Common Identity Management Acronyms

December 2, 2020
Identity Management Acronyms

From ABAC to XML, here are the most common identity management acronyms.

Identity Management Acronyms

It can be a challenge to keep up with all of the Identity Management acronyms floating around. We've compiled 50+ of the most commonly used acronyms along with what they represent. If you're looking for additional resources, check out our Identity Management Reference Guide: Key Terms and Definitions.

50+ Identity Management Acronyms

Acronym Expanded Form
ABAC Attribute-based Access Control
AD Active Directory
ADAM Active Directory Application Mode
ADFS Active Directory Federation Services
ADSI Active Directory Services Interface
API Application Programming Interface
AuthN Authentication
AuthZ Authorization
Azure AD Azure Active Directory (Cloud)
CA Certificate Authority
CASB Cloud Access Security Broker
CSV Comma Separated Value (file)
DB Database
DDNS Dynamic DNS
DLL Dynamic Link Library
DNS Domain Name System
ERP Enterprise Resource Planning
FIDO2 Fast Identity Online
GUID Global Unique Identifier
IA Identity Assurance
IAM Identity and Access Management
IGA Identity, Governance, and Administration
IDaaS Identity as a Service
IdM Identity Management
IdP Identity Provider
LDAP Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
LDIF LDAP Directory Interface Format
MFA Multi-factor Authentication
MSP Managed Service Provider
MX Mail eXchanger Record
OID Object Identifier
OAuth Open Authorization
OTP One-Time Password
PACS Physical Access Control Systems
PAM Privileged Account Management or

Pluggable Authentication Module 

PAP Policy Administration Point
PBAC Policy Based Access Control
PDP Policy Decision Point
PEP Policy Enforcement Point
PIM Privileged Identity Management
PIP Policy Information Point
PIV Personal Identity Verification
PKI Public Key Infrastructure
PUM Privileged User Management
RBAC Role Based Access Control
REST Representational State Transfer
RFID Radiofrequency Identification
RSO Reduced Sign-On
SaaS Software as a Service
SAM Security Account Manager
SAML Security Assertion Markup Language
SCIM Simple Cloud Identity Management
SDK Software Development Kit
SEM Security Event Management
SIEM Security Information Event Management
SIM Security Information Management
SMTP Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
SOAP Simple Object Access Protocol
SoD Segregation/Separation of Duties
SoR System of Record
SQL Structured Query Language
SSL Secure Sockets Layer
SSO Single Sign-On
SSPR Self-Service Password Reset
STS Secure Token Service
TLS Transport Layer Security
UI User Interface
VDS Virtual Directory Services
XML Extensible Markup Language



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