What is federated Identity? How it works and its importance to enterprise security

At the very heart of enterprise security is the tension between convenience and safety. The business longs for the ease of users, in competition with the demands of security. Authentication is a main theater for this tension, directly impacting the onboarding and login experience. Federated identity is at the forefront in addressing this tension, affording a good user experience without sacrificing security.

Federated identity management (FIM) makes it possible to share a single digital identity across many services. As end users, we are familiar with the experience of logging into an application using an account from a third party: for example, logging into Twitter using your Google account. This is one form of FIM.

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