Explore new frontiers of user authentication

Authentication is the way that both external customers and internal employees access your business services. Unfortunately, one in five users fails to authenticate, and that can translate into lost productivity, declining revenue and lost customer confidence.* When done right, the authentication experience you deliver can protect your business from attack while facilitating a trusted relationship with users.

IBM Security protects more than two billion digital identities and provides the industry’s most complete suite of authentication capabilities designed to provide a seamless user experience, protect the broadest range of target systems, and empower application developers with the resources they need to innovate.

Explore new frontiers of user authentication

On your journey to trusted authentication, consider these best practices

Build authentication

Make it easy for developers to get the extensible toolkits, APIs and resources they need to launch new, secure services quickly, and you can create a seamless, omnichannel experience that still meets security standards.

Protect any target

Today’s IT systems have a vast variety of targets to protect. Protecting the enterprise means your platform for two-factor authentication (2FA) should apply everywhere, especially on the resources that your privileged users access.

Go beyond passwords

Security experts agree that credential-based methods are inadequate. Use risk indicators to make more intelligent authentication decisions, and add continuous authentication to maintain security throughout a user’s session.

Prepare for the future

Decentralized networks for issuing and verifying credentials allow fast and secure authentication. Tap into the web’s shared identity layer and eliminate passwords, helping users take back control of their digital identity.

Balance user convenience and security with flexible methods

Two-factor authentication (2FA)

Two-factor authentication (2FA)

User-selected 2FA puts users in control of how they verify their identity. Deploy multifactor authentication at the edge of your environment with a platform that covers mainframe, Radius, VPNs and more traditional on-premises and SaaS resources – with one clean, consistent interface.

Mainframe authentication

Mainframe authentication

IBM Z® is the workhorse to process critical workloads and protect sensitive data. An enterprise IAM strategy requires mainframe MFA that dovetails with cloud and distributed systems. IBM Z Multi-Factor Authentication is tightly integrated with RACF and provides maximum flexibility for additional factors.

Mobile multifactor authentication

Mobile multifactor authentication

Uses mobile devices as a key line of defense with secure mobile push notifications. Mobile multifactor authentication provides a consistent user experience with a high level of identity assurance and gives developers toolkits to customize authenticator apps with your branding.

Risk-based authentication

Risk-based authentication

Dynamically authenticates users across every channel to create a more seamless customer experience for low-risk users. Analyze layers of risk factors to prompt only higher risk users and activity for step-up authentication, reducing the burden of proof on users.

Authentication as-a-service

Authentication as-a-service

Authentication should be easy to build and simple to extend to APIs, mobile applications and IoT. Deploying authentication as-a-service from the cloud allows you enable new methods in minutes and drastically lowers your total cost of ownership.

Integrate authentication everywhere with support for modern protocols


A trusted framework for exchanging authentication and authorization information. Enables users to single sign-on across multiple resources with one set of credentials.


Next generation of an affordable, portable, bring-your-own authenticator. When combined with WebAuthn, a W3C specification focused on standardized JavaScript™ APIs for browsers to interact with authenticators, it’s a pluggable framework for user authentication across the web that could eliminate passwords entirely.


HTTP-based authorization protocol that gives applications limited access to a protected resource without sharing the resource owner’s credentials. New applications can accept authorization tokens from existing identity providers, reducing the app-by-app user management costs.


Built on top of the OAuth 2.0 protocol, OIDC enables client applications to rely on authentication that is performed by an OpenID Connect provider to verify the identity of a user.

IBM authentication solutions

IBM Cloud Identity for employees

Delivers single-sign-on and multifactor authentication to workforce applications, with support for SaaS and on-premises applications.

IBM Cloud Identity for consumers

Provides trusted authentication to customer-facing applications and services with resources to customize your brand experience.

IBM Z Multi-Factor Authentication

Provides layered defense by requiring selected IBM z/OS® users to authenticate with multiple factors.


New research explores enterprise security challenges and the rise of password-less authentication.

Forrester report explains what to look for in authentication management solutions.

Explore what digital identity trust can look like with an interactive demo experience.

* Source: Javelin Research