Identity management is one of those topics that looks trivial but becomes gnarly when you dig into it. Two important issues in identity management are:
- “Is this person who they say they are?”
- “Given who they are, what systems and information can they access?”
The latter is of particular importance to HR given the sensitivity of any information about employees.
HR won’t be taking the lead on identity management; that will probably come from IT. However, HR pros should be aware of the issues and terminology. Let’s step through some of the main elements of identity management, what is changing, and what it means for HR.