Users are broadly "batched" through Security Groups. The question "what kind of person is he/she?" is answered by a Security Group. Individual users can belong to multiple Security Groups. A configuration can support as many Security Groups as desired.
For AMS-integrated clients Security Groups originate and are assigned to users in the AMS. For non-integrated clients Security Groups can be created and managed by HLAdmins – Super Admins - through the CCAdmin Microsite or the custom user upload tool.
Security Group setting area of the Edit Navigation Page
Baseline Security Groups
Core Security Groups exist across all clients. These are:
Any user who has not logged-in. This is best thought of as the absence of a Security Group.
Any logged in user. An authenticated user may or may not have Member status. Content and functionality is routinely protected to Authenticated - this can encourage account creation and the sharing of user data.
Users with member permissions. This is also commonly referred to as IsMember. Content and functionality is routinely protected to Members as a benefit of membership. Those with Member permissions also have access to content and functionality protected to Authenticated.
Global administrators with universal access and editing rights. These are also commonly referred to as "Super Admins".
Note that no Security Group exists for Community Admins. Community Admins are established for individual Communities and may be of any Security Group.
The baseline Security Groups allow sites to be created and comprehensively managed by the HLAdmins. Specific content and privileges can be protected to the Members. Other non-member accounts can exist as Authenticated. The default status of Public is conferred to those who have not identified themselves by logging in. Additional Security Groups can be created to achieve further business needs.
Additional Security Groups
Organizations with multiple types of memberships often represent those types of memberships with individual Security Groups, designating IsMember status as needed. Security Groups are commonly created to meet community needs. The most common of these is "Staff" for employees of the organization