Authorization Systems

Authorization Systems Overview

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.


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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…

Key Features

  • ID Management Single-Sign On (SSO) (121)
    91%
    9.1
  • Multi-Factor Authentication (112)
    90%
    9.0
  • ID-Management Access Control (116)
    88%
    8.8
FreeRADIUS

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

Oracle Entitlements Server

Oracle Entitlements Server is an authorization solution.

Transmit Security

Transmit Security headquartered in Boston offers their identity orchestration solution, providing strong customer authentication and authorization for entities that need it.

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…

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…

Rhyme (formerly PriorAuthNow)

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…

Aserto

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

Jericho Authorization Provider

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

SAP Dynamic Authorization Management

SAP Dynamic Authorization Management, developed by SAP partner NextLabs and sold by SAP, is an authorization solution.

Axiomatics Reverse Query

Axiomatics offers an authorization solution.

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…

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.…

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.

AccessMatrix Universal Access Management

IAM specialist i-Sprint offers AccessMatrix Universal Access Management (UAM), combines web and federated single sign-on (SSO), web access management, hierarchy based delegated administration, to achieve application security.

Learn More About Authorization Systems

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.