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Guidance for Decentralized Identity and Verifiable Claims

Published: 24 January 2020

ID: G00392042

Analyst(s): Homan Farahmand


Decentralized identity will disrupt identity management by enabling privacy-enhanced verifiable identity data exchange over the internet. Security and risk management technical professionals should identify relevant use cases and prepare for applicable adoption scenarios.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

  • Decentralized Identity
  • Verifiable Claims

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Decentralized Identity Concept of Operations
  • Verifiable Claim Exchange Implementation Example
    • Step 1: Set Up the Decentralized Identity Ecosystem
    • Step 2: Establish Data Exchange Schema Standards
    • Step 3: Issue the Diploma Credential
    • Step 4: Verify the Diploma Credential
    • Step 5: Issue the Employment Certification
    • Step 6: Verify the Employment Certification
    • Step 7: Record Identifiers and ITF State
  • Decentralized Identity Technology Stack
    • Application Layer
    • Decentralized Identity Implementation Layer
    • Data Protection and Authentication Layer
    • Identifier Layer
    • Identity Trust Fabric Layer
  • Decentralized Identity Standardization and Open Source
  • Decentralized Identity Architecture
    • Decentralized Identity Network
    • Decentralized Identity Services
  • Decentralized Identity Planning Considerations
    • Business Stream
    • Technical Stream
  • Emerging Zero-Knowledge Proof Technologies
  • Decentralized Identity Sample Vendors

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