Gartner Research

Molding Identity Into the Internet of Things

Published: 29 June 2016

ID: G00303076

Analyst(s): Erik Wahlstrom

Summary

The diversity of the Internet of Things (IoT) makes Identities of Things (IDoT) hard to architect and manage for IoT solution architects. Users, devices, gateways, platforms, applications and services all have a part to play in IoT solutions and need identities to form a secure and trusted IoT.

Table Of Contents
  • The Disconnect Between Hardware, Platform and IAM Vendors
  • The Role of Your IAM Platform
  • The Difference in Requirements Between Industrial IoT and Consumer IoT
  • The Challenge of Distributed Policy Management
  • The Impact of Protocols on Authorization, Policy and Privacy
  • The Bootstrapping Problem — an IoT Conundrum
  • Panoply of Credentials
  • Layering of Protocols
  • Multicast
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

Guidance

  • Form the Full Picture of Identity of Things
  • Assess IoT Capabilities Within Your IAM Platform
  • Centralize Policy Management
  • Stack Authentication in Multiple Layers to Achieve End-to-End Trust
  • Build User-Centric IoT Solutions, Even for IIoT
  • Select the Right Mechanisms for the Job
  • Use Access Tokens in Offline Scenarios

The Details

  • Credentials
  • Authentication and Authorization
    • Physical and Link Layer
    • Transport Layer
    • Application-Layer Authentication and Its Usage in Common IoT Protocols
  • IoT Gateways

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