Understanding digital identity

What is digital identity?

Digital identity is an electronic representation of a person, entity, or device and consists of the credentials necessary to gain access to resources in a network or online. Whether you’re accessing your phone with facial recognition or using your username and password to check email, chances are you’re invoking digital identity dozens of times every day.

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Traditional endpoint security is no longer enough

The proliferation of cloud applications and mobile devices, as well as an increasingly decentralized workforce, have eroded the once well-defined network perimeter. In today’s complex ecosystem, organizations must now focus on securing the identity –a credential user, who by default, is not permitted to see or do anything whether in or outside of the network. This approach is commonly referred to as zero trust.

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Zero trust and digital identity

A zero trust architecture limits the damage a bad actor can do. It essentially puts locks on the doors to the rooms where data lives. So, while the bad actor might get into the network through a phishing attack, they’ll be stuck in the hallway looking at a bunch of doors they can’t open.

At the core of zero trust lies identity and access management (IAM), which are the policies and technologies to ensure that the right users have access to the right data and applications, for the right reasons.

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Digital identity in healthcare

Digital identity is uniquely complex in healthcare as a clinician’s role, devices, and locations change rapidly. But the methods of securing those identities must be transparent or users will work around them and negate the goal of putting strong security in place to begin with. By focusing on digital identity, healthcare organizations can solve their critical workflow, security, and compliance challenges.

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The digital identity framework

You can’t wait for a holistic digital identity strategy, which is why we’ve outlined a strategic approach to managing identities across complex networks. Address the key requirements for a robust strategy with governance and administration, identity management, authorization, and access and authentication.

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