Gartner Research

Adaptive Access Control Brings Together Identity, Risk and Context

Published: 22 August 2013

ID: G00250319

Analyst(s): Trent Henry


Dynamic, risk-based authentication and authorization decisions have been important in financial services for quite some time. These techniques are now expanding to mobile and enterprise, and they are using broader sources of user context that affect both security and user experience.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Evolving Terminology
  • Drivers for Adaptive Access
  • Authentication
  • Authorization
  • Identity Administration and Governance
  • Trust Elevation
    • Marginal Utility of Factors and Context
  • Market Landscape
  • Futures
    • When Is Context Evaluated?
    • New Elements and Context
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Revisit Mobility Strategy and Plans for Customer-Facing Infrastructure
  • Assess the Features and Plans of Vendor Landscape
  • Consider Potential Privacy Constraints
  • Establish a Position and Plan for Different Classes of Users and Enriching Identity

The Details

  • Vendor Ecosystem
    • Authentication (or Brokering)
    • Authorization
    • Trust Elevation
    • Web and Telephony Fraud Detection
  • Regulatory and Standards Landscape
    • FFIEC
    • Standards Efforts

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