Identity management is an important technology for managing user objects, identity attributes, authentication factors and security entitlements. This is done by providing automated and self-service processes for on-boarding, termination and every change that impacts a user between these events.

Identity management encompasses a wide range of technologies and processes and consequently there may be ill defined or conflicting terminology relating to key concepts.

This document introduces key identity management terminology and offers clear, unambiguous definitions. The intent is to help the reader focus on solving real problems, rather than waste energy on the language of identity management.

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