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Use Identity Assurance to Combine Proofing and Authentication for Access Management

Published: 12 November 2014

ID: G00271003

Analyst(s): Trent Henry


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

Table Of Contents



  • 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
  • How It Works
    • IDA Comprises Identity Proofing Along With Authentication Strength and Electronic Credential Management
    • Identity Proofing Includes Several Techniques and Critical Life Cycle Steps
    • Credential Management Governs the Strength of an Authenticator and Its Effectiveness at Representing Identity
    • IDA Is Supported by a Number of Government Initiatives, Standards and Frameworks


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