IAM 101

An Intro to
Identity and Access Management (IAM)

According to Gartner, IAM is:

Identity and access management (IAM) is the security discipline that enables the right individuals to access the right resources at the right times for the right reasons.

IAM addresses the mission-critical need to ensure appropriate access to resources across increasingly heterogeneous technology environments, and to meet increasingly rigorous compliance requirements. This security practice is a crucial undertaking for any enterprise. It is increasingly business-aligned, and it requires business skills, not just technical expertise.

Enterprises that develop mature IAM capabilities can reduce their identity management costs and, more importantly, become significantly more agile in supporting new business initiatives.


Essentially, Identity and Access Managment is a set of tools and processes that help you secure your applications and assign the correct entitlements (or privileges) to the right set of users.

From a capabilities perspective an IAM solution typically consists of:

  • Identity / User provisioning (sunrise / sunset)
  • Access Management and Single-Sign-On (SSO) 
  • Adaptive Authentication
  • Identity Federation
  • Directory Services
  • Strong Authentication (multi-factor authentication)

These capabilities can be home-grown or purchased as an off-the-shelf vendor solution (e.g. ForgeRock).

Additionally, these capabilites can be implemented on-premise (in your data center), in the cloud (Amazon, Azure) or a hybrid of the two.

At Tumy-Tech we have years of experience with designing the right solution and working with your team to implement. Whether you need a fully serviced, managed solution or you are just looking for a few additional resources we can put together the perfect package to meet your needs.

We encourage you to contact our sales team today to find out more information on how we can help you with your IAM needs.

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