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Understanding the aim of Identification in IdAM is to control access by establishing accountability of the subject.

Let’s wrap up what you have learned.

  • For identification, we are looking to control access and to establish accountability. Granting or denying any access moving forward logically requires three things. We need a subject, and we need to know who that subject is, which is why we’re so concerned with the identification. We need to understand the object that is being accessed, and then we have something that acts as a mediator between the subject and the object. Think back to the example of your home.

  • It can be difficult to enforce accountability for any individual accessing that object. This is why establishing the ‘who’ is so important. Subjects may have different permissions, which links to privileges, and will need to be accountable for their actions. Unique identities should therefore be created. Even if the name representing that ID is duplicated (for example, if the same forename and surname are duplicated) the actual unique reference number underneath that needs to be unique.

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