Managing user access privileges and identities is crucial in today’s dynamic landscape of enterprise IT. As organizations embrace modern digital transformation initiatives and take on more complex IT infrastructures, the need for dynamic identity management solutions becomes even more important.

Enter Oracle Identity Manager (OIM), a comprehensive set of tools that deliver comprehensive identity governance and administration capabilities to address the multifaceted hurdles of identity and access management (IAM).

This article will discuss how Oracle identity management, access, and other user security features enable more effective data management and where our senior-level Oracle consultants can fit in your organization.

What is Identity and Access Management (IAM)?

Identity and Access Management (IAM) oversees the complete lifecycle of user identities and rights across all enterprise resources in cloud and data centers. It authenticates users and manages access to networks, systems, and data, making it a fundamental control of cloud security. Cloud identity managers grant users access to various on-premise and cloud applications and manage viewership as user roles and permissions evolve.

Another tool for verifying user identity is a zero-trust approach. Cloud identity management systems use open standards integration to reduce overhead and maintenance costs. With a zero-trust approach, organizations can also verify user identities and their corresponding access privileges for certain systems or areas of the software.

IAM solutions allow administrators to control user digital identities and guarantee the right people have access to individual and organizational resources. By leveraging intelligent Oracle products, administrators can monitor user activity, generate reports based on activity, and apply policies that guarantee user adherence to company policies.

The Importance of IAM

IAM plays a pivotal role in defending corporate assets from cybersecurity risks. IAM systems ensure that user access rules and regulations are applied consistently throughout an organization and resource entitlements are adjusted for users who switch roles or require additional permissions over time.

Organizations that lack automated resource monitoring and management tools are often exposed to compromised individuals and data breaches. IAM is a crucial tool for managing the consistency of access between several cloud services and on-premises data centers. Organizations require an IAM strategy to improve visibility into corporate users and their activity, defend against identity-based attacks, and maintain critical cloud settings across user groups.

What is Oracle Identity Manager?

Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions are provided by Oracle’s Identity Manager (OIM), a comprehensive identity management system created by Oracle Corporation to eliminate the need for repeated modifications to users, roles, and groups. It controls user identities, resources, and access privileges within an enterprise’s IT system, offering critical features for user provisioning, role-based access control (RBAC), access request and approval workflows, password management, compliance reporting, and auditing.

The IAM platform provides scalable directory services, access control, and identity governance solutions. It also assists businesses in enhancing security, streamlining compliance, and seizing opportunities related to cloud and enterprise technology advancement. 

Whether a company is cloud-focused or manages a diverse services ecosystem in-house, Oracle offers identity and access solutions that support every step of its end-to-end cloud journey.

Key Capabilities of IAM

Administrators can limit individual user access to systems or networks by implementing role-based access control within Oracle’s prebuilt IAM solutions. Its primary functions include gathering user data, maintaining user IDs, and coordinating access rights with an emphasis on identity life cycle management. 

tf Other critical IAM capabilities include:

  • Directory services: Combines credential synchronization and management tools in a single platform.
  • Access management: Utilizes single sign-on (SSO) and Multifactor authentication (MFA) enablement to control centralized access regulations.
  • Identity governance: Tracks key activities throughout user account life cycles, such as provisioning and permission updates.
  • Identity analytics: Uses machine learning functionality to assess and address suspicious identity activities.
  • Single sign-on (SSO): Simplifies service access by combining user credentials and passwords into a strong, password-enabled account.
  • User provisioning: Streamlines the creation and supply of new user accounts.
  • Risk-based authentication: Computes the risks associated with user actions through predefined algorithms and reports and blocks actions with a high-risk score.
  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA): Enables strong authentication by adding secondary authentication measures to ensure user identity and reduce the risk of compromised credentials.
  • Identity governance and administration (IGA): Limits entitlements to reduce the risk of negligent access rights and privileges.

Components of Oracle Identity Manager

Here’s a look at some of the main components of Oracle Identity Manager:

  • Oracle Internet Directory (OID): This directory server keeps its information directly in the Oracle Database.
  • Oracle Security Developer Tools (OSDT): A library that gives application programmers access to XML security implementations, encryption techniques, and more.
  • Oracle Virtual Directory (OVD): A directory virtualization solution that reveals data from several LDAP directories as a single directory and single schema.
  • Oracle Identity Federation (OIF): A united single sign-on identity federation solution that supports SAML and Liberty procedures.
  • Oracle Single Sign-On (OSSO): Oracle’s original web single sign-on (SSO) tool.
  • Oracle Entitlements Server (OES): An intelligent server that offers XACML-expressible centralized management of security policies and enables developers to create a framework for controlling access control policies.
  • Directory Integration Platform (DIP): A directory synchronization and provisioning platform that supports data synchronization between heterogeneous systems, such as databases, flat files, LDAPs from different vendors, and Oracle eBusiness Suite HRMS.

