Identity Management

What Does Identity Management Mean?

Identity management (ID Management/IdM) is the process of identifying, authenticating and authorizing an individual or group of individuals on an application, system or comprehensive IT environment.

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It is an information security domain that deals with the administrative tasks and processes of validating the identity and controlling the access of individuals/users for hardware or software.

Techopedia Explains Identity Management

Identity management is primarily used to authenticate a user on a system and ascertain whether that user is allowed or prohibited access to a particular system. Typically, identity management consists of various phases including the user authentication, the level of authorization and the type of roles a user may have. It also deals with the level of access a user has on a particular system. For example, a user might be given access to a system/software, but not all of its components.

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