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The Okta Identity Cloud

Okta is an enterprise grade identity management service, built in the cloud. IT can manage access across any application, person or device. Whether the people are employees, partners or customers or whether the applications are in the cloud, on premises or on a mobile device, Okta…

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The Okta Identity Cloud

Okta is an enterprise grade identity management service, built in the cloud. IT can manage access across any application, person or device. Whether the people are employees, partners or customers or whether the applications are in the cloud, on premises or on a mobile device, Okta…

Cyberark Conjur

Conjur is an open source interface to securely authenticate, control and audit non-human access across tools, applications, containers and cloud environments via a secrets management software solution. Secrets grant access to applications, tools, critical infrastructure and other…

Oracle Entitlements Server

Oracle Entitlements Server is an authorization solution.


The FreeRADIUS project, the open source implementation of RADIUS, is an IETF protocol for AAA (Authorisation, Authentication, and Accounting).

Delinea Server PAM

Delinea Server PAM solution (Cloud Suite and Server Suite) secures privileged access for servers on both on-premise and cloud/multi-cloud environments. It allows humans and machines to seamlessly authenticate, enforcing least privilege with just-in-time privilege elevation, increasing…

Styra Declarative Authorization Service
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The Styra Declarative Authorization Service (DAS), built on top of the open-source project Open Policy Agent (OPA), provides authorization through policy management across the cloud-native ecosystem. Styra DAS allows least-privilege access through APIs, identities, systems and services…

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Cloudentity provides a solution for authorization governance automation to modernize applications and secure digital business across an enterprise’s existing hybrid, multi-cloud and microservices infrastructure. The solution decouples identity and authorization and enables declarative…

Spring Security

Spring Security is a free and open source customizable authentication and access-control framework, now supported by VMware Tanzu. It is the de-facto standard for securing Spring-based applications, and a framework that focuses on providing both authentication and authorization to…

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PriorAuthNow automates medical prior authorizations in real time to benefit healthcare providers. PriorAuthNow’s platform aims to reduce the time to complete a prior authorization because it is integrated directly into a hospital's EHR platform and has direct connectivity to over…

Single Connect

Single Connect™ is a privileged access management platform from Kron which is offered to bring privileged accounts under control. With a range of products, Single Connect™ unifies privileged session management, password management, two-factor authentication, database access management…

Jericho Authorization Provider

The Jericho Authorization Provider from Jericho Systems in Dallas, Texas is an authorization solution.

Visa Advanced Authorization & Visa Risk Manager

Visa authorization solutions include Visa Advanced Authorization and Visa Risk Manager, two tools that work together. Visa Risk Manager helps to reduce fraud and increase approval rates by harnessing global data in real-time and creating authorization rules to streamline fraud operations.…

Axiomatics Reverse Query

Axiomatics offers an authorization solution.

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Single sign-on solution products that help to keep workforces connected to vital resources and applications across and between organisations of all sizes.

0 reviews fixes the problem of OAuth 2.0 implementation fragmentation, by acting as a universal adapter using its API. makes integrating OAuth faster.

Google Cloud Binary Authorization

Binary Authorization is a deploy-time security control that ensures only trusted container images are deployed on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) or Cloud Run. With Binary Authorization, users can require images to be signed by trusted authorities during the development process and…

Clarity Business Solutions

Clarity Business Solutions provides Software Engineering and Technical Management solutions.

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Aserto is a cloud-native authorization service providing enterprise-ready permissions and RBAC for SaaS applications.

Tencent Secrets Manager

Secrets Manager (SSM) on Tencent Cloud is a credential management service that enables users to create, retrieve, update and delete credentials throughout their lifecycle. SSM can be used with resource-level role authorization to manage sensitive credentials. With SSM, users and…

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Keycloak is an open source Identity and Access Management solution aimed at modern applications and services.

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NextLabs is a provider of policy-driven information risk management software for large enterprises. The software offers a cohesive solution for improving compliance and mitigating information risk by helping companies achieve safer and more secure internal and external collaboration,…

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Veza is the data security platform built on the power of authorization.

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Cerbos is an authorization solution for software, used to decouple and centrally manage the authorization logic across all applications and services to reduce repetition, gain visibility and push access changes instantly across the fleet.

Alepo AAA server

Designed to optimize network performance, Alepo’s Authentication, Authorization, Accounting (AAA) server is presented as a solution built for wireline, WiFi, and 3GPP mobile networks alike.

Google Identity Services

Google Identity is a service enabling developers to sign into apps and authorize apps to use Google services. Google Sign-In for iOS and macOS gets users into apps using a registration system they already use and trust: their Google account. And the Smart Lock service enables users…

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What are Authorization Systems?

Authorization systems are software that determines whether a given user profile or identity is allowed to access a system or perform a specific action. Authorization tools provide access control through centralized enforcement of access policy to a multi-user computer system. Authorization systems are usually part of larger identity processes, serving as the conclusion of a workflow that includes additional authentication and identity management functions.

Authorization capabilities are sometimes offered as a standalone product, which then integrates with other point solutions in the identity management and system access workflow. However, many solutions will offer authentication and authorization features within a single solution. Larger identity management suites have also become a more centralized and popular mechanism for delivering authorization capabilities alongside the other necessary identity-related processes.

Authorization vs. Authentication Systems

Authorization and authentication are closely-related functions, but there are important distinctions. Authorization systems determine what a user is allowed to do based on their identity profile. Authentication, in contrast, validates that the user is actually the user or identity that they claim they are.

The best way to understand the relationship between authentication and authorization is as an order of operations. Identity-based systems should first go through the authentication process for a user or identity, then determine what the authenticated user is allowed to do. Consolidated suites will often conduct this process in the background. Both pieces must nevertheless be present and functional to ensure secure access to a given system or piece of data.

Authorization Systems Comparison

When comparing different authorization systems, consider these factors:

  • Point vs. Suite Solution: There are a range of point solutions for authorization. However, the most popular and common solutions are broader suites that centralize all steps of the identification and access process into a single system. Consider whether the business needs a point solution to fit into existing structures, or if a complete overall and centralization would be more efficient.

  • Integrations: Any system with authentication capabilities will need to be able to integrate smoothly with other security and identity-based systems. Consider prebuilt or native integrations between each potential authorization product and the business’s existing tech stack.

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Authorization Systems Pricing

Authorization systems often include a variety of features, ranging from authentication support to Universal Directory. Most authentication tools sell these features individually. Businesses can pick and choose which features they want to pay for. Authentication tools typically charge a subscription model per user per month. Businesses should expect to pay $2-10 per user per month depending on their feature needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is authorization?

Authorization processes determine whether a given use is allowed to access a system, execute a function, or interact with a piece of data based on predetermined rules and permissions related to said user’s identity.

What’s the difference between authorization and authentication?

Authentication resolves who exactly the user is, while authorization processes resolve what the user is allowed to do once authenticated.

Who uses authorization systems?

Virtually every business with proprietary or limited-access data uses authorization systems of some sort. Organizations are more likely to purchase a product specifically for its authorization features if they are looking to control access to systems or data at scale, such as enterprises.