and compliance
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A complicated B2B digital relationship

You need to collaborate with multiple organisations and individuals beyond the boundaries of your business.

Your challenges:


Partner entitlements overextended with inadequate policies and access controls.


No sight of partner account life cycles, as users leave, and credentials are shared.


Managing the partner identity lifecycle adds complexity and increased liability.

User friction

Password fatigue with users forced to use different credentials across apps and portals.


Administrative overheads to create and manage partner identities and credentials.


Takes too long to onboard users and provide access to required data and applications.

We have engaged with ThirdSpace on a number of key projects in the IAM space. They have greatly increased the pace at which we’ve been able to adopt new technologies, both in terms of deployment and business transformation services.

Jonathan James Security Officer Welsh Water

I would strongly recommend ThirdSpace. They are experts in their field and will deliver an identity platform that will allow you to navigate securely to the cloud, quickly and seamlessly.

Alistair Sandford Senior Project Manager University of the West of England

We knew of only two companies in the UK capable of delivering the identity management solution we required. After going to tender, we awarded ThirdSpace the contract based on their credentials, technical capability, and cost.

Richard Rogers Principal IT Officer Staffordshire University

A comprehensive partner identity solution

Simplify partner identity management and build strong, secure and value-adding business-to-business connections.

Our solutions take care of:

Guest user management

Define and build the user journey, including sign up, sign in, and password reset.

System integration

Integrate your web and mobile applications, your back office, and other systems.

Access and governance

Enable your external users to access the right systems at the right time.

Strong authentication

Ensure user and device security goes beyond simple usernames and passwords.

Azure AD B2B Collaboration

Our external identity management solutions are built using Azure Active Directory. Microsoft’s cloud-based IAM service manages over 1.2 billion identities and processes over 8 billion authentications every day.

With Azure AD B2B Collaboration, you can extend industry-leading security experiences to guest users and collaborate safely with your partners.

Security and convenience - it’s a partnership!

We’ll help you remove the barriers that prevent effective collaboration and slow you down. Safely take advantage of external expertise and grow your business.

You and your external users will benefit from:

Smart security

Machine learning , MFA, and conditional access based on user, device, location, and session risk.

Frictionless UX

Secure, seamless access with single sign-on (SSO) and social identities (e.g. Facebook).

Keeping it simple

One platform to manage all identities, with joined up user flows and fully integrated systems.

Lower costs

Remove identity and credentials administration and support tickets (e.g. password reset).

Reduced liability

Users bring their own identities and gain quick access to the applications and data they need.

Faster results

Remove application silos and allow guest users to work collaboratively with your workforce.

No smoke without single sign-on: International retail business improves UX with Azure AD B2C

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Fully comprehensive: Using Azure AD B2C to deliver a seamless and secure customer experience for a leading UK insurer

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Confused about Azure AD B2B and B2C?

Watch our on-demand webinar and we’ll make things clear. You will:

  • Discover the key differences between Azure AD B2B and Azure AD B2C
  • See demos of Azure AD B2B’s and B2C’s user journeys and experiences
  • Find the best solution for your business – B2B, B2C or a hybrid combination
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We'd love to hear from you! Our friendly team can be reached Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

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