Title:
Triggering of Authentication Rules for Service Provisioning
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Described are methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products for providing authentication for service provisioning. One or more executable authentication rules are provided for determining access by a user to one or more services. A request is received from the user. The request is for a first service from the one or more services at an enforcement point. It is determined, at the enforcement point, if at least a first executable authentication rule from the one or more executable authentication rules applies to the user. The first executable authentication rule is for determining access by the user to the first service, wherein determining if the first executable authentication rule applies includes determining if one or more triggers specified by the first executable authentication rule are triggered.



Inventors:
Kulkarni, Rajandra Laxman (Burlington, MA, US)
Greenberg, Adam (Lincoln, MA, US)
Marotto, Anthony M. (Cambridge, MA, US)
Popowycz, Alexander L. (North Easton, MA, US)
Lopiano, Michael Francis (Westwood, MA, US)
Application Number:
11/742891
Publication Date:
05/08/2008
Filing Date:
05/01/2007
Assignee:
FMR Corp. (Boston, MA, US)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
H04L9/32
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Primary Examiner:
TRUONG, THONG P
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PROSKAUER ROSE LLP (BOSTON, MA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A computerized method for providing authentication for service provisioning, the method comprising: providing one or more executable authentication rules for determining access by a user to one or more services; receiving, from the user, a request for a first service from the one or more services at an enforcement point; and determining, at the enforcement point, if at least a first executable authentication rule from the one or more executable authentication rules applies to the user, the first executable authentication rule for determining access by the user to the first service, wherein determining if the first executable authentication rule applies comprises determining if one or more triggers specified by the first executable authentication rule are triggered.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein providing the one or more executable authentication rules comprises providing a rules credential including the one or more executable authentication rules.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the one or more triggers comprise: a user trigger, a request trigger, an enforcement point trigger, a policy trigger, or any combination thereof.

4. The method of claim 3, wherein the user trigger comprises an identification credential of the user, an identification credential of a group of users including the user, or any combination thereof.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the group of users comprises: one or more employees of an organization, one or more customers of the organization, or any combination thereof.

6. The method of claim 3, wherein the request trigger comprises: an access-channel trigger, an access-point trigger, a device trigger, or any combination thereof.

7. The method of claim 6 further comprising triggering the access-channel trigger when the user sends the request in: a web message, a universal resource locator (URL) message, electronic mail, text messaging, instant messaging, a session initiation protocol (SIP) message, a short message service (SMS) message, a multimedia messaging service (MMS) message, an enhanced messaging service (EMS) message, an IP multimedia system (IMS) message, a live voice call, an automated voice call, an interactive voice response (IVR) call, or any combination thereof.

8. The method of claim 6 further comprising triggering the access-point trigger when the request originates from a specified network access-point, the specified network access-point comprising: an IP address, a network IP address, a telephone number, an area code, a country code, or any combination thereof.

9. The method of claim 6 further comprising triggering the device trigger when the request originates from a specified device, the specified device characterized by a software characteristic or a hardware characteristic.

10. The method of claim 3, wherein the enforcement point trigger comprises: a time trigger, a service type trigger, a function trigger, an expiration-of-time trigger, or any combination thereof.

11. The method of claim 10 further comprising triggering the time trigger when the request is received during: a specified time range, a specified day of the week, a specified set of dates, or any combination thereof.

12. The method of claim 10 further comprising triggering the service type trigger when the first service is associated with: a retail services type, an employment services type, an insurance services type, or any combination thereof.

13. The method of claim 10 further comprising triggering the function trigger when the first service is associated with: a financial service, an accounting service, a personnel service, an administrative service, a trade service, or any combination thereof.

14. The method of claim 3, wherein the policy trigger comprises a fraud trigger.

15. The method of claim 1 further comprising determining by default, at the enforcement point, that the first executable authentication rule applies to the user if the first executable authentication rule does not specify at least a first trigger.

16. The method of claim 1 further comprising determining, at the enforcement point, if at least a second executable authentication rule from the one or more executable authentication rules applies to the user, wherein determining if the second executable authentication rule applies comprises determining if one or more triggers specified by the second executable authentication rule are triggered.

17. The method of claim 16, wherein the steps of determining if the first and the second executable authentication rules apply to the user are processed in an order specified by one or more priority characteristics of at least one of the first or the second executable authentication rule, the one or more priority characteristics comprising: a priority code, a priority class, a priority type, a priority context, or any combination thereof.

18. The method of claim 1, when the first executable authentication rule applies, further comprising: determining if the user satisfies the first executable authentication rule; providing access by the user to the first service if the user satisfies the first executable authentication rule; and executing an authentication action if the user does not satisfy the first executable authentication rule.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein determining if the user satisfies the first executable authentication rule comprises determining a satisfaction state of the first executable authentication rule.

20. The method of claim 18, wherein the authentication action comprises: a hard token action, a soft token action, a personal identification number (PIN) action, a password (PW) action, a knowledge action, a biometric action, a modify-user information action, or any combination thereof.

21. The method of claim 18, wherein executing the authentication action comprises directing the user to a site different from the enforcement point.

22. The method of claim 21, wherein executing the authentication action further comprises blocking the user from accessing the first service.

23. The method of claim 1, when the first executable authentication rule applies, further comprising: providing access by the user to the first service; and executing an authentication action when the user accesses the first service.

24. The method of claim 23, wherein the authentication action comprises a monitoring action.

25. The method of claim 23, when the first executable authentication rule does not apply, further comprising providing access by the user to the first service.

26. The method of claim 1 further comprising: providing, when the first executable authentication rule applies, access by the user to the first service; and directing, when the first executable authentication rule does not apply, the user to a redirect service different from the first service.

27. The method of claim 26, wherein the first service comprises a fraud service.

28. The method of claim 18, wherein the authentication action is specified by at least one of: the first executable authentication rule or the enforcement point.

29. The method of claim 18 further comprising modifying a satisfaction state of the first executable authentication rule based on a result of the authentication action.

30. The method of claim 18 further comprising determining, at the enforcement point and before the user is provided access to the first service, if at least a second executable authentication rule from the one or more executable authentication rules applies to the user, wherein determining if the second executable authentication rule applies comprises determining if one or more triggers specified by the second executable authentication rule are triggered.

31. The method of claim 1 further comprising: determining if the user satisfies the first executable authentication rule; and providing access by the user to the first service if the user does not satisfy the first executable authentication rule.

32. The method of claim 31, wherein the first service comprises an authentication service for satisfying the first executable authentication rule.

33. The method of claim 31, wherein providing the one or more executable authentication rules comprises providing a rules credential including the one or more executable authentication rules.

34. The method of claim 33 further comprising bypassing processing of at least a second executable authentication rule from the one or more executable authentication rules if the user does not satisfy the first executable authentication rule.

35. The method of claim 1, wherein the one or more executable authentication rules comprise: a mandatory configurable rule, an optional configurable rule, a mandatory non-configurable rule, an optional non-configurable rule, or any combination thereof.

36. The method of claim 1 further comprising: determining if a second executable authentication rule from the one or more executable authentication rules applies to the user at the enforcement point; determining if the second executable authentication rule is grouped with the first executable authentication rule; executing an authentication action specified by the first executable authentication rule; and modifying a satisfaction state of the second executable authentication rule based on a result of the authentication action if the second executable authentication rule is grouped with the first executable authentication rule.

37. The method of claim 1, wherein the first service comprises: a financial service, an accounting service, a personnel service, an administrative service, a trade service, or any combination thereof.

38. The method of claim 1, wherein a type of the first service comprises: a retail service type, an employment service type, an insurance services type, or any combination thereof.

39. A computer program product, tangibly embodied in an information carrier, the computer program product including instructions being operable to cause a data processing apparatus to: provide one or more executable authentication rules for determining access by a user to one or more services; receive, from the user, a request for a first service from the one or more services at an enforcement point; determine if at least a first executable authentication rule from the one or more executable authentication rules applies to the user at the enforcement point, the first executable authentication rule for determining access by the user to the first service, wherein determining if the first executable authentication rule applies comprises determining if one or more triggers specified by the first executable authentication rule is triggered; and execute an authentication action specified by the first executable authentication rule when the first executable authentication rule applies.

40. A system for providing authentication for service provisioning, the system comprising an authentication system adapted to: provide one or more executable authentication rules for determining access by a user to one or more services; receive, from the user, a request for a first service from the one or more services at an enforcement point; determine if at least a first executable authentication rule from the one or more executable authentication rules applies to the user at the enforcement point, the first executable authentication rule for determining access by the user to the first service, wherein determining if the first executable authentication rule applies comprises determining if one or more triggers specified by the first executable authentication rule is triggered; and execute an authentication action specified by the first executable authentication rule when the first executable authentication rule applies.

Description:

RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is a continuation application of, and claims priority to, U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/593,992, filed Nov. 7, 2006, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates generally to computer-based methods and apparatuses, including computer program products, for triggering authentication rules for service provisioning.

