What is Identity Management?
Identity management (sometimes known as identity and access management) helps corporations manage and control user access to different systems on a network. This enterprise tool defines and manages the roles, authorizations, and privileges of an individual relating to their use of business resources.
Based on user rights and restrictions, identity management grants or denies access to particular enterprise assets. Users are assigned one unique digital identity that provides universal access to authorized systems and applications. IT administrators can monitor online activities using digital IDs to verify conformance to corporate policies and regulatory compliance.
Identity Management: Part of an Overall Information Security Strategy
Identity management is an integral component of an enterprise security solution that enforces user policies and guards against unauthorized access of enterprise assets. Identity and access management:
Blocks unauthorized access
Shuts down entry to programs by unauthorized users, protecting against unofficial log-ins and malware attacks, such as ransomware and phishing.
Guards against hackers
To avoid cyber security breaches recently experienced by such powerhouse institutions as the NSA, CIA and National Health Services hospitals in England 1, identity & access management builds a stronger security front to guard data against hackers.