Gartner Research

Fundamentals of Identity Assurance

Published: 10 January 2013

ID: G00238762

Analyst(s): Trent Henry


Identity assurance (IDA) combines identity proofing, authentication strength and electronic credential management in order to mitigate risks of online applications and transactions. Correct execution is crucial for trust.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Description of IDA

Business Context

  • Organizations Need to Know Who Users Are in Order for Transactions to Flow Properly
  • Enterprises Don't Necessarily Want to Perform All IDA Tasks Themselves
  • IDA Is Often a Critical Building Block for Seamless, Yet Secure, User Interactions With Internal and External Resources

Architectural Context


  • IDA Comprises Identity Proofing Along With Authentication Strength and Electronic Credential Management
  • Identity Proofing Includes Several Techniques and Critical Life Cycle Steps
    • Knowledge-Based Authentication
    • Other Types of Proofing
    • When Is Identity Proofing Performed?
  • Credential Management Governs the Strength of an Authenticator and Its Effectiveness at Representing Identity
    • Threats to Credentials and Their Management
    • Controls
  • IDA Is Supported by a Number of Government Initiatives, Standards and Frameworks

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