BACKGROUND

Hackers are becoming increasingly adept at identity theft in electronic commerce. Viruses, Trojan horses, worms, and spyware are used by hackers to install malware programs on consumers' systems to look for consumers visiting electronic commerce sites and entering their credentials. Malware programs can collect consumers' authentication data and other sensitive data by monitoring the keystrokes typed in by the user and sending them back to the hacker. The hacker is then able to log in to the consumers' accounts to damage or disrupt it (e.g., steal from it). Explicit sharing by the consumer, capture by man-in-the-middle devices, and guessing are other means used to compromise sensitive data. The compromises of authentication credentials expose service providers and their customers to the potential for financial loss and identify theft.

With respect to providing secure electronic commerce, service providers implement rigid authentication processes for their consumers to access their services. Typically, the authentication process involves a customer identifier and a password known only to the consumer. For more sensitive electronic commerce areas, a multi-factor authentication process is used involving, for example, a hard-token in addition to the traditional usermame and password.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

One approach to providing customizable authentication for service provisioning is to enable a user to customize an authentication system. In one aspect, there is a computerized method. The method includes enabling a first user to customize an authentication system associated with a service type. Customizing the authentication system includes defining one or more authentication rules for determining access for a second user to a service for the service type.

In other examples, any of the aspects above can include one or more of the following features. The first user can include a consumer organization or an organization subgroup of the consumer organization. The first and second user can include an individual consumer. The second user can include one or more individual consumers of the first user. The method can further include enabling the second user to customize the authentication system associated with the service type. The one or more authentication rules comprise: a mandatory rule, an optional rule, or any combination thereof.

In addition, the method can further include receiving, from the second user, a request for the service at an enforcement point. The method can further include generating a rules credential including the one or more authentication rules. Generating the rules credential can be based on: a characteristic of the second user, a characteristic of the request, a characteristic of the enforcement point, or any combination thereof. The characteristic of the second user can include an identification credential of the second user, an identification credential of a group of users including the second user, or any combination thereof. The characteristic of the request can include: an access-channel characteristic, an access-point characteristic, a device characteristic, or any combination thereof. The characteristic of the enforcement point can include: a time characteristic, a day characteristic, a policy characteristic, a service type characteristic, a function type characteristic, or any combination thereof. The method can further include receiving, from the second user, a second request for a second service at a second enforcement point different from the first enforcement point. The second request can include the rules credential. The method can further include executing, at the second enforcement point, at least one of the one or more authentication rules included in the rules credential.

In various embodiments, the method can further include receiving, from the second user, a request for the service at an enforcement point. The method can further include determining if the one or more authentication rules apply to the second user at the enforcement point. The method can further include executing an authentication action specified by the one or more authentication rules when the one or more authentication rules apply.

In some embodiments, determining if the one or more authentication rules applies can include determining if one or more triggers specified by the one or more authentication rules are triggered. The one or more triggers can include: a user trigger, a request trigger, an enforcement point trigger, a policy trigger, or any combination thereof. The request trigger can include: an access-channel trigger, an access-point trigger, a device trigger, or any combination thereof. The method can further include triggering the access-channel trigger when the second user attempts to access the service using: a web message, a universal resource locator (URL) message, electronic mail, text messaging, instant messaging, a session initiation protocol (SIP) message, a short message service (SMS) message, a multimedia messaging service (MMS) message, an enhanced messaging service (EMS) message, an IP multimedia system (IMS) message, a live voice call, an automated voice call, an interactive voice response (IVR) call, or any combination thereof. The method can further include triggering the access-point trigger when the second user attempts to access the service from a specified network access-point.

In various embodiments, the enforcement point trigger can include: a time trigger, a day trigger, a service type trigger, a function trigger, an expiration-of-time trigger, or any combination thereof. The method can further include triggering the service type trigger when the service type matches a specified service type. The specified service type can include: a retail services type, an employment services type, an insurance services type, or any combination thereof. The method can further include triggering the function trigger when the service matches a specified service. The specified service can include: a financial service, an accounting service, a personnel service, an administrative service, a trade service, or any combination thereof. The method can further include triggering the time or date triggers when the second user attempts to access the service during: a specified time range, a specified day of the week, a specified set of dates, or any combination thereof.

In various embodiments, the policy trigger can include a fraud trigger. Executing the authentication action can include blocking the second user from accessing the service, and directing the second user to a site different from the enforcement point. Executing the authentication action can also include providing access to the service to the second user, and executing a supplemental action when the second user accesses the service. The supplemental action can include a monitoring action.

In addition, the method can further include receiving, from the second user, a request for the service at an enforcement point. The method can further include determining if the second user satisfies the one or more authentication rules, and providing access to the service to the second user if the second user satisfies the one or more authentication rules. The method can further include executing a first authentication action if the second user does not satisfy the one or more authentication rules. The method can further include determining if the enforcement point includes an override, and providing access to the service to the second user if the enforcement point includes the override.

In some embodiments, the first authentication action can be specified by the one or more authentication rules. The first authentication action can be specified by the enforcement point. Determining if the second user satisfies the one or more authentication rules can include determining a satisfaction state of the one or more authentication rules. Executing the first authentication action can include redirecting the second user to an authentication site separate from the enforcement point. The method can further include modifying a satisfaction state of the one or more authentication rules based on a result of the first authentication action.

In various embodiments, the first authentication action can include: a hard token action, a soft token action, a personal identification number (PIN) action, a password (PW) action, a knowledge action, a biometric action, a modify-user information action, or any combination thereof. Determining if the second user satisfies the one or more authentication rules can include processing the one or more authentication rules in an order specified by one or more priority characteristics of the one or more authentication rules. The one or more priority characteristics can include: a priority code, a priority class, a priority type, a priority context, or any combination thereof.

Any of the above implementations can realize one or more of the following advantages. Customized authentication for service provisioning allows flexibility in the specification, evaluation, and satisfication of authentication and navigation requirements. In addition, the above implementations can provide for the ability to incrementally introduce new forms of authentication into an already operable system and the ability to provide scalable, high-performance authentication implementations. In addition, customized authentication requirements applied to an individual or group of users allows a service provider flexibility when describing authentication requirements for various groups or classes of users. Granularity in the application to the users allows the service provider to provide different authentication requirements to different groups as necessary. In addition, enabling more than one entity to customize authentication requirements for the same user or group of users allows different entities the ability to construct rules relevant to their needs independently from the needs of other entities. In addition, enabling an entity to impose customized authentication requirements on a group of users specified by common characteristics allows imposing entities to define authentication requirements that vary across their universe of users and across the resources that they offer to users.

In addition, enabling an entity to impose customized authentication actions allows the entity to build authentication requirements using any of the supported mechanisms and to add new mechanisms without interfering with those already available in a system. In addition, enabling an entity to impose mandatory or optional authentication requirements on the entity's users allows the entity to create minimum standards for authentication and allows them the ability to offer a spectrum of additional services that provide the user with a spectrum of cost benefit choices. In addition, enabling an entity to structure authentication requirements to segment services under different authentication requirements allows the flexibility and ability to control user navigation based on characteristics of the user and characteristics of the services. In addition, authentication processing conducted locally at fulfillment processing locations allows service providers to scale the service delivery system to accommodate changing or growing loads. In addition, authentication grouping, imposed independently or jointly by different entities, improves the user experience by sharing the satisfaction of authentication requirements across aggregates of related requirements. In addition, prioritizing authentication rules based on authentication priority ensures that users perform actions in a desired sequence relative to other actions.

In addition, enabling different fulfillment types of authentication rules allows imposing entities to either attach actions to the normal flow of user navigation or enforce navigational restrictions. The variety of fulfillment options offered allows imposing entities flexibility in specifying the time extent of authentication requirements and the ability to impose, quickly and easily, local actions or restrictions on classes of users. This also can allow imposing entities to react and respond to changing conditions simply by introducing new or changed authentication requirements, while not changing the service delivery machinery. In addition, authentication triggering allows imposing entities extensive options for specifying when and where users must respond to authentication requirements. The various criteria can allow imposing entities to restrict authentication requirements to only those conditions to which they meaningfully apply. In addition, authentication requirements based on a source address of the user allows an imposing entity or service provider the ability to reduce exposure to problems by monitoring or restricting admittance based on information mined from previous experience across the available resources or from outside knowledge gained from commercial protection or law enforcement agencies.

Other aspects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, illustrating the principles of the invention by way of example only.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of the present invention, as well as the invention itself, will be more fully understood from the following description of various embodiments, when read together with the accompanying drawings.

FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing an exemplary network with devices relating to customizable authentication for service provisioning.

FIG. 2 illustrates a flowchart depicting authentication customization and service provisioning.

FIG. 3 illustrates exemplary relationships between rule-creating sponsors and consumers.

FIG. 4 illustrates an exemplary authentication rule.

