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Blockchain: The Dawn of Decentralized Identity

Published: 30 September 2016

ID: G00303143

Analyst(s): Homan Farahmand


Privacy-preserving decentralized identity services are becoming more feasible. Blockchain platforms provide a suitable environment for these emerging solutions. This report guides technical professionals concerning the architecture of and the considerations for blockchain in IAM.

Table Of Contents


  • Digital Identity Evolution
    • Point-to-Point Trust Implications in a Centralized Identity Model
    • Identity Trust Fabric Benefits in a Decentralized Identity Model
    • Emergence of Identity Custodians as Attribute Authorities
    • Decentralized Identity Advancement
  • Decentralized Identity Functional Model
    • Core Functions
    • Extended Functions
  • Blockchain as an Underlying ITF Platform
  • Hashgraph as an Emerging Alternative to Blockchain
  • Key Use Cases
    • Special-Purpose Decentralized Identity
    • General-Purpose Decentralized Identity
  • Emerging Market Players
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • Decentralized Identity Key Components
    • Identity Wallet
    • The Identity Trust Fabric
    • The Identity Custodian
  • The Blockchain Ability to Implement ITF
    • Trust
    • Assurance
    • Provenance
    • Security
    • Scalability
    • Efficiency
  • Representative Vendor Profiles
    • Guardtime
    • Microsoft
    • Netki
    • Ping Identity
    • SecureKey
    • ShoCard
  • Blockchain Overview
    • Key Blockchain Concepts
    • Blockchain Platform
    • Blockchain Deployment Models

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