What is identity management?

Identity management is the administration of the digital identities of users within a system, for example, an organization’s network. Managing identities helps organizations control their users and resources safely by assigning rights and restrictions to an identity. This controls a user’s access to only the systems and data they need.

Identity management is sometimes called Identity and Access Management and is often abbreviated to IDM or IAM.

Powerful enterprise-grade software is available for identity management. From Microsoft, you can purchase Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 (MIM) or Microsoft Entra ID. We also recommend SoftwareIDM’s Identity Panel Suite.

About identity management

Managing the lifecycle of a digital identity is far from simple. Typically, digital identities and access entitlements are required in many directories and data stores. It’s hard work creating these entries, keeping them in sync with each other, and then removing or disabling them when required. It’s expensive and time-consuming and it’s seriously risky and insecure.

An efficient IDM platform reduces costs by providing a single foundation for all core identity services. With a single view and point of management, a user can be handled across multiple systems even if those systems were historically disparate.

Identity management makes security and compliance easier too, because now you can enforce and track identities across the whole organization.

If you need training in MIM, Microsoft Entra, or Identity Panel Suite, we can help.

We offer public training courses via Teams and private training via Teams or on-premises.

Training in MIM, Microsoft Entra, Identity Panel Suite

Our MIM training courses are available at three levels:

We also offer training in Microsoft Entra ID as well as Microsoft Entra Connect.

We offer free training in SoftwareIDM’s Identity Panel Suite

If you want to discuss your options, get in touch with Mark.

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Identity management is far from straightforward. Oxford Computer Group has specialized in it since 2003 and won many awards. So contact us if your organization is looking for an identity solution or guidance. Our team of experts is ready to advise you.