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Solution Path: A Guide to Understanding, Designing and Implementing Authentication Solutions

Published: 31 July 2015

ID: G00271001

Analyst(s): Anne Elizabeth Robins, Trent Henry


User authentication is an essential element of modern IT systems, yet architects planning and implementing solutions can find it complex and confusing. This document highlights critical research and architecture decisions to create a secure and usable authentication solution.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

Solution Path Diagram

What You Need to Know

Solution Path

  • Step 1.0: Start With Authentication Essentials
  • Step 2.0: Assess Risks and Determine Assurance Levels
  • Step 3.0: Create an Initial Authentication Architecture
    • Step 3.1: Assess Requirements for Cloud, Mobile, IoT and Consumer Identity
    • Step 3.2: Refine the Architecture
  • Step 4.0: Implement Stronger Authentication per Risk Requirements

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