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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

Identity in the cloud era

Nowadays, there are plenty of standards, protocols, and practices related to identity. Some of them have been outlined in the previous chapter and are must-know concepts for an identity expert. Regardless, these concepts can get very complicated.

Just to give a brief idea of what we are talking about, the following is a list (but not an exhaustive report) of the available standards at the time of writing. It is important to note that some of the standards or protocols we have mentioned are still in draft (under development) at the time of writing:

  • Passwordless:
    • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C):
      • WebAuthn
    • FIDO:
      • Client to Authenticator Protocol (CTAP)
  • Authentication/authorization: