Understanding Identity & Access Management

What is Identity and Access Management?

Identity and Access Management, also IAM are policies, tools, solutions, procedures that organisations use to handle user identity and control user access to their corporate network. IAM’s principal aim is to secure corporate assets by ensuring that, in the right conditions, only the right users can reach them. Users who may want access to these assets could vary from humans to non-humans. Therefore, before accessing a network, non-human users, such as computer hardware and Internet of Things (IoT) computers, applications that make API calls must be authenticated. Whichever way a user wants to gain access, IAM system ensures that each user has a unique digital identity.

What are the different IAM components?

The IAM system is made up of some components which we will look at below.

The different benefits of IAM

  • IAM systems allow administrators, regardless of where workers operate or what devices they use, to control user access.
  • Improved security is the most obvious advantage of a robust IAM solution. IAM systems allow administrators, regardless of where workers operate or what devices they use, to control user access.
  • Drives innovation by enabling organizations to securely extend network access to a variety of on-premises and SaaS apps.
  • Enhances productivity by making it easier for employees to access the systems they need to do their jobs, as well as eliminating the need for them to manually keep track of passwords.

Conclusion:

IAM need not be a costly pursuit, small businesses can make use of IAM for protection using the different components of IAM according to the business needs.

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