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Identity and access management 101

Stellenbosch University is currently in the process of renewing its Identity and Access Management (IAM) system. The first step in the identity life cycle, namely Provisioning, has been successfully completed with the establishment of SUNid. Read more on SUNid here.

What is Identity and Access Management (IAM)? 

For individuals needing access to computer systems or physical resources, IAM audits who you are and manages what you are allowed to see and what not. This process is based on business regulations, your role inside the university and your affiliation with departments.

How does Identity and Access Management (IAM) work? 

The main focus of IAM is not on a single system, but on the needs and functions of people working or studying at the university. In addition the process and workflow has to reflect an end-to-end life cycle. The identity life cycle can be represented as follows:

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