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Identity Management: How to Control Access to Your System

Business News Daily, By Ryan Goodrich

Identity management, or ID management, is the process of identifying individuals accessing a system or network and giving them access to data appropriate for their user rights and restrictions. ID management helps to prevent unauthorized users from performing certain actions or accessing restricted data on the system.

Many different software applications exist that control user access to resources, and they accomplish this by associating a user's rights and restrictions with that established identity. In these applications, each identity includes a list of definitions for what that user can do on a network, with what device and under what conditions. The increasing number of mobile users creates more security issues for enterprise companies, and identity management helps to increase security and productivity while still reducing cost and redundancies. Read more.