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Cloud Identity Patterns and Strategies

By : Giuseppe Di Federico, Fabrizio Barcaroli
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Book Image

Cloud Identity Patterns and Strategies

5 (1)
By: Giuseppe Di Federico, Fabrizio Barcaroli

Overview of this book

Identity is paramount for every architecture design, making it crucial for enterprise and solutions architects to understand the benefits and pitfalls of implementing identity patterns. However, information on cloud identity patterns is generally scattered across different sources and rarely approached from an architect’s perspective, and this is what Cloud Identity Patterns and Strategies aims to solve, empowering solutions architects to take an active part in implementing identity solutions. Throughout this book, you’ll cover various theoretical topics along with practical examples that follow the implementation of a standard de facto identity provider (IdP) in an enterprise, such as Azure Active Directory. As you progress through the chapters, you’ll explore the different factors that contribute to an enterprise's current status quo around identities and harness modern authentication approaches to meet specific requirements of an enterprise. You’ll also be able to make sense of how modern application designs are impacted by the company’s choices and move on to recognize how a healthy organization tackles identity and critical tasks that the development teams pivot on. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to breeze through creating portable, robust, and reliable applications that can interact with each other.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Part 1: Impact of Digital Transformation
Part 2: OAuth Implementation and Patterns
Part 3: Real-World Scenarios

Additional features

On top of all the authentication capabilities that AAD provides as an implementation of the OAuth 2.0/OIDC specifications, AAD has built a set of management and security features that ease the tasks of both governing identities and their life cycles and securing access to the assets protected by AAD, such as applications and the data behind them. In this section, we will give you an overview of these features. Some of them require additional licensing (AAD Premium 1 and 2) in order to be used.

Conditional Access

Conditional Access is a security feature that can decide to grant or block a user from accessing AAD-federated applications according to specific conditions that are evaluated during a user’s authentication attempt.

The Conditional Access feature consists of creating policies where an administrator can define the conditions that trigger the policy and the actions that AAD must perform when those conditions are satisfied.

A Conditional...