Frequently Asked IDM Questions
What is an Identity?
An identity is the virtual representation of an enterprise resource user including employees, customers, partners and vendors. Identity Management shows the rights and relationships the user has when interacting with a company’s network.
What are the benefits of Identity Management?
- Centralized auditing and reporting - Know who did what and report on system usage.
- Reduce IT operating costs - Immediate return on investment is realized by eliminating the use of paper forms, phone calls and wait time for new account generation and enabling user self service and password management.
- Minimize Security Risk - Control access to the network and instantaneously update accounts in a complex enterprise environment including: layoffs, acquisitions, partner changes, temporary and contract workers.
- Improved quality of IT services
- Legal compliance - Many government mandates require secure control of access.
How does Identity Management (IDM) work?
The process involves creating user accounts that are able to be modified, disabled or deleted. Delegated workflows, rules and policies are applied to the users account.
A user profile will tell the company: who they are, what they are entitled to do, when they are allowed to perform specific functions, where they are allowed to perform functions from and why they have been granted permissions.
How are Identity Management Solutions Implemented?
- Inventory and assess current investments and processes. Clean and consolidate identity data stores. Create virtual identities for enterprise users.
- Design and deploy identity infrastructure components. Create identity provisioning and deploy password management, user self-service, and regulatory compliance.
- Deliver applications and services. Access management deployed to a clean environment. Leverage federated identity for improving supply chain and employee efficiencies.
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