FIGS. 5-25 illustrate flow diagrams depicting use case examples for authenticated service provisioning.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing an exemplary network 100 with devices relating to customizable authentication for service provisioning. The network 100 includes a transmission medium 110, one or more user devices 120a, 120b, and/or 120c, generally 120, one or more servers 130a, 130b, and/or 130c, generally 130, at least one authentication server 140, a rules server 141, and/or one or more device managers 145a, 145b, and/or 145c, generally 145. The transmission medium 110 is responsible for the transfer of information between one or more of the user devices 120, one or more of the servers 130, the authentication server 140, the rules server 141, and/or one or more of the device managers 145.

Information transfer over the transmission medium 110 can be based on one or more communication protocols and/or communication modes. Communication protocols can include, for example, Internet Protocol (IP), Voice over IP (VOIP), Peer-to-Peer (P2P), Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Really Simple Syndication (RSS), podcasting, Signaling System #7 (SS7), Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), Push-to-Talk (PTT), PTT over Cellular (POC), and/or other communication protocols. Communication modes can range from textual modality (e.g., electronic mail and/or instant messaging) to graphical modality (e.g., still and/or moving pictures) to audio modality (e.g., voice calls), or any combination thereof.

The transmission medium 110 can include one or more packet-based networks and/or one or more circuit-based networks in any configuration. Packet-based networks can include, for example, the Internet, a carrier Internet Protocol (IP) network (LAN, WAN, or the like), a private IP network, an IP private branch exchange (IPBX), a wireless network (e.g., a Radio Access Network (RAN)), and/or other packet-based networks. Circuit-based networks can include, for example, the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), a legacy private branch exchange (PBX), a wireless network (e.g., a RAN), and/or other circuit-based networks.

The transmission medium 110 can be coupled to the user devices 120 by connections 115. The user devices 120 can be computers, telephones, IP phones, mobile devices (e.g., cellular phones, personal digital assistant (PDA) devices, laptop computers, and/or the like), and/or other communication devices. Connections 115 can include electrical wires, optical fibers, and/or wireless transmissions. User devices 120 can be identified by a unique and/or shared identifier. A unique user device identifier can be, for example, a telephone number, an IP address, and/or the like. A shared user device identifier can be, for example, a network address, an area code, a country code, and/or the like.

The transmission medium 110 can also be coupled to one or more servers 130. The servers 130 can include, for example, web servers, application servers, media servers, gateways, softswitches, and/or the like. A server 130 can be responsible for providing one or more types of services to a consumer using one or more of the user devices 120. Types of services can include, for example, financial services, accounting services, transaction services, communication services, database services, administrative services, and/or other electronic services. Financial services can include banking services, investing services (e.g., stock trading), accounting services, electronic funds transfer services, insurances services, employee information services (e.g., employee benefits), institutional services, administrative services, and/or other electronic services. Transaction services can include shopping, selling goods, trading goods, and/or the like. Communication services can include voice communication (e.g., Voice over IP (VOIP)), data communication, multimedia communication (e.g., video conferencing), networking (e.g., social networking, blogging, etc.), and/or the like. Database services can include library services, research services, news services, and/or the like. In one configuration, for example, server 130a can be a website for a bank providing financial services associated with checking and savings accounts of individual consumers. In another configuration, server 130b can be a website for a car insurance unit of an insurance company providing insurance services associated with an insurance policy for a group of small businesses. In yet another configuration, server 130c can be an automated phone server for an employer providing employee benefit services associated with the employees of the employer.

Each server 130a, 130b, and 130c can include, respectively, an authentication monitor 160a, 160b, and 160c, generally 160. An authentication monitor 160 can determine access to and navigation of one or more services provided by a server 130, by the enforcement and execution of authentication rules, discussed below. In the system 100, the authentication monitors 160 are illustrated to be included in the servers 130, but other configurations can also be used. For example, the authentication monitors 160 can be directly or indirectly connected to the respective servers 130.

The determination of access to and navigation of services on one or more servers 130 can be defined and controlled by one or more authentication rules. The authentication server 140 and/or the rules server 141 can be responsible for determining which authentication rules are associated with a user and acquiring the authentication rules when a user logs in and/or requests a service as they navigate the network 100. The authentication server 140 can also be responsible for executing one or more authentication rules at the time the user logs in to request a service from a server 130, or at any other time after the user is logged in as they navigate one or more services provided by one or more servers 130. One or more authentication rules can be stored on and retrieved from a rules server 141 and/or one or more device managers 145. The rules server 141 can be, for example, a repository database. In another configuration, the rules server 141 can be coupled to a repository rules database. A device manager 145 can be a server, a repository database, and/or the like.

In the system 100, the rules server 141 and the device managers 145 are illustrated to be directly connected to the authentication server 140, but other configurations can also be used. For example, the rules server 141 and/or one or more device managers 145 can be included in the authentication server 140, or can be directly or indirectly accessible by the authentication server 140 over the transmission medium 110. In addition, the system 100 also illustrates the authentication server 140 to be directly connected to the transmission medium 110, but other configurations can also be used. For example, the authentication server 140 can be indirectly connected to the transmission medium 110 and/or can be directly connected to or included in a server 130.

FIG. 2 illustrates a flowchart 200 depicting authentication customization and service provisioning. The elements of the flowchart 200 are described using the exemplary network 100 of FIG. 1. Customizable authentication includes defining one or more authentication rules (210). Service provisioning includes receiving, from a user, a request for a service (220), generating a rules credential that includes one or more authentication rules (230), determining whether one or more authentication rules apply (240), processing one or more applicable authentication rules if they apply (250), determining if more authentication rules are applicable (260), and/or provisioning the requested service (260).

A sponsoring user can define one or more authentication rules (210) to determine a consuming user's access to a service. A sponsoring user can include, for example, a client organization or company of a service provider, a unit or group of the organization or company (e.g., marketing group, research and development group, regional group, etc.), and/or one or more individual clients of a service provider. A sponsoring user can also include a service provider. A consuming user can include, for example, one or more individual consumers of the sponsoring user. The consuming user can also be defined according to specified user characteristics. User characteristics can include belonging to a certain organization or company (e.g., users associated with a company), belonging to a group or sub-group of an organization or company (e.g., full-time, part-time, or contracting employees), and/or belonging to other groups of individuals. For example, the sponsoring user can be an employer that uses a service provider to manage employee benefit services. In this example, a consuming user can be the group of all full-time employees. In another example, the sponsoring and consuming user can be the same individual. For example, the sponsoring and consuming user can be an individual consumer of an online trading service provider. In yet another embodiment, the consuming user can be enabled to further add, remove, and/or edit one or more of the authentication rules defined by the sponsoring user. In another embodiment, the sponsor can make one or more authentication rules to be either mandatory or optional for a consuming user.

FIG. 3 illustrates exemplary relationships between rule-creating sponsors and consumers. Sponsoring users can include an organization 310 and/or one or more individual users 320. The organization 310 includes sponsoring business units 330 and 340, which, in turn, can include one or more individual users. The sponsoring business unit 340 includes sub-organization and/or client groups 341 and 342. The sponsoring entities can generate or edit authentication rules using a rules manager 350. For example, the sponsoring organization 310 can customize (361) an authentication rule for one or more users in the enterprise 310 (i.e., any combination of users Ai, Bi, and/or Ci). The sponsoring business unit 330 can customize (362) an authentication rule for one or more users in the business unit 330 (i.e., any combination of users Ai). The sponsoring business unit 340 can customize (363) an authentication rule for one or more users in the business unit 340 (i.e., any combination of users Bi and/or Ci). The sponsoring sub-organization or client 341 can customize (364) an authentication rule for one or more users in the sub-organization or client 341 (i.e., any combination of users Bi). The user CN in the sub-organization or client 342 can customize (365) an authentication rule to be applicable to user CN. The individual user DN can also customize (366) an authentication rule to be applicable to user DN. The rules manager 350 can generate (367) specific authentication rule instances for specific users (e.g., users associated with a unique user identifier), or can generate (367) authentication rule templates for an authentication rule associated with one or more other user characteristics. The generated authentication rules can be transferred to an active rules database 355.

Generally, authentication rules govern the behavior of components of the network 100 with respect to a user's access and navigation of the network 100. Specifically, an authentication rule can: define who the rule is to be associated with (e.g., a particular consumer), when it is to apply (e.g., when a consumer attempts to access a specific server 130 and/or a specific service on a server 130), what action needs to be performed (e.g., enter a hard token value), and/or how the action can be fulfilled (e.g., redirect the user to a specified universal resource locator (URL) message for entering a hard token value).

FIG. 4 illustrates an exemplary authentication rule 400. The authentication rule 400 can include authentication rule data 410, one or more authentication rule trigger sets 420, 430, and 440, and/or one or more authentication rule instructions 421, 431, and 441, respectively associated with an authentication rule trigger. In a supplemental or alternative embodiment, one or more authentication instructions can be associated with an authentication trigger. In a further supplemental or alternative embodiment, one or more authentication states 422, 432, and 442, can be associated with or included in, respectively, one or more authentication rule trigger sets 420, 430, and 440.

