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Identity Management and Single Sign-On Overview

Updated on September 13, 2021

This presentation is part of the Authentication Overview Self-Study Course.


Modern enterprises run a complex array of IT infrastructure, including:

  • Servers and directories
  • HR, payroll, and contract management systems
  • Line-of-business applications
  • CRM and e-commerce applications

Every such system must track valid users and control what they can and cannot see or do.  The diversity of systems - each with their own administration software, people and processes and the fact that users typically have access to multiple systems - makes managing access control difficult at best.

Several discrete types of technologies are available to manage user identity data across the enterprise. These technologies include

  • Directories
  • Web access management
  • Password management
  • Single sign-on solutions

Enterprise Identity Management (EIM) systems combine the features of most of these technologies and provide solutions for centralized account and password management and automated access to a variety of applications.

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