What Is IAM? Understanding Identity & Access Management

While the word “user” may conjure up images of people sitting at computers or staring at their mobile phones, not all “users” are human. Computer hardware and Internet of Things (IoT) devices must be authenticated before accessing a network. Many applications must authenticate to other applications or services to function, such as applications that make API calls.

Whether human or a machine, an IAM system assigns each user a unique digital identity. This identity encompasses not only who or what the user is, but also what access levels they are granted within systems and applications. Because users’ roles typically change throughout their time with an organization, digital identities are not static. They must be monitored, maintained, and secured for as long as the user has network access.

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