Gartner Research

Deploying OAuth and OpenID Connect for Enterprise Use Cases

Published: 03 September 2013

ID: G00252923

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy


To meet the challenges that mobile apps and cloud services pose to the enterprise, newer identity protocols such as OAuth and OpenID Connect have evolved and are increasingly being deployed.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Evolution
  • Enterprise Use Case Scenarios
  • Core OAuth 2.0 Delegation Use Case Example
  • Mobile Apps
    • Inbound: Customer Uses Mobile App for Access to Enterprise Service
    • Outbound: Employee Accesses SaaS Application via Mobile App
  • API Protection
    • Partner Uses API to Access Enterprise Service
  • Web Access
    • Inbound: Customer With OpenID Connect Social Identity Accesses Enterprise SAML-Based Web Application via Browser
    • Outbound: Enterprise User Accesses SAML-Enabled Partner's REST Applications Without Additional Logon
  • Trust
  • Management of User Attributes and Permissions
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Adopt OAuth 2.0 If Cross-organizational Access to REST Applications Is Required
  • Base New OpenID IDPs on OpenID Connect Rather Than OpenID 2.0
  • Implement Lower-Assurance Use Cases First
  • Plan to Need to Perform Additional Assurance Steps If Upgrading an OpenID 2.0 IDP to a Higher-Assurance OpenID Connect IDP
  • Choose Trust Relationships Carefully
  • Evaluate Accepting Social Logins to Consumer Web Applications
  • Avoid Creating Shadow Accounts If Possible

The Details

  • OAuth 2.0
  • OpenID Connect
  • Adoption

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