Identity Management

  • Julian Ashbourn


The phrase ‘identity management’ (which, incidentally, the author first coined more than 15 years ago in the context of biometrics) may mean different things to different people in different situations. Clarifying exactly what we want it to mean within the context of a given application is important if we are to realise our identity management objectives for that application. We must also consider the mechanisms by which we aim to create, store and subsequently verify an identity, as well as the attendant roles and responsibilities around the associated processes. When we add a biometric into the equation, these mechanisms become more complex and require a more sophisticated form of management. Consequently, identity management is an area where precise definition and clarity of purpose are paramount. Furthermore, we must consider identity and identity management from the individual user’s perspective, ensuring that our processes are transparent, ethical and easily understood by all concerned. This is especially important when records need to be verified or updated. This chapter presents us with an opportunity to consider the concept of identity management, as it aligns with our own situation.


User Profile Identity Management Access Control Model Identity Verification Digital Certificate 
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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Verus MundusHertfordshireUK

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