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Architecting an Agile and Modern Identity Infrastructure

Published: 13 January 2020

ID: G00466351

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy , Erik Wahlstrom


The world of digital business is placing increasing demands on IAM infrastructure. Security and risk management technical professionals focused on IAM must evolve old architectural control points to a newer set of best practices for modern identity architecture that is intelligent and agile.

Table Of Contents


  • Business Drivers of Modern Identity
  • Agile IAM
  • Architectural Elements of Modern Identity
    • Admin-Time Functions
    • Runtime Functions
    • Analytics Functions
  • Evolving Architectural Design Principles
    • Access Control Point
    • Location of IAM Software
    • Administrators
    • Identity Providers and Their User Stores
    • Implementation Approach
  • Modern Authentication Involves a Network of Functions
  • Closing the Loop
  • IAM as an Agile and Intelligent Infrastructure


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