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May 2009

Changing times for identity management

Does it feel like the world of identity management is calcified with the same old products and a glacial pace of innovation? Strong authentication, directory services, provisioning, Web access management, and federation have been around for years but what's new? In fact, there are a lot of developments in the identity management space and newer technologies such as privileged account management, Active Directory (AD) bridge, and entitlement management are taking off as companies look to ensure security and meet compliance demands. While large enterprises have deployed a mix of identity management products, few have enjoyed the synergies that these products bring when they are integrated. Let's look at some of the benefits the new technologies provide and strategies that can help an enterprise fully leverage its identity management investments. Old School Identity Management Traditional identity management products have become an intrinsic part of the IT infrastructure and continue to be deployed today. They include: Directory ...

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