Identity Management, or Identity and Access Management (IAM), is the process of ensuring that the right people have proper access to application, systems, network or an entire IT infrastructure of an enterprise. An IAM process handles the identification, authentication and authorisation of a single person or a group of persons and grants them access to hardware and software components. In recent times, identity management has become an integral part of IT security solutions because it impacts both security and productivity aspects of an organisation.
Points to Remember
- IAM not only provides access to a system or application but also, sets the level of privileges an authorised person has while on the system.
- An efficient and reliable IAM system can be instrumental for organisations to safeguard sensitive data and assets. It can fend off attackers and prevent them from bypassing the security by using compromised credentials.