Oracle Identity and Access Management (IAM) Products

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Identity and Access Management

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Identity and Access Management delivers a cloud-native identity and access service, a key feature of any multi-cloud and hybrid environment. Oracle allows the quick onboarding of users and services and meets ever-changing security objectives with highly adaptable access policies and support for various IT applications and services.


  • Uses open APIs to integrate identity management into custom applications
  • Offers a cloud-native IDaaS platform
  • Delivers instant scaling and capacity planning features
  • Unifies user identity through single sign-on capabilities
  • Tracks users and access rights across the entire user lifecycle
  • Incorporates advanced, adaptive authentication services
  • Supports on-premises and multi-cloud
  • Leverages context and risk-aware processes to facilitate third-party integrations and identify risk

Oracle Access Management

Oracle Access Management secures access by integrating identities and systems and providing risk-aware, end-to-end user authentication and single sign-on (SSO) features.


  • Provides seamless SSO for any device and application
  • Curates a secure ‘anytime, anywhere’ experience
  • Delivers accurate fraud prevention and risk-based authentication capabilities
  • Exemplifies simple security and comprehensive lifecycle management
  • Offers increased flexibility and security through various industry authorization standards and interoperability features
  • Integrates with custom, native, and third-party applications, data persistence frameworks, application servers, directory servers, content management systems, and portals
  • Automatically collects, leverages, and propagates device, identity, and geo context with context-aware calculations

Oracle Access Governance

Optimize governance initiatives with the flexibility to support cloud and on-premise environments, improve visibility, and recognize anomalies to limit security risks. 

This cloud-native governance solution supports compliance and governance requirements across various workloads, applications, identity platforms, and infrastructure. Oracle Access Governance delivers an instinctive user experience, offering insight into access rights, behaviors, and risks with advanced analytics.


  • Use cross-system remediation to reach entitlement consistency
  • Access micro-certification campaigns
  • Deliver an instinctual user experience
  • Support hybrid environments
  • Use consolidated access documents to improve efficiency
  • Leverage the identity hub to find entitlement data
  • Review self-service access to limit complexity

Oracle Identity Governance

Oracle Identity Governance has been acknowledged as one of the industry’s most complete identity governance solutions. It supports user administration, identity intelligence, privileged account management, and valuable analytics for actionable insight.


  • A complete view of user access with actionable reports and dashboards
  • Integrated user and role provisioning
  • Closed-loop remediation through embedded analytics for compliance and identity administration
  • Role lifecycle management and self-service access

Oracle Directory Services

Organizations can leverage Oracle Directory Services as a single, integrated platform to meet the evolving cloud, social, and mobile environments.


  • Multiplatform reliability and scalability to ensure optimal performance
  • Standards-based solutions to ease installation and management with various OS and hardware options for maximum flexibility and customization
  • Unified proxy, storage, virtualization, and synchronization capabilities

Oracle and Cerner AI Integration

The integration between Cerner Millennium and Oracle IAM helps healthcare organizations achieve seamless user provisioning and de-provisioning by streamlining identity and access management for healthcare organizations. Organizations can now address compliance with event-based and periodic certifications and deliver productive approvals to support identity-based business processes.

Secure Access to Enterprise Workloads

Adaptable workload protection

Oracle Identity and Access Management delivers various deployment options to protect on-premises and cloud workloads. Customers can meet their needs by choosing an appropriate identity solution, such as cloud-native identity as a service (IDaaS), an enterprise deployment delivered with software, cloud-native identity administration, and governance, or a hybrid environment with multiple solutions.

Dynamic and adaptable abilities for identity management

The highly configurable Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite 12c can be used as an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OIC) instance or as software installed on-premises. It allows businesses to deploy workloads on a specific infrastructure provider while allowing all access modes for workers, contractors, partners, and consumers. With Oracle Access Governance, a cloud-native service, users can expand their cloud capabilities by conducting access evaluations and periodic reviews as needed.

Embedded identity and access management

Cloud-native identity and access management tools give businesses the power to regulate who has access to vital resources through easily defined policies and rules applied to various on-premises and cloud-based apps.

Highly adaptable, integrated identity management

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and applications are connected with Oracle Identity solutions, which scale to millions of users and help businesses meet regulatory requirements while cutting unnecessary expenses.

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Whether you need help securing access to existing enterprise applications, verifying identities, or starting your journey with Oracle, Surety Systems can help.

Our senior-level Oracle consultants have the functional expertise and years of experience to lead your company to long-term success. We’ll also continue to assist after your initial Go-Live date, troubleshooting issues as soon as they arise and ensuring optimal user adoption.

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