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Why Identity Matters for Innovation Labs

Learn about identity innovations, and why identity matters for innovation labs.

March 21, 2017

Forrester Consulting analysis determines that using Auth0 can yield a 548% ROI and $3.7M in identity-related savings. Read the full report: Total Economic Impact of Auth0.

TL;DR: Innovation drives technology and innovation labs are critical for propelling the technology industry forward. Find out about innovative accomplishments with identity, and why identity matters for innovation labs.

What are Innovation Labs?

Innovation labs are initiatives designed to promote and grow innovative thinking, services, and products. There are many ways that businesses approach the promotion of innovation, including forming strategic units or simply providing avenues for workers to network and collaborate. Some examples of corporate innovation labs include Research at Google, Microsoft Research Lab, Oracle Labs, iLab at Harvard, and more.

Innovation labs may have several aims, including but not limited to:

  • Ideation: cultivating ideas and collaboration through hackathons, internal proposals, demos, and more.
  • Attracting talent: companies that stay on the cusp of cutting-edge technology and foster a culture of innovation are more attractive to skilled, prospective employees.
  • Long-term revenue: new products, services, and other offerings can have substantial long-term returns. In addition, bringing more ideation and production in-house reduces long-term costs.

Identity Innovation

Innovations in identity technology have led us to more secure and more dynamic tools and practices. Let's examine a few examples.

Frictionless Authentication with Passwordless

The evolution of Passwordless authentication has allowed users to leave memorizing complicated passwords behind while enjoying improved security. Companies like Slack and Medium utilize Passwordless authentication to increase engagement and enhance security. Fingerprint Authentication in mobile apps is also a form of Passwordless login that greatly improves the user experience.

In fact, Passwordless biometric security is steadily gaining traction with identity innovations such as the Biometric Wallet from Hammacher Schlemmer and biometric credit card technology.

Personalization with Identity Data

Data collected from user identity is valuable for increasing ROI by providing a personalized experience to users. Retailers make use of consumer data by providing product suggestions, personalizing ads, and sending personalized emails.

For example, Qubit leverages analytics and visitor behavior to tailor e-commerce experiences to each user. Utilizing identity information like the user's location along with data like purchase history, preferences, checkout speed, and more enables highly focused personalization and targeting. About 60% of consumers agree that "retailers who personalize their shopping experience make it easier to find the products that are most interesting".

Using Identity Data to Improve Security

Innovations with identity data have led to greatly enhanced security. Anomaly detection is the identification of unusual data points in a set. For example, if a user normally logs into an application from New York City, USA, a login with the same credentials from Brisbane, Australia is an outlier and could potentially indicate malicious activity. Identity data can be used to detect a multitude of different anomalies, including location, time, repeated failed login attempts, authentication from new devices, and much more.

When an identity data anomaly has been detected, steps can be taken to mitigate risk. The user can be notified of potentially malicious activity and asked to verify their identity, their account can be frozen in the case of a brute force attack, or their credentials can be reset such as in the case of breached passwords.

Breached password detection protects and notifies your users when their credentials are leaked by a data breach of a third party. You can optionally prevent access until the user has reset their password.

Why Identity Matters for Innovation Labs

Swift development, flexibility, and focus on ideation and growth are vital for innovation labs. When producing an innovative product or application, it's important for innovators to be able to hone their craft and not have to expend hundreds of hours worrying about managing identity and securing authentication.

Auth0 is an Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solution that works with any application built on any framework. Auth0 also supports a multitude of identity providers, including popular social platforms like Twitter and Facebook as well as enterprise providers such as Active Directory. Integration is swift and easy, and can be implemented in just a few minutes.

importance of identity for innovation labs

"I'm a big proponent of letting experts do what they do best ... I didn't want to rely on building [an identity management solution] ourselves."

David Bernick, Harvard Medical School

Innovation labs can reap numerous benefits from utilizing Auth0 as an identity management solution, including:

Reduction in Engineering Time and Costs

Auth0 enables easy integration with any application on any framework, be it Node.js, PHP, .NET, Swift, Java, Angular, etc. Extensive documentation and SDKs are available to jumpstart development and reduce the engineering time and effort needed to implement a robust authentication solution. Auth0 integrates with dozens of social and enterprise providers at the flip of a switch, and also supports Single Sign-On with minimal coding.

Auth0 offers a generous free tier to get started with modern authentication.

Flexibility and Extensibility

Auth0's login functionality and fine-grained authorization permissions are easily customized with rules. Numerous extensions are also available for additional features such as logging, GitHub Deployments, and much more. Metadata can be added to users manually or via rules. Even the Auth0 login widget, called Lock, can either be used out-of-the-box, or replaced with a fully customized user interface.

Increased Security

Auth0 supplies Multifactor authentication and Passwordless at the click of a button. The solution also provides highly customizable anomaly detection in addition to breached password and brute force protection. Auth0 is peer reviewed by international security experts and complies with standards such as SAML, OAuth, WS-Federation, and certifications like OpenID Connect, SOC2, HIPAA, etc.

Auth0 provides the simplest and easiest to use user interface tools to help administrators manage user identities including password resets, creating and provisioning, blocking and deleting users.

Innovate Without Worrying About Identity

Rapidfire development, excellent flexibility, and reduced time to market are vital for innovation to blossom in the technology industry. Auth0 provides services that enable these fundamental tenets of tech innovation. With Auth0, innovation labs can focus on producing groundbreaking offerings without worrying about authentication security and identity management.

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