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Deprovisioning

Deprovisioning

(also User De-Provisioning)

Deprovisioning definition

Deprovisioning is about taking away or limiting a user’s access to IT tools and data. This happens when, for example, an employee leaves or changes jobs, or there’s a security concern. In short, “provisioning” is giving access, and “deprovisioning” is taking it away when it’s not needed.

See also: cloud provisioning

In the context of IT and especially in cloud computing and identity and access management:

  • User Deprovisioning: If someone leaves or changes roles, their access to systems and data is removed or changed. This ensures old or changed roles don’t have unnecessary access.
  • Asset Deprovisioning: This is about taking away unused tech items, like software licenses. If a team stops using a software, the access is taken back.
  • Cloud Deprovisioning: In online services, this means stopping or limiting tools, storage, or access.
  • Security: Not deprovisioning correctly can risk safety. Old users might still get in, or data might get exposed.

For deprovisioning to work:

  • There’s a clear plan on who does what.
  • Checks to ensure removed access really is gone.
  • Tools to make the process fast and accurate.

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