Identity Proofing Is the Cornerstone of Trust in a Digital Relationship

Archived Published: 13 October 2016 ID: G00312946

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Identity proofing is a crucial process necessary to establish and maintain trust in an identity. Available technologies provide varying levels of assurance. Technical professionals need a deeper understanding of identity proofing to better align it with the risks they are looking to mitigate.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • The Identity Proofing Process
    • Identity Proofing Services
      • The Identity Footprint
      • Geographic Differences
      • Remote vs. In-Person Identity Proofing
      • Dealing With Exceptions
      • Assurance Considerations
      • Privacy Considerations
    • Integration Patterns for Identity Proofing Services
    • Evaluating Identity Proofing Providers
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • Guidance
    • Formalize Identity Proofing as an Integral Part of the IAM Program
      • Match the Rigor and the Type of the Identity Proofing Process to Risk
      • Use a Multipronged Approach to Address Identity Proofing for All Use Cases
      • Select an Approach That Provides Good User Experience and Minimizes Failures by Legitimate Users
      • Select the Best Integration Model With the Identity Proofing Provider
      • Carefully Select Identity Binding Services for Best Long-Term Security
      • Use a Differentiated Approach to Identity Proofing
  • The Details
    • Fundamentals of Identity Proofing
    • Identity Assurance
      • Why Is Identity Proofing Needed?
    • Identity Proofing in the Life of an Identity
      • Identity Proofing for Different User Constituencies
      • Examples From the Real World (See Figure 11 to Figure 15)
    • Identity Proofing Standards and Frameworks
    • Related — But Different
    • Representative Identity Proofing Providers
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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