What is a Credentials Management System?

What is a Credentials Management System?

Credential Management System (CMS) is software that allows service users (employees, customers, etc.) to issue, manage, or revoke user credentials. These credentials are the keys used to access an organization's services. When a single sign-on (SSO) isn't available, users use CMS as a storage space to save their credentials. CMS secures user credentials with encryption and blocks unauthorized access.

CMS is a part of the public key infrastructure (PKI), which includes encryption and authentication.

CMS is used to create, maintain, and store passwords, one-time passwords, digital certificates, tokens, biometric records, etc.