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Orphan Account definition

Question asked by Tom Kelly on Apr 3, 2020
Latest reply on May 1, 2020 by Tom Kelly

I’ve been trying to simplify a leaver process and cutdown on the amount of workflow customizations that we use, to this end I’ve been testing the termination rule to handle removing any AD groups assigned to the leavers prior to deleting the accounts.


This is a required step in our leaver process in case there are any errors in the HR feed or the employee re-joins the company within an allowed timeframe, Allowing the AD account to be then re-enabled and reused.


However, this rule fails as the account is also deleted when the groups are removed.



Apparently, this is by design


If the account no longer has any access and is not mapped to an active user, it would become an orphaned account. This rule deletes the account(s) both for security reasons and to prevent the creation of an orphaned account.



Does anyone agree with RSA definition of an orphan account?


I’ve never come across this as a definition of an orphaned account. If an account is attached to a user then it’s not an orphan, the fact that they’re terminated is irrelevant.


I can’t think of anywhere else in IGL that uses this definition for orphan accounts.