Here is the definition, according to Wikipedia:
Identity management is the management of the identity life cycle of entities (subjects or objects). An identity management system:
- Establishes the identity
- Links a name (or number) with the subject or object;
- Re-establishes the identity (i.e. links a new or additional name, or number, with the subject or object);
- Describes the identity:
- Optionally assigns one or more attributes applicable to the particular subject or object to the identity;
- Re-describes the identity (i.e. changes one or more attributes applicable to the particular subject or object);
- Destroys the identity
I also got a couple of comments from readers, including:
You help businesses be sure they know who is doing what with their computer systems.
*Streamlining all user accounts (anyone who has 10 sets of ids at their workplace can relate to the benefit of this)
*being able to do a master reset on pw (save IT staff time)
*Being able to disable all accounts in one shot thus securing data from those who no longer should have access
Putting it all together, I’ve come up with the following pitch:
Identity Management solutions allow an organization to control and audit what its users can do. This includes creating accounts for users when they are hired, modifying their accounts as they change jobs within the organization, and terminating a user’s access when they leave. It also allows users to synchronize their password across the various computer systems they have access to.
Is there anything important I may have left out? Is it simple enough for someone who isn’t technical to understand?