Authentication rule data 410 can define what entity (i.e., consuming user) the authentication rule 400 is to be associated with when that entity requests a service and/or logs on to a system. The authentication rule data 410 can also state one or more authentication actions that need to be executed if the authentication rule 400 applies. Authentication actions can include, generally, any challenge that requires a response from the user. Specifically, authentication actions can include: a hard token action, a soft token action, a personal identification number (PIN) action, a password (PW) action, a knowledge action, a biometric action, a modify-user information action, and/or other actions. A hard token action can be implemented, for example, using a smart card and/or a token device. A soft token action can be implemented, for example, using an electronic certificate, an electronic credential, an electronic cookie, and/or the like. Knowledge actions can include, for example, question and answer actions. Modify-user information actions can include requesting the user to edit their user profile. Authentication actions can also include actions that do not require a response from a user. For example, a non-responsive actions can include blocking access to a service (e.g., a Navigation Restriction-type rule), monitor a user (e.g., an Information-type rule), and/or re-directing a user to a different resource. Navigation Restriction-type authentication rules can specify an action that limits a user's navigation across the network 100 by redirecting, for example, the user to a different site than the one requested. Information-type authentication rules can specify that an action is to be executed locally at an enforcement point.

Authentication rule data 410 can also include selection criteria based on one or more specified characteristics. Selection criteria can be used to select which authentication rules should be retrieved to be associated with a specific user, which can take place at the beginning of a session or during a session as the user navigates one or more services of the network 100. Selection criteria can include characteristics of a user, characteristics of a request for a service, characteristics of an enforcement point, and/or other characteristics. Characteristics of a user can include a user identification, an organization or sub-organization identification, and/or other identifiers.

Characteristics of a request can include an access-channel characteristic, an access-point characteristic, a user device characteristic, and/or the like. Access-channel characteristics can include, for example, accessing a service using one or more of: a web message, a universal resource locator (URL) message, electronic mail, text messaging, instant messaging, a session initiation protocol (SIP) message, a short message service (SMS) message, a multimedia messaging service (MMS) message, an enhanced messaging service (EMS) message, an IP multimedia system (IMS) message, a live voice call, an automated voice call, an interactive voice response (IVR) call, and/or the like.

Access-point characteristics can include, for example, requests originating from a specified address (e.g., IP address, telephone number, etc.), a specified network address (e.g., IP network addresses, area codes, country codes, etc.), and/or the like. Device characteristics can include, for example, software characteristics (e.g., browser agent), hardware characteristics (e.g., brand, model, version, etc.), and/or the like. Characteristics of an enforcement point can include, for example, time(s) of a day, day(s) of a week, a policy characteristic (e.g., a sponsor or owner of the service/resource), a service type characteristic (e.g., banking), a function type characteristic (e.g., setting up a new account), and/or the like.

Authentication rule trigger sets 420, 430, and/or 440, can define when the authentication rule 400 applies at one or more enforcement points. The enforcement points (e.g., an authentication server 140 or an authentication monitor 160) can include enforcement contexts that if they match up with one or more triggers in the sets 420, 430, and/or 440, then the authentication rule 400 is triggered and executed. The authentication rule trigger sets can be inclusive, exclusive, or any combination thereof. For example, if the authentication rule trigger set 420 is inclusive, then the authentication rule 400 is triggered when some enforcement point context matches any one of the triggers in the set 420 (i.e., boolean ‘OR’ logic). If the authentication rule trigger set 430 is exclusive, then the authentication rule 400 is triggered when no context or user authentication value matches any one of the triggers in the set 430 (i.e., boolean “AND NOT” logic). Generally, any boolean expression can be used with one or more triggers in one or more trigger sets to activate an authentication rule. If no triggers are included in an authentication trigger set 420, 430, and/or 440, then by default, the authentication rule 400 can be triggered everywhere.

Authentication rule trigger sets 420, 430, and/or 440 can include, for example, one or more of: a user trigger, a request trigger, an enforcement point trigger, a policy trigger, and/or the like. A user trigger can include a user identification, an organization or sub-organization identification, and/or other identifiers. A request trigger can include an access-channel trigger, and access-point trigger, a user device trigger, and/or the like. Access-channel triggers can include access-channel characteristics, as described above. Access-point triggers can include access-point characteristics, also described above. Device triggers can include device characteristics, also described above. Enforcement point triggers can include, for example, expiration time(s) trigger, time(s) of a day trigger, day(s) of a week trigger, a service type trigger, a function type trigger, and/or the like. A policy trigger can include a sponsor trigger, a resource owner trigger, and/or the like. Triggers can also specify execution of the authentication rule 400 during login process (i.e., front door processing) and/or during subsequent user navigation of the network 100 (i.e., deferred processing).

Authentication rule instructions 421, 431, and/or 441, can define how the authentication rule 400 can be fulfilled. Authentication rule instructions 421, 431, and/or 441, can include one or more instructions to be performed locally and/or remotely, and/or can include a link (e.g., a URL) to a different enforcement point in the network 100. Enforcement points can include, for example, an authentication server 140, a device manager 145, and/or an authentication monitor 160. If the authentication rule 400 does not have an authentication action specified, then an enforcement point can use a default action. For example, an authentication monitor 160 can, by default, direct a user to the authentication server 140 in cases where an authentication rule specifies no actions. In a supplemental or alternative embodiment, enforcement points can execute a default action even if the authentication rule 400 specifies an action.

Authentication rule states 422, 432, and/or 442, can be used in the selection and acquisition of the associated authentication rule triggers (420, 430, and 440) and rule actions (421, 431, and 441). For example, if the authentication rule 400 is in state ‘S1’, then only rule triggers 422 and 423, and associated rule actions 421 and 431 will be selected for retrieval. Authentication rule states 422, 432, and 442, can be stored in the rules server 141 and/or one or more device managers 145. Authentication rule states 422, 432, and 442, can also be associated with specific users, in which case a rule instance including the state can also be stored on the rules server 141. Persistent-type authentication rules, which are those rules whose state can remain unchanged across sessions, can be represented by the authentication states 422, 432, and/or 442, of an authentication rule 400. In some embodiments, the authentication rule 400 can transition from one state to the another state when, for example, the authentication rule 400 is satisfied and/or an expiration period elapses. In some configurations, authentication states can be associated with either persistent-based or session-based authentication rules. State-transitioning allows for lifecycle management of the authentication rule 400 in a workflow.

Tables I-III below illustrate examples of different authentication rules. The elements of the Tables I and II are described using the exemplary authentication rule 400 of FIG. 4.

TABLE I
Token Rule
Rule Data 410
RuleName: RetailToken
User: RetailConsumers
Owner: Retail
OwnerType: Realm
Class: Session
State 422Rule Trigger 420Rule Action 421
S0<empty><empty>
S1LoginMethod=U/PWReminder URL
S2LoginMethod=U/PWToken URL
S2Realm=RetailToken URL
S3<empty><empty>

Table I illustrates an example of a Token authentication rule sponsored by the Retail realm. The rule is acquired for all Retail consumers for each independent session. This rule specifies four states: S0—Token in Inventory, S1—Token Sent to User, S2—Token Activated, and S3—Token Discarded. The Token action includes two states (S0 and S3) that do not require actions at an enforcement point. The state of the rule changes from S0 to S1 when a user enrolls for a token. In state S1, the authentication rule requires an enforcement point to display a reminder-to-active message to the user whenever the user logs in using usermame and password. The state changes from S1 to S2 when a user activates a token. In state S2, the authentication rule requires an enforcement point to query the user for a passcode whenever the user logs in using usermame and password (e.g., at authentication server 140) or whenever the user visits a Retail resource (e.g., a server 130 associated with Retail). The state changes from S2 to S3 when a user un-subscribes.

TABLE II
Fraud Rule
Rule Data 410
Rule Name: FraudIPBlock
Owner: StockTrader
OwnerType: Realm
Class: NavRestrict
Source: IP = {10.24.189.*, 189.1.1.10-189.1.2.21}
Rule Trigger 420Rule Action 421
<empty>CallRepMessageURL

Table II illustrates an example of a Fraud authentication rule sponsored by the StockTrader realm. The rule is acquired for all requests that have a source IP address in a specified range (where ‘*’ indicates a wildcard and can include all hosts from 0-255). This rule does not include any rule triggers, so by default all enforcement points will re-direct the user to a CallRep site indicating, for example, that their account is under a Fraud watch and what options they have to correct the matter.

TABLE III
User-Customizable Token Rule
Rule Data 410
RuleName: CustomRetailToken
User: RetailConsumers
Owner: Retail
OwnerType: Realm
Class: Session
State 422Rule Trigger 420Rule Action 421
S0<empty><empty>
S1LoginMethod=U/PWReminder URL
S2LoginMethod=U/PWRSAToken URL
S2Realm=RetailRSAToken URL
S3LoginMethod=U/PWVerToken URL
S3Realm=RetailVerToken URL
S4<empty><empty>

Table III illustrates an example of a user-customizable Token authentication rule sponsored by the Retail realm. The rule is identical to the rule illustrated in Table I, except that in this scenario, Retail has given the customer an option of what kind of token to use: an RSA Token or a Verisign Token. When the user is in state S 1, the reminder action can ask the user what type of Token they have, after which the state is changed to either state S2 or S3 depending upon the response.

