The User Identity Lifecycle

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Congratulations, you’ve recently hired a new employee. They’re going to need access to your system to get their job done. Have you actually ever thought about the steps that are involved in the IT department when a new user is added to their system? It’s called the User Identity Lifecycle, and every employee you’ve ever had gone through this process. Or they should have in order to have a secure and functioning IT system.


Your new employee needs to be added to your system. Meaning they’re going to need to be provided with the proper permissions to get into the systems to start learning and performing their job. This process can be complicated if your IT staff doesn’t know which level of access your new employee is going to require. It can mean wasted time and money for your company if they’re waiting to gain access to the right data, but on the other side, it can be a security risk if your new employee is given access to too much.

With a reliable IAM system in place, you can assign roles to those who are entering the user identity lifecycle. Those roles can give them attribute-based access that will automatically add and remove access rights for a user.


A transfer is exactly what it sounds like. This is when an employee within the company changes their position. So if your employee is given a new, higher role with more responsibilities. If you have a modern IAM solution in place it can be really easy to give them access rights to their new data for their new position. You can change their role and they’ll gain access to the new information.

On the other hand, if you’re data isn’t set up in such a way you could leave your new manager scrambling. They won’t have the information they need to keep information running smoothly.


This generation of potential employees tends to stay at any given job an average of 18 months to 3 years. Individuals move on to what they feel is going to be a better experience, so your company is going to have the movement of users in your IT systems likely. It’s more than just taking their name off the payroll if you leave their accesses available it can mean a severe security risk for your company!

Approximately 49% of former employees can still log into their accounts after they’ve left their jobs. These hidden, or zombie, accounts existing in your system can leave you open to data leaks, computerizing your company’s integrity and possibly making your organization the next big headline. No one wants that kind of publicity.

Protect your company with a strong IAM system. We at EST Group can help you to create a system that does what you need. We specialize installed IAM systems, let us help you get back on the right track. Contact us today for a consultation.

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