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Identity Management

Introduction

When talking about IT security, it is important to include identity management. Identity management includes managing individual identifiers, privileges and permissions, authorization, and authentication. When it is important to know who is accessing what, it is identity management at play.

Problem Statement

Identity management has had many hurdles. Not only can it be extremely time consuming to get everything set up correctly, it can also be expensive. It is important to have a well-trained professional with experience in IT security oversee the identity management of a company. Sine this is a security issue, it is very important to make sure that all proper security measures are taken. It can also be difficult to figure out exactly what permissions and authorization are needed by each individual.

Previous Options

Frequently, Identity Management is a shared project between an HR department and the IT department. When a new employee enters an organization, roles for that employee need to be set up within current systems. Depending on the organization and the job of the employee, this role may have many different access privileges.

Previously, every application would have its own authentication process. User lists and credentials have been an important part of identity management, but authentication has been simplified in recent years.

Solution

Today, Identity Management has taken on a life of its own. There are many ways to go about managing identities in an organization. One way that is emerging in the industry is to have the authentication done on the computer level. This allows the user to log in to the computer with their username and password. From there, they will have access to all of the programs that they have privileges to.

Saves Time

With using an equipment-based management system, both the IT department and the employee save time. It is easy to set up a system where the programs are already available with one log in. This saves the employee time, since with this system they are able to get to where they need to be without having to log in many times. On top of that, if the programs are readily available, the employee saves time by not having to search for what they need on a regular basis. Instead, it is right there for their use.

Less Stress on Help Resources

When an employee only needs to log in one time, you will find that the help desk and other help resources receive fewer inquiries. Since the employee only needs to remember the log in information for one spot, they are less likely to forget their credentials and request a password reset.

Lower Cost

When implementing effective identity management practices, there is room to skimp on security. However, modern identity management systems have been able to cut costs without compromising your system's security.

Implementation

It is crucial to make sure that employees understand what changes are being made when implementing a new identity management system. From there, set up the database with the right permissions for each individual. Having the HR department and the IT department work together to get the right permissions for everyone helps streamline the process and prevent unnecessary work in the future.

Summary

With device-based identity management, you ensure that employees can access the software, products, and services they need. You are also able to restrict access to those who do not need certain permissions. Having the permissions based on a device login allows users to not only save time and effort, but also keeps stress off of other departments.

 

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