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Hype Cycle for Identity and Access Management Technologies, 2020

Published: 16 July 2020

ID: G00450324

Analyst(s): Ant Allan


Several innovations make their debuts in this year’s Hype Cycle, as IGA, identity proofing and phone-as-a-token authentication bid their farewells. Decentralized identity teeters at the peak. Changes along the Hype Cycle reflect shifts in interest and adoption, tracking increased digitalization.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management
    • UMA
    • Zero-Knowledge Proofs
    • 5G Security
    • Internet of Things Authentication
  • At the Peak
    • Machine Identity Management
    • Mobile MFA
    • Secure Multiparty Computing
    • Decentralized Identity
    • FIDO Authentication Protocols
    • SCIM
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • SaaS-Delivered IAM
    • API Access Control
    • Bring Your Own Identity
    • OpenID Connect
    • Mobile Identity
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Externalized Authorization Management
    • Enterprise Digital Rights Management
    • Customer IAM
    • IAM Managed Services
    • OAuth 2.0
    • Biometric Authentication Methods
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Document-Centric Identity Proofing
    • X.509 Hardware Tokens for User Authentication
    • Privileged Access Management
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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