Returning to the flowchart 200 illustrated in FIG. 2, service provisioning can include receiving, from a user, a request for a service (220), optionally generating a rules credential that includes one or more authentication rules (230), determining whether one or more authentication rules apply (240), processing one or more applicable authentication rules if they apply (250), determining if more authentication rules are applicable (260), and/or provisioning the requested service (260).

Receiving a request for a service (220) can include any request for information exchange with one or more servers 130, the authentication server 140, one or more device managers 145, and/or one or more authentication monitors 160. The request for service can be the initial login request to the authentication server 140. The request for service can also take place after the initial login process, in which case the request can include a rules credential, discussed below.

Generating a rules credential that includes one or more authentication rules (230) can include generating a new rules credential (e.g., at initial login) and/or updating and re-generating the rules credential included in the request. A rules credential can include one or more authentication rules associated with a user based on selection criteria described in the authentication rule data section of an authentication rule (e.g., unique user identifiers and/or other characteristics). The rules server 141 can retrieve one or more authentication rules associated with the user. In a supplemental or alternative embodiment, a rules credential can include a compressed form of one or more authentication rules. For example, the compressed form can leave out one or more authentication actions in which case the enforcement point that evaluates the authentication rule will need to perform a default action.

In a supplemental or alternative embodiment, an authentication rule and/or a rules credential can also include the satisfaction state of an authentication rule. For example, for a session-based token authentication rule, a user can be required to enter in a token value once for each session. Initially, the generated rules credential will mark the token rule as unsatisfied. However, once the user correctly enters the appropriate token value, the token authentication rule can be marked as satisfied. Enforcement points will allow access to their services when they see that an authentication rule is satisfied, as described below. An authentication rule and/or a rules credential can also include a grouping identifier in relation to the satisfaction state of an authentication rule. For example, if a user is associated with more than one authentication rule that defines the same action and include the same group identifier, then when the user satisfies one authentication rule both authentication rules can be marked satisfied.

Table IV illustrates a satisfaction group example, in which three authentication rules have been defined including the same action (Token). The first authentication rule (for Retail resources) and the second authentication rule (for Institutional resources) are assigned to a common satisfaction group (‘0’). The third authentication rule (for personal transactions) is assigned to a separate group (‘1’). If the user satisfies either of the first or second authentication rules then the enforcement point can mark both satisfied in the rules credential for the user. The third authentication rule will remain unsatisfied until an enforcement point determines that its trigger set applies.

TABLE IV
Satisfaction Group Example
ActionGroupTriggerSetInstructions
Token0realm=RetailtokenURL
Token0realm=InstittokenURL
Token1trans=personaltokenURL

A rules credential can be transferred to the requesting user (e.g., as a web cookie) such that the authentication rules are portable and can travel with the user. In such a scenario, a user can navigate from resource to resource on the network 100 without having to interact with a central authentication server for every request for a service. For example, the authentication server 140 can initially process an authentication rule included in a rules credential that applies during the login process. If a rule does not apply at login time, it can remain in the rules credential for later use by one or more authentication monitors 160. As the user navigates resources around the network 100, the authentication monitors 160 defending the resources in respective servers 130 can evaluate the authentication rules included in the rules credential and determine if they apply. When an authentication monitor 160 determines that an authentication rule applies, the authentication monitor 160 can execute the authentication rule.

A rules credential can also specify a processing order that one or more authentication rules should be processed. The order that one or more authentication rules are processed can be based on a priority code included in an authentication rule's data, the owner or sponsor of the authentication rule (e.g., provider/realm/client/user), the name of an action included in the authentication rule, or it can be based on one or more other elements of an authentication rule. For example, the rules credential can be generated such that all persistent-based rules are processed before all session-based rules. Rule priority can be an arbitrary value assigned by the creator of the authentication rules to order the authentication rule relative to other authentication rules.

An enforcement point can determine whether one or more authentication rules apply (240) based on information in one or more authentication rule triggers in an authentication rule and on information stored in the context of the enforcement point, as described above. If an authentication rule is applicable, the authentication rule is processed based on one or more authentication instructions specified by the authentication rule (250). After the authentication rule is processed, the rules credential can be re-acquired (230) to update any state change associated with the user. If un-processed authentication rules are left in the rules credential (260), the enforcement point performs elements (240) and (250). If no applicable authentication rules remain (260), then the requested service can be provisioned to the user (270).

USE CASE EXAMPLES

FIGS. 5-25 illustrate flow diagrams depicting use case examples for authenticated service provisioning. The elements of the flow diagrams in FIGS. 5-25 are described using the exemplary network 100 of FIG. 1. In these examples, each resource is illustrated to reside on a separate server (e.g., one of servers 130a-c). However, one or more resources can also reside on the same server and the use case examples can equally be applied as such. consumer using a user device 120 logs in to the authentication server 140. The initial request can include a user identification (e.g., username or userid), a password, and/or authentication context data. Authentication context data can include data characterizing: the authentication method, the access-channel, the access-location, the access-device, and/or the user role (e.g., customer, admin, etc.). The authentication server 140 forwards the user identification and authentication context data to the rules server 141 to retrieve the authentication rules associated with the consumer and/or the context. The rules server 141 can access a local or remote rules repository database to find the relevant authentication rules. The rules server 141 can generate a rules credential that includes the authentication rules. If more than one authentication rule was acquired, the rules server 141 can order the authentication rules in the rules credential based on, for example, a priority code, a type, a group code, and/or an action name of the authentication rules. The rules server 141 returns the rules credential to the authentication server 140. Either the rules server 141 and/or the authentication server 140 can perform further processing on the rules credential (e.g., compression or rule ordering). The authentication server 140 returns the rules credential to the user 120.

Use Case 2: Rule Update Acquisition

FIG. 6 illustrates a flow diagram depicting reacquiring a rules credential, which can include generating a new rules credential or updating an existing rules credential. The user 120 provides a rules credential and/or a rule satisfaction credential to the rules server 141. The rule satisfaction credential can be generated by another component in the network 100 to indicate that one or more authentication rules in the rules credential have been satisfied or not. The request to the rules server 141 can also include authentication context data as described above. The rules server 141 can access a local or remote rules repository database to find the relevant authentication rules. The rules server 141 generates a new rules credential or updates the existing rules credential to include the authentication rules. The satisfaction state of the authentication rules in the new rules credential are set based on the rule satisfaction credential received from the user as well as the current satisfaction state in the previous rules credential. For example, a user that successfully entered a token passcode will receive a rule satisfaction credential that the rules server 141 will use to mark the token authentication rule as satisfied. The rules server 141 can also update the state of a device (e.g., a hard token as: enrolled, activated, or discarded) in the respective device manager 145. The rules server 141 returns the rules credential to the authentication server 140.

Use Case 3S: Session-Type Rule Fulfillment

FIG. 7 illustrates a flow diagram depicting the fulfillment of a session-type authentication rule. A user 120 can be redirected by a resource to a rule fulfillment server 130a to enter, for example, a token passcode. The request includes a rules credential that, in turn, includes the authentication rule that is to be fulfilled. The authentication monitor 160a evaluates the authentication rules included in the rules credential and determines that an authentication rule applies (i.e., is triggered) and is not satisfied. However, since the rule fulfillment server 130a is the fulfillment point for the authentication rule, the authentication monitor 160a includes a specific override for the authentication rule and allows the user 120 to access the rule fulfillment server 130a. The rule fulfillment server 130a challenges the user 120 as indicated by the authentication rule (e.g., requesting a token passcode to be entered). The user 120 returns a response to the challenge. The authentication monitor 160a performs the same evaluation as described above and allows access to the rule fulfillment server 130a. The rule fulfillment server 130a evaluates the response and conveys the satisfaction state via a rule satisfaction credential (e.g., if the token passcode was correct then the rule satisfaction credential indicates the rule was satisfied). The rule fulfillment server 130a transmits the rule satisfaction credential to the user 20, who can then update their rules credential as illustrated in Case 2.

Use Case 3P: Persistent-Type Rule Fulfillment

FIG. 8 illustrates a flow diagram depicting the fulfillment of a persistent-type authentication rule. User Case 3P is identical to Use Case 3S except that after the rule fulfillment server 130a determines that an authentication rule has been satisfied, the rule fulfillment server 130a also sends a message to the rules server 141 indicating that the authentication rule has been satisfied. In other embodiments, the rule fulfillment server 130a can send a message to a device manager 145a indicating that the authentication rule has been satisfied (e.g., a device manager responsible for hard tokens can store state data indicating whether a hard token is activated or not).

