KuppingerCole Report
Advisory Note
By Warwick Ashford

Future of Identity Management

Digital identities are at the core of Digital Transformation, Information Security and Privacy, and therefore it has never been more important for enterprises to ensure they have the capability to manage identities effectively and efficiently in a rapidly changing business, regulatory and IT environment. This Advisory Note looks at the main trends and challenges to help businesses evolve their Identity Management strategies to become well-placed to meet existing, new, emerging and future requirements.

1 Executive Summary

As digital transformation gathers pace, the most significant trend is the move to the provision and consumption of everything as cloud-based services, ...

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2 Highlights

  • Digital transformation is driving business IT to move to a services-based model.
  • Organizations should start adopting service-oriented architecture ...
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3 Everything as a Service

Digital Transformation affects all businesses, and Digital Transformation is changing IT in businesses fundamentally by driving the move towards the a ...

Identity is becoming one of the new, essential security perimeters

Any organization thinking about the future of identity should consider moving ...

In line with predictions that cloud computing will continue to gain momentum and in anticipation of the market shift to everything as a service, some ...

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4 Identity Expanding

In an increasingly connected world, Identity Management is expanding rapidly beyond the people within a single organization to include people outside ...

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5 Identity Challenges

Identity is key to digital transformation, but Identity Management in this context is not without its challenges, which organizations need to understa ...

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5.1 Trustworthiness/Identity verification

In traditional B2E Identity Management scenarios, trustworthiness of identities is not really an issue as the systems are typically in-house, Identity ...

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5.2 Ease of use vs privacy/security

Registration processes that associate an identity with consumers/customers need to be as simple and as quick and as easy as possible, but at the same ...

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5.3 Personalization vs privacy/security

One of the key goals of customer/consumer engagement is to enable organizations to build a profile of users to tailor services and marketing to indivi ...

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5.4 Access Management capability vs cost

The success of Digital Transformation relies on an ability to manage the access of everyone and everything to every digital service, but adding Identi ...

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5.5 Keeping entitlements up to date

Keeping access entitlements current through access review to ensure access is granted only to authorized entities under approved circumstances and in ...

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5.6 Privileged access exploitation

An often under-addressed aspect of identity Management is Privileged Access Management (PAM), despite the fact that the risks of unmanaged privileges ...

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5.7 Diversity of the business environment

A growing number of business models, digital technologies and user types, and a growing volume of consumer/customer data both on premise and in the cl ...

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6 Artificial Intelligence and its impact on the Future of Identity Management

Artificial intelligence in the form of supervised unsupervised machine learning rather than Strong AI is finally becoming a reality thanks to recent i ...

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7 Identity Fabric: A future-proof approach

Taking all the challenges and likely future requirements of Identity Management into consideration, KuppingerCole Analysts believe that organizations ...

The transitional bi-modal and future services-based approach is supported by Identity API platforms that deliver a comprehensive set of services, incl ...

In this scenario, KuppingerCole Analysts believe it is essential to have a comprehensive, stable, consistent API layer on top of the Identity API plat ...

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8 Recommendations

KuppingerCole Analysts believe that Identity Management must evolve to become a service akin to an Identity utility that is easy to consume and flexib ...

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