KuppingerCole Report
Leadership Compass
By John Tolbert

Cloud-based MFA Solutions

This report provides an overview of the market for Cloud-based Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Solutions and provides you with a compass to help you to find the service that best meets your needs. We examine the market segment, vendor service functionality, relative market share, and innovative approaches to providing Cloud-based MFA Solutions.

1 Introduction

Identity and Access Management (IAM) systems have continued to evolve significantly over the last two decades. Increasing security and improving usabi ...

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1.1 Market Segment

This market segment is mature but constantly evolving, due to innovations in authenticator technology and risk analysis engines. We expect to see more ...

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1.2 Delivery models

In this Leadership Compass, we consider cloud-based solutions only. See the recently released KuppingerCole Leadership Compass on Adaptive Authenticat ...

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1.3 Required Capabilities

Various technologies support all the different requirements customers are facing today. The requirements are

  • Support multiple authenticators such a ...
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2 Leadership

**Selecting a vendor of a product or service must not be only based on the comparison provided by a KuppingerCole Leadership Compass. The Leadership C ...

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2.1 Overall Leadership

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We find several companies in the Leader section. Microsoft, Idaptive, and Entrust are at the top, showing strong ratings in all Leadership categories. ...

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2.2 Product Leadership

Product Leadership is the first specific category examined below. This view is mainly based on the analysis of product/service features and the overal ...

Product Leadership, or in this case, Service Leadership, is where we examine the functional strength and completeness of services. Idaptive is at ...

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2.3 Innovation Leadership

Next, we examine innovation in the marketplace. Innovation is, from our perspective, a key capability in all IT market segments. Customers require ...

When looking at Innovation Leadership, Idaptive is slightly ahead of all others, based on excellent support for leading edge authentication techniques ...

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2.4 Market Leadership

Lastly, we analyze Market Leadership. This is an amalgamation of the number of customers, the geographic distribution of customers, the size of de ...

Microsoft is the Market leader, due to its large global customer base, partner and support network.

Entrust Datacard, Gemalto, Idaptive, Okta, One ...

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3 Correlated View

While the Leadership charts identify leading vendors in certain categories, many customers are looking not only for a product leader, but for a vendor ...

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3.1 The Market/Product Matrix

The first of these correlated views contrasts Product Leadership and Market Leadership. ...

In this comparison, it becomes clear which vendors are better positioned in our analysis of Product Leadership compared to their position in the Marke ...

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3.2 The Product/Innovation Matrix

This view shows how Product Leadership and Innovation Leadership are correlated. It is not surprising that there is a pretty good correlation between ...

In this chart, Idaptive, Microsoft, and Okta are above the line in the Technology Leader position. Entrust and Symantec lie directly on the line in th ...

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3.3 The Innovation/Market Matrix

The third matrix shows how Innovation Leadership and Market Leadership are related. Some vendors might perform well in the market without being Innova ...

Vendors above the line are performing well in the market compared to their relatively weak position in the Innovation Leadership rating; while vendors ...

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4 Products and Vendors at a glance

This section provides an overview of the various products we have analyzed within this KuppingerCole Leadership Compass on Cloud-based MFA. Aside from ...

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4.1 Ratings at a glance

Based on our evaluation, a comparative overview of the ratings of all the products covered in this document is shown in table 1. ...

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In addition, we provide in table 2 an overview which also contains four additional ratings for the vendor, going beyond the product view provided in t ...

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Table 2 requires some additional explanation regarding the “critical” rating.

In Innovativeness, this rating is applied if vendors provide none or ...

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5 Product/service evaluation

This section contains a quick rating for every product/service we’ve included in this KuppingerCole Leadership Compass document. For many of the produ ...

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5.1 Entrust Datacard

Entrust Datacard commands a large share of the global EMV market and has thousands of customers across the globe, serving millions of users, in both t ...

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5.2 Gemalto (was acquired by Thales eSecurity in 2019/04)

Gemalto, founded in 2006 in France and currently headquartered in the Netherlands, delivers IAM, encryption, and big data tools. It is also the world’ ...

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5.3 HID Global

HID Global is part of ASSA Abloy, which is headquartered in Sweden. ASSA Abloy is a publicly-traded conglomerate that also produces many physical acce ...

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5.4 Idaptive

Idaptive (formerly Centrify), well-known for its privilege management and cross-platform identity solutions, also offers MFA as SaaS. Idaptive’s MFA f ...

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5.5 ID Data Web

ID Data Web was founded in 2011 outside the Beltway in Northern Virginia as a spin out of Criterion Systems, an IT services firm specializing in cyber ...

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5.6 Microsoft

Microsoft Azure Active Directory is their well-known cloud-based identity and access management service. The adaptive authentication offering is archi ...

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5.7 Okta

Okta platform offers an adaptive MFA service in conjunction with their multi-tenant enterprise IDaaS solution. Okta has a focus on security, with FedR ...

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5.8 One Identity

Originally founded in 2000, One Identity became a distinct legal entity of Quest Software in 2017. The company is a leading IAM vendor with multiple ...

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5.9 OneSpan

VASCO has been re-named OneSpan. The cloud service considered here is OneSpan’s Intelligent Adaptive Authentication based on its open architected Trus ...

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5.10 Ping Identity

PingIdentity has been a pioneer in identity federation since its inception in 2002. PingFederate was the flagship product, but Ping has expanded and c ...

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5.11 Symantec

California-based Symantec, well-known for cybersecurity and information security solutions, also is a provider of IAM services, including cloud-delive ...

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5.12 ThreatMetrix

ThreatMetrix was recently acquired by LexisNexis Risk Solutions. ThreatMetrix is known for its threat intelligence services, which cover device, domai ...

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6 Vendors and Market Segments to watch

Aside from the vendors covered in detail in this Leadership Compass document, we also observe other vendors in the market that we find interesting. So ...

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6.1 AvocoSecure

AvocoSecure is a privately-owned UK company offering Cloud and Adaptive Authentication services. Their product is called Trust Platform. Trust Platfor ...

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6.2 CA Technologies

CA Identity Portfolio comprises Identity Management and Governance, Privileged Access Management, Single Sign-On, Advanced Authentication, and Directo ...

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6.3 Duo Security

Duo Security provides a scalable MFA solution that can support a small to enterprise-size user base. Duo Security focuses on reducing the complexity o ...

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6.4 IBM

IBM Security Access Manager (SAM) is their tightly integrated adaptive authentication package. SAM can run on a hardware or virtual appliance, either ...

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6.5 Iovation

Portland, OR based Iovation was founded in 2004. It was acquired by TransUnion in May of 2018. The company provides an integrated MFA and fraud reduct ...

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6.6 NokNok Labs Strong Authentication SaaS

NokNokLabs, a Silicon Valley based startup, has delivered a set of mobile-oriented products that perform adaptive authentication, in conformance with ...

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6.7 RSA Adaptive Authentication and SecurID Access

RSA is a major player in the security hardware and software markets. Their Adaptive Authentication product, part of the RSA® Fraud and Risk Intellig ...

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6.8 United Security Providers Secure Entry Server

USP is a Swiss-based vendor of security solutions. Their Secure Entry Server combines access management, federation, authorization, network access con ...

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Methodology

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