Identity Management (IdM) deals with identifying and managing individuals within a government, state, local, public, or private sector network or enterprise. In addition, authentication and authorization to access resources such as facilities or, sensitive data within that system are managed by associating user rights, entitlements, and privileges with the established identity. The question, “How do I know you are who you say you are and by what authority are you allowed access?” is, in part, a description of what IdM activities are trying to resolve. The mission of the IdM research projects is to develop, test, and evaluate interoperable tools, technologies, standards, and protocols for the purpose of controlling user access within and outside of organizational boundaries.
- Karyn Higa-Smith, DHS S&T Cyber Security Division, Program Manager Identity Management
- Eric Epley, Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, Executive Director