Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What is Identity management(IDM) ?

When you Google "Identity Management", mostly you will be end up with the definition that’s given below

“Identity management (ID management) is a broad administrative area that deals with identifying individuals in a system (such as a country, a network, or an enterprise) and controlling their access to resources within that system by associating user rights and restrictions with the established identity.”

As a novice it’s little difficult to understand the concept above. So let me try to explain this in a simpler way.

Identifying individuals in a system – Identifying a person in an organization. For example, in an organization each employee is uniquely identified using their employee number.

Controlling access to the resources – In an organization, employees are only allowed to visit the bay to which they have access. Imagine restricted bay access in a typical IT company.


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