Use Case 4: Rules Credential includes One Authentication Rule

FIG. 9 illustrates a flow diagram depicting the provisioning of a service when the rules credentials includes one authentication rule. The user 120 acquires the rules credential as illustrated in Case 1. The user 120 requests the service from resource server 130b. The request includes the rules credential. The resource authentication monitor 160b determines that the authentication rule included in the rules credential applies and is not satisfied. The resource authentication monitor 160b can also determine if any local override action exists. The default rule action redirects the user 120 to a fulfillment server URL. The user 120 fulfills the authentication rule as illustrated in Cases 3S or 3P depending on whether the rule is session-based or persistent-based. The user 120a returns to the authentication monitor 160b, which determines that the authentication rule applies and is satisfied. The authentication monitor 160b admits the request for service to the resource server 130b to provision the service.

Use Case 5: Sponsor Mandates a Non-Fulfilling Logging Rule for a User

FIG. 10 illustrates a flow diagram depicting a local non-fulfilling logging authentication rule. A sponsoring enterprise (e.g., a service provider) determines, for example, that a particular user 120 (e.g., JohnQAdams) may engage in fraudulent activity. The sponsor creates an authentication rule that requires every enforcement point to log additional information while processing the request. The authentication rule remains unsatisfied after fulfillment and requires the enforcement point 160b defending a protected resource 130b to log additional data about the request. Table V below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 5.

TABLE V
Use Case 5
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: JohnQAdams
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Channel
Type: Web
Source: 198.32.62.1
Agent: IE5.0.2019.7
UserRole: Customer
EnforcementContext
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: Retail
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Web
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: Logging
Rules Definition:
Logging:
TriggerSets(inclusive)
Channel: N/A
UserRole: N/A
BusUnit: N/A
Time: N/A
Day: N/A
Interval: N/A
AuthMethod: N/A
ServiceType: N/A
RuleActionName: FraudLog
RuleType: Info
GroupCode: 0
PriorityCode: 0
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: FraudLog
OptionalOverride: None

Use Case 6: Sponsor Mandates a Non-Fulfilling Redirection Rule for a User

FIG. 11 illustrates a flow diagram depicting a non-fulfilling redirection authentication rule. A sponsoring enterprise (e.g., a service provider) determines, for example, that a particular user 120 (e.g., JohnQAdams) may engage in fraudulent activity. The sponsor creates an authentication rule that is enforced at all enforcement points (e.g., 160b) to defend a protected service by redirecting the user 120 to a different location 160c. The authentication rule remains unsatisfied after fulfillment. The policy of the enforcement point defending the second enforcement point 160c (EP2) overrides the default action and permits the request to enter. Table VI below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 6.

TABLE VI
Use Case 6
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: JohnQAdams
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Channel
Type: Web
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Customer
EnforcementContext: EP1
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: Wholesale
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Web
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
EnforcementContext: EP2
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: Wholesale
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9:01am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Web
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride:
RestrictSite:
admit if unsat
RuleAction: RestrictSite
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: Redirection
Rules Definition:
Redirection:
TriggerSets(inclusive)
Channel: N/A
UserRole: N/A
BusUnit: N/A
Time: N/A
Day: N/A
Interval: N/A
AuthMethod: N/A
ServiceType: N/A
RuleActionName: Restrict
RuleType: NavRestrict
GroupCode: 0
PriorityCode: 0
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: Redirect
FulfillmentLoc: AltURL
OptionalOverride: None

Use Case 7: Sponsor Mandates a Global Hard Token Rule

FIG. 12 illustrates a flow diagram depicting service provisioning using a global hard token rule. A sponsor creates a mandatory hard token authentication rule for all users of the sponsor, including user 120. The authentication rule applies when any user accesses any service (e.g., retail account summary at server 130a). The user 120 must satisfy the authentication rule once in a session. If the authentication rule is not satisfied, the authentication rule requires the user 120 to provide a hard token generated one-time PIN when the user visits the protected resource 130a. If the user 120 correctly inputs the appropriate passcode at token server 130b, then the user's rules credential can be updated, as illustrated in Case 2, to mark the hard token rule satisfied. The user 120 can then access the requested service at server 130a. Table VII below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 7.

TABLE VII
Use Case 7
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: JohnQAdams
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Channel
Type: Web
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Customer
EnforcementContext
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: Wholesale
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Web
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: HardToken
Rules Definition:
HardToken:
TriggerSets(inclusive)
Channel: N/A
UserRole: N/A
BusUnit: N/A
Time: N/A
Day: N/A
Interval: N/A
AuthMethod: N/A
ServiceType: N/A
RuleActionName: HTokenAct
RuleType: Session
GroupCode: 0
PriorityCode: 1
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: Redirect
FulfillmentLoc: HTokenURL
OptionalOverride: None

Use Case 8: Sponsor Offers Users Option to Use a Global Hard Token Rule

FIG. 13 illustrates a flow diagram depicting service provisioning using an optional global hard token rule. A sponsor creates an optional hard token authentication rule for all users that enroll with the sponsor, including user 120, who has activated their hard token. The authentication rule applies when any user accesses any service (e.g., Employee Services Company (ESCo) Enrollment Server 130a). The user 120 must satisfy the authentication rule once in a session. If the authentication rule is not satisfied, the authentication rule requires the user 120 to fulfill the authentication rule at hard token server 130b. The hard token authentication monitor 160b determines that the rule applies and is not satisfied. However, the hard token authentication monitor 160b includes an override in this case and provides access to the hard token server 130b, which challenges the user 120 to provide a hard token generated one-time PIN. If the user 120 correctly inputs the appropriate passcode at token server 130b, then the user's rules credential can be updated, as illustrated in Case 2, to mark the hard token rule satisfied. The user 120 can then access the requested enrollment service at Employee Services Company server 130a. Table VIII below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 8.

TABLE VIII
Use Case 8
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: JohnQAdams
AuthMethod: NBCust
AuthBusUnit: ESCo
Channel
Type: Web
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Customer
EnforcementContext
AuthMethod: NBCust
AuthBusUnit: ESCo
Owner: ESCo
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Web
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: HardToken
Rules Definition:
HardToken:
TriggerSets(inclusive)
Channel: N/A
UserRole: N/A
BusUnit: N/A
Time: N/A
Day: N/A
Interval: N/A
AuthMethod: N/A
ServiceType: N/A
RuleActionName: HTokenAct
RuleType: Session
GroupCode: 0
PriorityCode: 1
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: Redirect
FulfillmentLoc: HTokenURL
OptionalOverride: None

Use Case 9: Sponsor Mandates a User-Configurable Global Hard Token Rule

FIG. 14 illustrates a flow diagram depicting service provisioning using an user-configurable global hard token rule. A sponsor can create one or more hard token authentication rules to be used with different hard token vendors (e.g., RSA, Verisign, etc.). The sponsor can allow users enrolled for hard tokens to select what type of hard token to use. User 120 has selected hard token A and has activated their hard token such that the payload instruction in the authentication rule directs the user to hard token A server 130b. In this case, the authentication rule is mandated by the sponsor, however the sponsor can also make the rule optional to the user 120. Table IX below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 9.

TABLE IX
Use Case 9
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: JohnQAdams
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Channel
Type: Web
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Customer
EnforcementContext
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: Retail
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Web
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: HardTokenA
Rules Definition:
HardTokenA:
TriggerSets(inclusive)
Channel: N/A
UserRole: N/A
BusUnit: N/A
Time: N/A
Day: N/A
Interval: N/A
AuthMethod: N/A
ServiceType: N/A
RuleActionName: HTokenAAct
RuleType: Session
GroupCode: 0
PriorityCode: 1
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: Redirect
FulfillmentLoc: HTokA URL
OptionalOverride: None

Use Case 10a: Sponsor Group Mandates a Hard Token Rule

FIG. 15 illustrates a flow diagram depicting service provisioning using a group mandated hard token rule. A group of a sponsor (e.g., a client company of an employee services company) creates a mandatory hard token rule for all employees, including user 120a, of the client company. The authentication rule applies whenever the users enter via the group's unit authentication method or when the users visit a protected resource of the group. The user 120a must satisfy the authentication rule only once in an authentication session. The group of the sponsor, or the sponsor, provides a list of the employees and the sponsor can create this authentication rule for each of the employees. Table X below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 10.

TABLE X
Use Case 10
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: JohnQAdams
AuthMethod: NBPart
AuthBusUnit: ESCo
Channel
Type: Web
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Customer
EnforcementContext
AuthMethod: NBPart
AuthBusUnit: ESCo
Owner: ESCo
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Web
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: HardToken
Rules Definition:
HardToken:
TriggerSets(inclusive)
Channel: N/A
UserRole: N/A
BusUnit: ESCo
Time: N/A
Day: N/A
Interval: N/A
AuthMethod: N/A
ServiceType: N/A
RuleActionName: HTokenAct
RuleType: Session
GroupCode: 0
PriorityCode: 1
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: Redirect
FulfillmentLoc: HTokenURL
OptionalOverride: None

Use Case 10b: Sponsor Group Mandates a Hard Token Rule

FIG. 16 illustrates a flow diagram depicting service provisioning using the group mandated hard token rule of Use Case 10a. However, the user 120b is not an employee of the Employee Services Company (ESCo). In this case, the rules credential does not include the authentication rule from Use Case 10a. Therefore, the ESCo Account authentication monitor 160a allows the user 120 to access the ESCo Account server 130a.

