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Decision Point for Selecting Runtime Authorization Architecture Patterns

Published: 06 May 2016

ID: G00298217

Analyst(s): Homan Farahmand


Authorization policy management practices are key to mitigating digital process access risk and meeting compliance obligations. IAM teams must optimize authorization architecture by standardizing runtime authorization patterns for new system development and legacy modernization initiatives.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point Question

Decision Overview

  • Alternatives
    • Runtime Authorization Architecture Patterns
    • Policy Management Overview

Decision Tool

  • Authorization Architecture Pattern Decision
    • Front-End Tier Authorization Pattern Decision
    • Middle Tier Authorization Pattern Decision
    • Back-End Tier Authorization Decision

Requirements and Constraints

  • Key Requirements
    • Policy Management
  • Key Constraints
    • Colocating PDP With PEP
    • Remote PDP

Architectural Consideration

  • Portal Access
  • API Access
  • Application Access
    • Bottom-Up, Permission-Centric Subpattern
    • Top-Down, Authority-Centric Subpattern
  • Data Access
  • Federated Access

Future Developments

  • Authorization as a Service
  • Emergence of Digital Policy Management
  • Natural Language to Digital Policy Conversion

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