Gartner Research

Improving Runtime Authorization Maturity

Published: 25 May 2017

ID: G00320089

Analyst(s): Homan Farahmand


Externalized runtime authorization is becoming more common for mitigating digital risk and meeting compliance obligations. This report provides a maturity model for technical professionals to enhance underlying architecture by modernizing policy management and establishing enforcement patterns.

Table Of Contents


  • Externalized Runtime Authorization
    • Flow of Operation
    • Recent Advancements
    • Emerging Standard Specifications
  • Maturity Model
    • Maturity Model Criteria
    • Runtime Authorization Deployment Model
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • Selecting Authorization Patterns and Policy Management Approach
    • Front-End Tier Authorization Pattern
    • Middle-Tier Authorization Pattern
    • Back-End Tier Authorization
    • Policy Management Approach for Each Pattern
  • Architectural Considerations for Authorization Patterns
    • Portal Access
    • API Access
    • Application Access
    • Data Access
    • Federated Access
  • Example of Runtime Authorization Vendors
    • EAM
    • WAM
    • API Gateway
    • Emerging Policy Management Vendors

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