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What is the SecureAuth® Identity Platform?

The SecureAuth® Identity Platform is a flexible and adaptable identity and access management solution that helps organizations prevent the misuse of credentials and eliminate identity-related breaches. The Identity Platform provides organizations with the same secure and dependable SecureAuth identity and data safety as previous versions while giving organizations the freedom to choose the deployment model that works best: cloud, hybrid, or on-premises (on-prem).

The SecureAuth® Intelligent Identity Cloud model was created to assist customers who do not want to host their own environment, as well as the following benefits:

  • Retain identity and data security: The Identity Platform offers layered-on multi-factor authentication that gives identity management features to your data stores. Admins can use the same configurable workflows, adaptive authentication, and single-sign on (SSO) destinations.

  • Single-tenant model: SecureAuth hosts each customer's software separately on the cloud, so data is separated among customers. This means that if one customer suffers a security breach, only that customer's data is impacted.

  • Additional security: On-prem local data store gives additional security to profile data, such as tokens and seeds. The SecureAuth Connector looks up user ID information, including first names, last names, user names, passwords, email addresses, phone numbers, and groups stored on the local data store server to identify users to deliver two-factor authentication. Using real-time users' credentials on site is by design and this added security differentiates the SecureAuth cloud deployment from our competitors. SecureAuth user IDs remain at the customer site so the data is not constantly being pulled into the cloud through synchronization, as occurs with competitor solutions. Therefore, delays do not occur between SecureAuth user ID changes in the data store (Active Directory, SQL Server, and more) and corporate network cloud applications because user IDs remain in your local data stores.

  • Lower cost of ownership: Organizations no longer need a facility to host the software or specialized staff to manage the software.

  • Data security: With cloud-based multi-factor authentication (MFA), get secure access to applications, systems, and files, all while keeping assets safe across the enterprise.

  • Customized energy consumption: Use only the server capacity that you need to right-size your enterprise's carbon footprint, while attaining a sustainable solution.

In addition to choosing a model of use, such as cloud, hybrid, or on-prem, your organization also has a choice of Identity Platform packages. Contact your SecureAuth Sales Representative for package information.

Identity Platform deployment models

Read on to learn reasons for using the cloud, hybrid, and on-prem solutions:

Cloud model use cases

The use cases for moving to SecureAuth Intelligent Identity Cloud are discussed in the bullet points above. The SecureAuth Intelligent Identity Cloud is administered by using the Identity Platform New Experience user interface (UI); however, as shown in the table below, if your team uses certain post-authentication and endpoint features, you will administer those features by using the Classic Experience user interface.

Hybrid model use cases

The hybrid model might be right for organizations in the following scenarios.

  • Organization has customizations that are business-critical but are not supported in the Identity Platform cloud deployment.

  • Organization needs to remain on Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) or Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP).

  • Existing customers want to access their appliance over Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to gain more control over the appliance. (Cloud deployment does not support RDP.)

Admins will administer the hybrid model by using SecureAuth IdP version 9.3 or the Identity Platform release 19.07 and later.

On-prem model use cases

The on-prem model might be right for organizations in the following scenarios.

  • Government organizations that require maximum security off the cloud or that have specific security concerns where a cloud solution will not work.

  • Organizations that must align with specific legal or regulatory compliance, where your legal team might not approve moving your data to the cloud, even with SecureAuth's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance.

Admins will administer the on-prem model by using SecureAuth IdP version 9.2.

The following table compares the different ways to use the Identity Platform and where features and functionality reside for cloud, hybrid, and on-prem environments.

Major features/functionality



On premises

Data stores

Hosted by customer

Hosted by customer

Hosted by customer


Reside on the cloud and on customer servers

Reside on the cloud and on customer appliances

Reside on customer appliances

Newest User Interface

Identity Platform

Identity Platform

SecureAuth IdP 9.2

Applications, add*

Identity Platform, Application Manager (for SAML** and WS-Federation); other Post-Authentication features, Classic Experience, realms

Identity Platform, Application Manager (for SAML** and WS-Federation); other Post-Authentication features, Classic Experience, realms

SecureAuth IdP 9.2, realms

Global MFA set up*

Identity Platform

Identity Platform

SecureAuth IdP 9.2

Adaptive Authentication setup (including Policies)

Identity Platform

Identity Platform

SecureAuth IdP 9.2

SecureAuth apps (Login for Endpoints, Authenticate mobile app, SecureAuth RADIUS server)

Identity Platform for some pieces;

Classic Experience, realms for other pieces

Identity Platform for some pieces;

Classic Experience, realms for other pieces

Classic Experience, realms

IWA, Admin UI customizations, SCEP, some custom MFA methods,

highly customized themes

Unavailable in the Identity Platform

Available in Classic Experience

Available in SecureAuth IdP 9.2

* If you are integrating a supported application in the Identity Platform by using the SAML or WS-Federation templates, configure the supported application by using the Global Multi-Factor Authentication and Policies pages in the Identity Platform. Configure unsupported post-authentication pages in the SecureAuth Classic Experience.

** Security Assertion Markup Language

Identity Platform packages

SecureAuth offers three packages to secure your organization's identities and authentication profile data.

To learn about the security features available in the SecureAuth® Identity Platform packages, contact your SecureAuth Sales Representative.

If you are unsure of the package your organization has purchased or if your organization wants to change to a different package, contact your SecureAuth Account Manager.