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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

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Walkthrough of Digital Identity in the Enterprise, covers basic concepts to support you in understanding the main challenges around digital identity.

Chapter 2, The Cloud Era and Identity, explains how the cloud and the modern architectural pattern add further challenges around the topic of identity

Chapter 3, OAuth 2.0 and OIDC, describes the most widely used identity protocol in cloud applications.

Chapter 4, Authentication Flows, provides an overview of different ways to adopt OAuth according to the context.

Chapter 5, Exploring Identity Patterns, looks at some basic patterns to be used with OAuth and also maps typical identity requirements with the related impact on application design.

Chapter 6, Trends in API Authentication, covers identity design from a high-level point of view: how an API portfolio of a company may look and how identity patterns can be implemented. It describes how new trends such as service meshes map with identity strategies.

Chapter 7, Identity Providers in the Real World, provides an overview of the various choices we have for IdPs by mentioning the most common ones in enterprise and high-level specifications.

Chapter 8, Real-World Identity Provider – A Zoom-In on Azure Active Directory, provides a zoom-in on the capabilities of a specific identity provider (Azure Active Directory). This will help you to understand the typical customizations and features available and how to leverage them to facilitate an identity strategy.

Chapter 9, Exploring Real-World Scenarios, focuses on the experience we have collected in the real world. The chapter covers the 360-degree impact of identity within an organization. It will also help you to understand how enterprise structure can affect strategic choices and how important it is to have the technical team connected with the business team for a long-term winning strategy within a company.