Use Case 11: Sponsor Group Offers an Optional Hard Token Rule

FIG. 17 illustrates a flow diagram depicting service provisioning using a group-sponsored optional hard token rule. A group of a sponsor (e.g., a client company of an employee services company) creates an optional hard token rule for all employees, including users 120a and 120b, of the client company. User 120a is enrolled in the hard token, and service provisioning follows the flow diagram illustrated in Case 8. User 120b, while an employee in a group that is a plan sponsor in Employee Services Company (ESCo), is not enrolled in the hard token. Therefore, the rules credential for user 120b does not include the hard token authentication rule and the ESCo Account authentication monitor 160a allows the user 120b to access the ESCo server 130a. Likewise, for a user 120c that is not a member of a group sponsor in ESCo, their rules credential will not include a hard token authentication rule. Table XI below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 11.

TABLE XI
Use Case 11
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: JohnQAdams
AuthMethod: NBPart
AuthBusUnit: ESCo
Channel
Type: Web
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Customer
EnforcementContext
AuthMethod: NBPart
AuthBusUnit: ESCo
Owner: ESCo
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Web
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: HardToken
Rules Definition:
HardToken:
TriggerSets(inclusive)
Channel: N/A
UserRole: N/A
BusUnit: ESCo
Time: N/A
Day: N/A
Interval: N/A
AuthMethod: N/A
ServiceType: N/A
RuleActionName: HTokenAct
RuleType: Session
GroupCode: 0
PriorityCode: 1
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: Redirect
FulfillmentLoc: HTokenURL
OptionalOverride: None

Use Case 12: User has Multiple Rule Types

FIGS. 18A-B illustrate a flow diagram depicting service provisioning when a user has three authentication rules: logging, hard token, and forced ACI. The rules are ordered in the rules credential such that the logging rule is evaluated first at each enforcement point, followed by evaluation of the hard token rule, and then evaluation of the forced ACI rule. The user 120 requests an account summary service from ESCo Account server 130a. The ESCo authentication monitor 160a determines that the logging rule applies and logs information about the session. Next, the ESCo authentication monitor 160a determines that a hard token rule applies and is not satisfied. The user 120 is redirected to fulfill the hard token authentication rule. The hard token authentication monitor 160b also determines that the logging rule applies and logs information on the session. Next, the hard token authentication monitor 160b determines that the hard token authentication rule applies and is not satisfied. However, since the hard token authentication monitor 160b protects the server 130b that is associated with fulfillment of the hard token authentication rule, an override exists that allows the user 120 to access the hard token server 130b.

As illustrated in FIG. 18B, the user 120 returns to the ESCo authentication monitor 160a, which still determines that the logging rule applies and logs information about the session. The ESCo authentication monitor 160a now, however, determines that the hard token rule is satisfied and evaluates the next authentication rule in the rules credential. The forced ACI authentication rule is a persistent rule that forces the user 120 to change their ID if their current ID is set to be their social security number (SSN). The user 120 is redirected to change their ID (i.e., fulfill the forced ACI authentication rule). The SSN ID authentication monitor 160c determines that the logging rule applies and logs information on the session, and that the hard token rule applies but is satisfied. Next, the SSN ID authentication monitor 160c determines that the forced ACI authentication rule applies, is not satisfied, but that an override exists for the rule to allow access to the the SSN ID server 130c. The user 120 is challenged to change their ID and the forced ACI rule is satisfied if the ID is not the user 120's SSN. The user 120 is subsequently allowed to access their account summary at server 130a. Table XII below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 12.

TABLE XII
Use Case 12
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: GeneralUser
AuthMethod: NBPlanAdmin
AuthBusUnit: ESCo
Channel
Type: Any
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Admin
EnforcementContext
AuthMethod: NBPlanAdmin
AuthBusUnit: ESCo
Owner: ESCo
UserRole: Admin
Time: 11am
Day: Thursday
Expiration: None
Channel: Any
ServiceType: Any
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: Logging
Rule 2: HardToken
Rule 3: ForcedACI
Rules Definition:
Logging: (see Table XIX)
HardToken: (see Table XI)
ForcedACI: (see Table XV)

Use Case 13: User has Multiple Rule Types Triggering in Different Business Units

FIGS. 19A-B illustrates a flow diagram depicting service provisioning when a user has multiple rule types triggering in different business units. For various reasons, a user that is both a normal customer and also an employee of a client organization can have acquired a set of rules that comprise: a non-fulfilling logging rule (due to suspicious browser characteristics that triggers in Retail and ESCo), a hard token rule (due to customer opt-in that triggers only in Retail), and a non-SSN ID (forced ACI) rule (due to client organization mandate that triggers only in ESCo). FIGS. 19A-B illustrate how the rules are triggered and enforced for Use Case 13 as the user 120 navigates the network 100. Table XIII below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 13.

TABLE XIII
Use Case 13
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: GeneralUser
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Channel
Type: Any
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Customer
EnforcementContext: EP1
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: Retail
UserRole: Customer
Time: 11am
Day: Thursday
Expiration: None
Channel: Any
ServiceType: Any
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: Logging
Rule 2: HardToken
Rule 3: ForcedACI
Rules Definition:
Logging: (see Table XIX)
HardToken: (see Table XI)
ForcedACI: (see Table XV)
EnforcementContext: EP2
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: ESCo
UserRole: Customer
Time: 11:05am
Day: Thursday
Expiration: None
Channel: Any
ServiceType: Any
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None

Use Case 14: Hard Token User is Challenged, Navigates Away to Non-Protected Site

FIG. 20 illustrates a flow diagram depicting service provisioning when a user is challenged for a hard token and navigates away to a non-protected site. A client organization of an enterprise business unit (e.g. a client of ESCo Services) requires their employees to use a hard token to enter the Enterprise Business Unit. When such a user attempts to visit any protected resource of the Business Unit, and the rule is not satisfied, the rule challenges the user to provide a hard token generated one-time PIN. In this example, the user 120 declines to enter a token value and navigates away to another Enterprise Business Unit at which they have a relationship and at which the hard token rule does not apply. They are allowed entry to the other Enterprise Business Unit. FIG. 20 illustrates how the rules are triggered and enforced for Use Case 14 as the user 120 navigates the network 100. Table XIV below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 14.

TABLE XIV
Use Case 14
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: JohnQAdams
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Channel
Type: Web
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Customer
EnforcementContext: EP1
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: ESCo
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Web
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
EnforcementContext: EP3
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: ESCo
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9m
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Web
ServiceType: Challenge
LocalOverride(s): Allow
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: HardToken
Rules Definition:
HardToken: (see Table XI)
EnforcementContext: EP2
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: Retail
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9:10am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Web
ServiceType: Financial
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None

Use Case 15: Enterprise Creates Non-Fulfilling Logging Rule for Suspect Phone Number

FIG. 21 illustrates a flow diagram depicting service provisioning when a logging rule applies to a suspect phone number. An enterprise determines that users entering their system using the phone number 999 555 1212 may be fraudulent. Rule acquisition processing creates and imposes a non-fulfilling rule on any user using this phone number. The rule requires every enforcement point to log additional information about users that have this rule. FIG. 21 illustrates how the rules are triggered and enforced for Use Case 15 as the user 120 navigates the network 100. Table XV below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 15.

TABLE XV
Use Case 15
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: JohnQAdams
AuthMethod: PhoneCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Channel
Type: Phone
Source: 999 555 1212
Agent: PhoneCo
UserRole: Customer
EnforcementContext
AuthMethod: PhoneCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: Retail
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Phone
ServiceType: Financial
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: Logging
Rules Definition:
Logging:
TriggerSets(inclusive)
Channel: Phone
UserRole: N/A
BusUnit: N/A
Time: N/A
Day: N/A
Interval: N/A
AuthMethod: N/A
ServiceType: N/A
RuleActionName: FraudLog
RuleType: Informational
GroupCode: 0
PriorityCode: 1
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: FraudAct
FulfillmentLoc: Local
OptionalOverride: None

Use Case 16: Entity Mandates That Their Users Create a Non-SSN ID

FIG. 22 illustrates a flow diagram depicting service provisioning using a forced ACI authentication rule. An entity (e.g., a client organization of an enterprise business unit) requires that its employees not use their social security number as their user ID for login. This forced ACI authentication rule applies to all users of the entity. When such a user attempts to login and the rule is not satisfied (i.e., the user's ID is their SSN), then the authentication rule requires the user to change their user ID to another non-SSN ID. Once the user changes their ID, the rule is always marked as fulfilled. Note, that if the user logs in via a different authentication method (offered by a different business unit), the rule will not be triggered and the user will not see the rule behavior. FIG. 22 illustrates how the rules are triggered and enforced for Use Case 16 as the user 120 navigates the network 100. Table XVI below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 16.

