Identity and Access Management is the practice of managing digital identities through-out their life-cycle, managing access rights to enterprise resources and auditing of user access rights, use/misuse of digital identities. The entire process is mostly automated and require little to no human involvement.
Digital identities are often distributed across the heterogeneous mix of systems, devices and applications and poses significant risk to organizations in terms of security breaches and frauds. IAM consolidates and brings all identities under centralized management system where users are provisioned/de-provisioned role-based access rights to all enterprise resources centrally.
Key Use Cases
–> Single Sign on:
It is one of the greatest motivations for implementing IAM technologies. The benefits are quick and reduces the pain for maintaining several difficult passwords. Single-sign on is one credential to access of of the enterprise resources which you are authorized for both on-premise and cloud.
–> Centralized Provisioning/De-provisioning of users/identities:
Whether it is provisioning identities to new employees or de-provisioning ex-employees accounts or managing third party/contractors user accounts , It can all be done with one centralized console. This reduces the time and management overhead and also reduces the risk of any ghost accounts.
Track the end-to-end activities of users and use of access rights management. This includes both ongoing activity monitoring and periodic policy review, for concerns such as separation of duties.
–> Provisioning of Cloud applications or services to users:
Manage end to end Account of users to these services right from account registration, Account management, account revocation to auditing with ease.
–> Role-based access to enterprise resources:
–> Attribute exchange:
–> Enabling automated online reporting to customers
–> Enabling extensive self-service functions in customer portals
–> Verifying customer identities during registration via direct link to the company’s CRM
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