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April 2002

Building blocks of an identity management system

  With the growth of e-business, organizations are wrestling with the challenge of managing secure access to information and applications scattered across a wide range of internal and external computing systems. Furthermore, they have to provide access to a growing number of users, both inside and outside the corporation, without diminishing security or exposing sensitive information. The management of multiple versions of user identities across multiple applications makes the task even more daunting. Here are the building blocks of an identity management system: Password reset relieves the management burden and costs of password-related support calls -- while enforcing strong password policies -- by enabling users to reset their own passwords and unlock their accounts without the aid of a help desk. Typically, a user accesses a password reset application through a standard browser, Windows client or telephone (interactive voice response). Users are authenticated by a set of questions to which only they should know the answers. ...

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