Network Identity (Network ID)

Definition - What does Network Identity (Network ID) mean?

Network identity (network ID) is a portion of the TCP/IP address that is used to identify individuals or devices on a network such as a local area network or the Internet. Network ID is designed to ensure the security of a network and related resources.

Network IDs are critical to the management and tracking of user resources, including data, applications, devices and equipment.

A network ID is also known as network identification or NetID.

Techopedia explains Network Identity (Network ID)

A network ID authenticates access to IT network equipment, devices, servers, portals, content, applications and/or products, as well as user credentials, preferences and contact information.

Identity management (IdM) software automates network ID management and administration, such as username and password resets, which saves time and money.

Single sign-on (SSO) - a more sophisticated version - synchronizes all applications and systems with a universal username and password combination and is a critical authentication component that prevents malicious network usage. Conversely, SSO is required for network system and application access. The reverse of SSO is single sign-off, which terminates user access.

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