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Identity Management and Single Sign-On Overview
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
- 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.