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By Richard Hill

Modular Decentralized Identity Architecture

A trend compelling IGA modernization is the need for an Identity driven security model; due to identity silos created by rapid cloud adoption. As organizations rethink their IAM/IGA systems, they may also need to utilize their existing systems while re-architecting their security environment to support new requirements. Keeping what it already has and having the ability to gradually migrate from these legacy systems to what it wants in the future using modern software architecture is pivotal. An Identity Fabric provides the agility and the integration support for what organizations already have while allowing organizations to move ahead at their own speed.

Commissioned by Kapstone

1 Introduction / Executive Summary

IT security is an ever-changing landscape that has evolved over time. The IT environment has moved on from the days of on-premises only application an ...

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2 Highlights

The IT security environment is continuing to evolve to meet the growing list of requirements

Everything as a service is where everything in the IT w ...

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3 The Ever-Changing IAM/IGA Digital Environment Landscape

It was once said that "The only constant in life is change" (), which is also true of Identity and Access Management (IAM). To get a sense of where ...

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3.1 From Traditional IAM to Federation

Traditionally, the IT environment has run within the walls of their perimeter. IAM solutions were more monolithic and centralized. Identities were man ...

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3.2 The Move to the Cloud

Cloud services gave organizations new options for IT, motivated by the business need to increase IT flexibility and scalability while reducing cost. U ...

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3.3 Looking Beyond B2E and B2B

As organizations began reaching out to their customers and gathering information about the consumers using their products & services, they found that ...

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3.4 Identity APIs

Now we are beginning to see Identity APIs platforms becoming available. This market is driven by the need to meet emerging IT requirements such as hyb ...

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3.5 Identity Governance and Administration (IGA)

When organizations realize that Identity and Access Governance is needed, the question often asked is where does IGA fits into all of this?

The Kupp ...

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4 Balancing the Existing IT Environment with New Requirements

Some of the areas discussed so far are of specific relevance to companies. Small to enterprise-sized organizations may often believe this is enough to ...

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4.1 Shifts in the Market

A trend that is going well beyond Identity and Access Management is that everything is becoming a service. So, we see new solutions running as Softwar ...

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4.2 Overarching Trends Affecting IAM/IGA

Some overarching trends are affecting IAM today. First, we now have this broader notion of Identity and Access Management. IAM is expanding beyond peo ...

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4.3 Moving Towards Standardized Services for Digital Identities

At a high level, Identity Fabrics are how KuppingerCole sees Identity and Access Management environments in the future and how they should be construc ...

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4.4 The Identity Fabric Provides an Identity API Layer

At a high level, organizations today have different types of identities that include more than just employees or even human identities that extend int ...

These Services also need to be delivered in modern architecture, and this may mean building a migration path from what an organization currently has t ...

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5 Kapstone's Modular Decentralized Identity Architecture

Organizations working through its requirements related to the ever-changing application and infrastructure architectures need to take a step back and ...

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5.1 The Kapstone Intelligent Identity Platform

The Intelligent Identity Platform is an abstraction layer that sits on top of multiple sources such as on-premises identity systems, Cloud PaaS, Cloud ...

Remember, Kapstone's Intelligent Identity Platform is a microservice container-based platform. Its modular architecture is one of the principles of th ...

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5.2 The Kapstone Provisioning Gateway

The Kapstone Provisioning Gateway (KP) aligns with the Identity Fabric through its platform's ability to interoperate and integrate with multiple iden ...

Key Features of Kapstone Provisioning Gateway

  • SaaS solution with Rapid application onboarding through No Code application integration

  • Inte ...

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5.3 Kapstone's Support for Standard APIs, Integrations, & DevSecOps

Another principle of Identity Fabrics is the use of Application Program Interfaces (APIs). APIs are vital to enabling a services-based approach to IAM ...

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6 Recommendations

There are many factors to consider when approaching Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) in your hybrid IT environment, and KuppingerCole reco ...

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