The identity of an entity is a dynamic collection of the entity’s attributes.

An entity has at least one identity, consisting of a number of attributes that need not necessarily be unique for that entity, but which are nonetheless useful when attempting to distinguish several entities. Common examples of such attributes include name, date and place of birth, address, the identity of parents, etc.

As such, the identity is a fluid and evolving philosophical concept, rather than a practical one: as it is impossible for any one identity management system to gather all attributes of any specific entity, identity management systems must focus on a specific subset of relevant attributes.

The process of binding an identity to en entity is called authentication when performed by the entity.

Category Identity And Authorization Management
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