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Everything About Digital Identity Management

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Have you ever wished to banish a painfully embarrassing experience from someone’s brain by just pressing a button and saying ‘goodbye to all that?’ Well, it still seems to be a far-fetched dream in reality but the famous Men In Black, aka MIB, uses a mesmerizing device called the Neuralyzer which does it all. Thanks to the Neuralyzer, MIB can maintain the facade of its organization and manage the secret identity of its agents and other aliens roaming this universe.

In the same universe, with the growing digitalization, businesses also are in search of a device that will help them manage their employees’ and devices’ identities – alien and otherwise!

Their search ends here: all that’s needed is Digital Identity Management. It is the process of monitoring a user’s identity across digital channels and platforms so they can be identified no matter where they are. Just as MIB could identify Boris the Animal on Earth as well as on the Moon. Read on to explore the what, when and how of Digital Identity Management in this article!

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Do you remember the famous Men In Black? Yes, the same organization that made us believe that life from outside the Earth coexists on Earth. The movies amazed us with spaceships, aliens and a secret organization that keeps track of every alien activity on Earth. If you remember all this, then you might also remember that to keep the organization in the shadows, they would erase any memory of the previous lives of their recruited Agents and restore it after their retirement. Also, to keep the world a safer place to live for every creature, the organization managed the identity of extraterrestrials. They achieved this by keeping the data of every creature, from the time they landed on the Earth throughout their stay. The organization also assigned a particular identity to these aliens to help them gel with the humans. Not only aliens, but their agents also have unique identities. Sounds like a real complex job, right?

Well, it is a tough job for any business to manage the identity of its employees, associates and consultants. We are talking about digital identities here, which are unique identifiers associated with an individual, organization or electronic device in cyberspace. To help you with the hassle of managing various digital identities, we present Digital Identity Management. Want to know more about it? Let’s head on to the next section to know what it holds for you.

What Is Digital Identity Management?

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Before revealing the best-kept secret of Digital Identity Management, let’s first dissect and learn about digital identity. Like our real-world identity system, in the business world too, every organization, individual or electronic device has a unique networked or online identity adopted or claimed by them in cyberspace. This is naturally called digital identity (duh!). It comprises all the unique identifiers and patterns that enable the detection of unique individuals or their devices.
In a broader sense, Digital Identity Management is an association between individuals and their online identities. Any business can manage the complete lifecycle of its employees and devices across all platforms, whether on-site, in the cloud, or on mobile, with Digital Identity Management. Additionally, it maintains and issues tokens (for example – digital ID cards) and security certificates with corresponding information as well as an infrastructure for verifying online transactions through digital identities.
Now that we know about Digital Identity Management, let’s look at its origin in the next section.

A Step Back In Time – History Of Digital Identity Management

It all started back in 1853 when birth registration was made mandatory (way before MIB was born!). By 1902, this practice was standardized in the US. Did you know that data related to birth was recorded in church registers before being a standard? Well, it must have been cumbersome to maintain such records. Anyways, the following year, Missouri and Massachusetts became the first states to issue to have a driver’s license to operate a car. A few years later, the League of Nations, an intergovernmental organization, championed global passport standards in the aftermath of the First World War.

In 1935, the US Social Security Act was signed, encouraging many countries to adopt this trend for tax reasons or as a general national ID number. Fernando Corbató introduced digital IDs and passwords to keep individual files private almost three decades later. The aim was to protect sensitive information within a network being used by multiple individuals. In 1990, with the advent of the commercial internet, traditional Digital Identity Management was adapted for online applications. However, due to high maintenance costs and security issues, the identity management stack was born in 2000. This resolved the security issue but high maintenance costs still limited its deployment. Thus, in 2010, Identity-as-a-Service (IDAAS) cloud was introduced, which focused on simplification, automation and reduced cost.

The adoption of cloud services in recent years has enhanced data breaches rapidly. Hence, Digital Identity Management will need to evolve, just as MIB did to fulfill the hour's need.

After tracing its history, let’s learn about its working in the next section!

Working Of Digital Identity Management

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What was the most intriguing thing about the MIB organization? For us, it was the Neuralyzer – we did not know about its working but we all believed in the memory-ersing technology. It is how they managed the identities of the many extraterrestrial creatures and kept them hidden from the common man was genuinely mesmerizing. The working of Digital Identity Management is quite similar. So, let’s learn about it.

Digital Identity Management works in tandem with the world-class Identity and Access Management (IAM) system to ensure that only authorized employees access specific information and company data. Access information is received, sorted into various access groups, user roles are determined and appropriate access is granted in addition to terminating credentials if employees leave the company. Digital Identity Management only permits authorized employees to submit access requests to safeguard company data, which IAM then authorizes. Low-risk and high-risk individuals such as investors, customers and restricted subscription users are given access to data compatible with their roles. The rest of the data is restricted to low-level and high-risk personnel, except for what they have access to.

