Published: 18 December 2002
Analyst(s): Douglas Moench
As IT architects and security officers implement identity management services application developers, application buyers, and systems integrators are faced with the decision of how, or whether, to leverage these services. It is important for applications to interface with the infrastructure at an appropriate level, whether through directory services, access management services, provisioning services, portals, or a combination of theses methods. In "Developing an Identity Management Applications Taxonomy," Senior Consultant Doug Moench discusses criteria for selecting appropriate directory, authentication, authorization, and PKI services for different types of applications. Moench recommends planners use an "Application Taxonomy" tool in conjunction with Burton Group's Directory and Security Strategies Reference Architecture, and gives an example of this approach. Using an Application Taxonomy, IT architects or security officers can better group and classify applications based on their identity management needs, and develop guidelines for application developers, buyers, or integrators.
Identify the General Characteristics of Each Application
Application Alternatives for Identity, Authentication, and Authorization Services
Case Study: Building an “Application Taxonomy”
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