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Application access management

Application access management

(also AAM)

Application access management definition

Application access management, often abbreviated as AAM, manages and secures user access to applications within an organization. It’s part of identity and access management (IAM), specifically focusing on controlling user access to software applications, ensuring only authorized users have access to specific applications.

See also: identity and access management, two-factor-authentication

Application access management examples

  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP): AAM can regulate who has access to ERP systems, controlling the information flow and maintaining data security.
  • Customer relationship management (CRM): AAM controls who can access customer data, ensuring that only authorized personnel can interact with sensitive customer information.

Advantages and disadvantages of application access management


  • Security: AAM significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized access to applications, helping to protect sensitive data.
  • Auditability: AAM provides a record of who accessed what application and when aiding in compliance and auditing processes.


  • Complexity: Implementing an AAM solution can be complex, requiring careful planning and management.
  • Cost: Depending on the scale, AAM can be quite expensive, considering both the software and administrative overhead.

Using application access management

  • AAM should be part of a comprehensive IAM strategy, incorporating aspects like multi-factor authentication (MFA) and single sign-on (SSO).
  • Organizations must regularly review and update their AAM policies to respond to changing business needs and threats.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security