Now that you know the working, allow us to guide you through the real-life application of Digital Identity Management in the next section.

Application Of Digital Identity Management In Real Life

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There are things out there that you need to know. By “things” we mean real-life applications of Digital Identity Management. Without further ado, let’s read:

  • Online Authentication

    It allows secure and convenient access to e-services. For instance, you can access a service using a smart identity card or a mobile phone with a registered phone number using a unique digital identity.
  • Digital Signature

    In the EU and other jurisdictions, digital signatures based on strong encryption are considered to be legally equivalent to handwritten signatures. Contracts, transactions, and even multimedia call all be signed and time-stamped
  • Physical Access

    You can control physical access to public transportation, events, or buildings.
  • Record Keeping

    It's no hidden fact that digital transactions leave a trail. A record of digital transactions can be used to improve government and private sector accountability and transparency, as well as to facilitate decision-making.

It’s time to learn about of the benefits of Digital Identity Management in the next section.

Benefits Of Digital Identity Management

We all know the benefits of having the MIB. After all, if it had not been for MIB, then who would have saved us from extra-terrestrial creatures such as Boris the Animal? Although, the benefits of Digital Identity Management are much more than that of MIB:
  • Streamline User Experience

    With SSO-based (single sign-on) identity management, Digital Identity Management eliminates the need to enter numerous authentication information. You can access your company’s data and services with just one login account and password. Incredible, isn’t it?
  • Improving Security And Enhancing Data Privacy:

    Proper Digital Identity Management can significantly improve the security and privacy of your IT infrastructure by restricting unauthorized user access.
  • Enhancing Efficiency

    Having your digital data saved under one organized folder can greatly boost operational efficiency.
  • Simplify Reporting And Auditing

    Any security breach or data loss can be easily documented as all the data is stored under one folder. (Remember point 3?) User credentials can be easily collected from the Digital Identity Management repository when auditing is required, making the task even easier.
  • Global Access

    With Digital Identity Management, employers and users can access company data from anywhere in the world, anytime, by completing a simple login step.

Fifteen hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat and before watching MIB, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow. This quote from MIB is our way of saying that the future is still a mystery; however, the future of Digital Identity Management can be predicted in the next section. Let’s reveal it!

Future Of Digital Identity Management

Have you ever realized that today, almost all our digital identities are connected through devices, applications and services? Not only this but service providers also control these digital identities and their digital identity data. Having a centralized identity system makes user identity data extremely vulnerable to cyber-attacks and privacy breaches that seriously affect their professional and personal lives. Apart from this, users may find it difficult to manage their personal data or revoke access to their information if multiple third parties or service providers access their information from different applications.

Worry not! Decentralized identity solutions will change the present of Digital Identity Management. It will provide a fresh approach to identity and protect personal data by enabling users and service providers to have more control over their identities and personal data. Additionally, it will provide identity management services to users who can generate and control their digital identity without relying on a specific service provider. Moreover, the security of information will rely on blockchain, as it will enable decentralized storage of digital identity and tokens. #TheFutureIsHere

To Sum Up

Technology has always played a crucial role in any development, be it in MIB or the sphere of identity management. It is believed that technology and innovations in the MIB organization as well as in Digital Identity Management will continue to evolve, making the management of customer identity even more critical for businesses. Digital IDs are at the core of customer-facing initiatives for brands. By establishing relationships with their customers individually, they can build ever-lasting engagement, which was not possible before!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Digital Identity Management?

Digital Identity Management involves the management of unique identifiers associated with individuals, organizations, or electronic devices in cyberspace. Similar to real-world identity systems, digital identity encompasses all the distinct patterns and identifiers that facilitate the recognition of individuals or devices online. It enables businesses to manage the complete lifecycle of employees and devices across various platforms, issuing tokens such as digital ID cards and security certificates, and providing an infrastructure for verifying online transactions through digital identities.

How Did Digital Identity Management Evolve Over Time?

The evolution of Digital Identity Management traces back to significant historical milestones. Birth registration became mandatory in 1853, and by 1902, the practice was standardized in the US. The issuance of driver's licenses and the establishment of global passport standards followed. Digital IDs and passwords were introduced in the mid-20th century to protect sensitive information within networks. With the commercial internet's advent in the 1990s, traditional Digital Identity Management transitioned to online applications. The identity management stack was developed in 2000, followed by the introduction of Identity-as-a-Service (IDAAS) cloud in 2010, focusing on simplification, automation, and cost reduction.

How Does Digital Identity Management Work?

Digital Identity Management operates in conjunction with Identity and Access Management (IAM) systems to ensure authorized access to company data. It sorts access information into various groups, determines user roles, and grants appropriate access while terminating credentials for departing employees. Authorized employees submit access requests, which IAM authorizes, safeguarding company data. Low-risk and high-risk individuals are granted access compatible with their roles, while the rest of the data remains restricted. This process enhances data security and controls access to sensitive information, aligning with business objectives.

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