Gartner Research

Balancing the Identity and Risk Equation With Identity Assurance Frameworks

Published: 23 January 2013

ID: G00246530

Analyst(s): Trent Henry


Identity is a key enabler of business; it supports both customization and security in today's electronic environment. Understanding identity strength is critical for federation and cloud, but it's often left wanting. Government standards and certifying Trust Framework Providers are closing the gap.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Risks of Relying on Identity
  • The Life Cycle of Strong Identity
  • Identity Assurance Standards
    • OMB M-04-04
    • NIST SP 800-63-1
  • Identity, Credential and Access Management
  • Identity Assurance Frameworks
    • Kantara Identity Assurance Certification Program
    • Open Identity Exchange
    • InCommon Identity Assurance Assessment Framework
    • SAFE-BioPharma
  • Related Initiatives
  • Strengths
    • Bring Your Own Identity
    • Standardization
    • Grading
    • Auditability
    • Assessor Independence
    • High Assurance
  • Weaknesses
    • Long Term, Not Short Term
    • Process Overhead
    • Breadth of Support
    • Unclear Business Model
  • Embrace the NIST Identity Assurance Standards
  • Conduct a Risk Analysis
  • Identify the LOA(s) Appropriate for You
  • Include Identity Assurance in RFPs
  • Evaluate and Select TFPs
  • Don't Stop at Identity Assurance

The Details

  • Phase 1: Proofing
  • Phase 2: Credentialing
    • Credential Strength
  • Phase 3: Provisioning
  • Phase 4: Credential Use
  • Phase 5: Credential Verification
  • Phase 6: Attribute Use

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