TABLE XVI
Use Case 16
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: 000-00-0000
AuthMethod: NBPart
AuthBusUnit: ESCo
Channel
Type: Any
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Customer
EnforcementContext
AuthMethod: NBPart
AuthBusUnit: ESCo
Owner: ESCo
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Any
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: ForcedACI
Rules Definition:
ForcedACI:
TriggerSets (inclusive)
Channel: N/A
UserRole: N/A
BusUnit: ESCo
Time: N/A
Day: N/A
Interval: N/A
AuthMethod: NBPart
ServiceType: N/A
RuleActionName: ForcedACI
RuleType: Persistent
GroupCode: 0
PriorityCode: 2
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: Redirect
FulfillmentLoc: IDChangeURL
OptionalOverride: None

Use Case 17: User has Multiple Hard Token Rules Grouped

An entity (e.g., Retail) can require its users to use Hard Token A to access their resources. Another entity (e.g., ESCo) can require its users to use Hard Token B to access their resources. The satisfaction of either rule satisfies both rules (i.e., the rules are grouped). A user who is a Retail user and an ESCo user will acquire both rules. If the user first enters the Retail Business Unit, they will be challenged to enter the value from Hard Token A. If they then enter the ESCo Business Unit, they will not be challenged to enter a Hard Token B value. Conversely, if the user first enters ESCo, they will be challenged to enter a Hard Token B value. If they subsequently enter the Retail Business Unit, they will not be challenged to enter a Hard Token A value. Table XVII below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 17.

TABLE XVII
Use Case 17
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: GeneralUser
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Channel
Type: Any
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Customer
EnforcementContext
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: Retail
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Web
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: HardToken A
Rule 2: HardToken B
Rules Definition:
HardTokenA:
TriggerSets(inclusive)
BusUnit: Retail
RuleActionName: HTokenAct
RuleType: Session
GroupCode: 1
PriorityCode: 1
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: Redirect
FulfillmentLoc: HTokenAURL
OptionalOverride: None
HardTokenB:
TriggerSets (inclusive)
BusUnit: ESCo
RuleActionName: HTokenAct
RuleType: Session
GroupCode: 1
PriorityCode: 1
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: Redirect
FulfillmentLoc: HTokenBURL
OptionalOverride: None

Use Case 18: Entity Mandates a Non-Fulfilling Redirection Rule for a User

FIG. 23 illustrates a flow diagram depicting service provisioning using a redirect authentication rule. An entity can impose a non-fulfilling redirection rule on all users entering via the web from a specified IP address. When a user enters from the specified IP address, the rule acquisition process recognizes the address and associates the redirection rule with the user. The authentication rule, which remains unsatisfied after fulfillment, requires the enforcement point defending a protected resource to redirect the user to a different location. The policy of the enforcement point defending the second location overrides the default action and permits the request to enter. This use case can be used for redirecting a suspect user from a main site resource to a more heavily instrumented monitoring site. FIG. 23 illustrates how the rules are triggered and enforced for Use Case 18 as the user 120 navigates the network 100. Table XVIII below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 18.

TABLE XVIII
Use Case 18
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: JohnQAdams
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Channel
Type: Web
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Customer
EnforcementContext: EP1
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: Wholesale
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Web
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: Redirection
Rules Definition:
Redirection:
TriggerSets(inclusive)
Channel: Web
RuleActionName: RstrctAltSit
RuleType: NavRestrict
GroupCode: 0
PriorityCode: 0
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: Redirect
FulfillmentLoc: AltSiteURL
OptionalOverride: None
EnforcementContext: EP2
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: Wholesale
UserRole: Customer
Time: 9:01am
Day: Wednesday
Expiration: None
Channel: Web
ServiceType: Financial
LocalOverride(s):
RstrctAltSit—Admit/unsat.
RuleActionPresence:
RstrctAltSit

Use Case 19: Entity Mandates a Non-Fulfilling Logging Rule for a User

FIG. 24 illustrates a flow diagram depicting service provisioning using a logging authentication rule. An entity can impose a mandatory non-fulfilling authentication rule that requires enforcement points to log additional information when a user visits while using a browser of a particular type. When a user uses such a browser, the rule acquisition process detects this situation and associates the logging authentication rule with the user. The default rule action is to locally log additional user information. FIG. 24 illustrates how the rules are triggered and enforced for Use Case 19 as the user 120 navigates the network 100. Table XVIII below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 19.

TABLE XIX
Use Case 19
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: JohnQAdams
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Channel
Type: Web
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Customer
EnforcementContext
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: Wholesale
UserRole: Customer
Day: Wednesday
Channel: Web
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: Logging
Rules Definition:
Logging:
TriggerSets(inclusive)
Channel: Web
UserRole: N/A
BusUnit: Retail, ESCo
Time/Day: N/A
RuleActionName: FraudLog
RuleType: Informational
GroupCode: 0
PriorityCode: 0
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: Log
FulfillmentLoc: Local
OptionalOverride: None

Use Case 20: Entity Restricts Admin Access to Specific Source IP Addresses.

An entity (e.g., BigCo at ESCo Services) can impose a non-fulfilling redirection authentication rule on all administrative users entering the Enterprise Business Unit via the web. The authentication rule can be applied to any client or organization administration user that is entering from an IP address other than one of those specified as valid by the entity. When such a user enters from an IP address not provided by the entity, the rule acquisition process recognizes this condition and associates the redirection rule with the user. The authentication rule requires the enforcement point defending a protected Business Unit resource to redirect the user to a second location. For example, the second location can inform the user that access is prohibited. Table XX below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 20.

TABLE XX
Use Case 20
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: JohnQAdams
AuthMethod: NBPsw
AuthBusUnit: ESCo
Channel
Type: Web
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Admin
EnforcementContext EP1
AuthMethod: NBPsw
AuthBusUnit: ESCo
Owner: ESCo
UserRole: Admin
Channel: Web
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
EnforcementContext EP1
AuthMethod: NBPsw
AuthBusUnit: ESCo
Owner: ESCo
UserRole: Admin
Channel: Web
ServiceType: PersonalData
LocalOverride(s):
non-approved
IP Address: allow
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: Redirection
Rules Definition:
Redirection:
TriggerSets(inclusive)
Channel: Web
UserRole: Admin
BusUnit: ESCo
Time/Day: N/A
RuleActionName:
RestrictToAltSite
RuleType: NavRestrict
GroupCode: 0
PriorityCode: 0
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: Redirect
FulfillmentLoc: AltSiteURL
OptionalOverride: None

Use Case 21: High Net Worth Customer Forbids Web Access to Writable Data

FIG. 25 illustrates a flow diagram depicting service provisioning using a high net worth customer defined authentication rule. A high net user (e.g., user “X”) can create a non-update authentication rule that forbids access to resources that allow the user to change data via any web channel. This authentication rule can redirect the user to an access-blocked message and remain unfulfilled. FIG. 25 illustrates how the rules are triggered and enforced for Use Case 21 as the user 120 navigates the network 100. Table XXI below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 21.

TABLE XXI
Use Case 21
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: X
AuthMethod: NBPart
AuthBusUnit: ESCo
Channel
Type: Web
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Admin
EnforcementContext Common
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: Retail
UserRole: Customer
Day: Wednesday
ExpirationTime: None
Channel: Web
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
at EP1
Time: 9am
ResourceType: Readable
at EP2
Time: 9:01am
ResourceType: Writable
at EP3
Time: 9:02am
ResourceType: Readable
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: NonUpdate
Rules Definition:
NonUpdate:
TriggerSets(inclusive)
Channel: Web
UserRole: N/A
BusUnit: N/A
Time: N/A
Day: N/A
ResourceType: Writable
RuleActionName: Redirect
RuleType: NavRestrict
GroupCode: 0
PriorityCode: 4
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: Redirect
FulfillmentLoc: BlockURL
OptionalOverride: None

Use Case 22: Entity Mandates a Hard Token Time Rule

An entity can impose a hard token time rule on all users that requires the user to enter a hard token value if the user attempts to make a trade while the stock market is open. The authentication rule requires the enforcement point defending a protected resource to redirect the user to a hard token fulfillment location if the current time is while the stock market is open and the rule is not satisfied. The policy of the enforcement point defending the fulfillment location overrides the default action and permits the request to enter. During after market hours, for example, the user is not required to enter a hard token since the trade will be executed at the next market open period. Table XXII below illustrates the rule and enforcement contexts and the authentication rule associated with Case 22.

TABLE XXII
Use Case 22
RuleAcquisitionContext
UserID: JohnQAdams
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Channel
Type: Web
Source: 127.0.0.1
Agent: IE6.0.2019.7
UserRole: Admin
EnforcementContext Common
AuthMethod: RetailCust
AuthBusUnit: Retail
Owner: Retail
UserRole: Customer
Day: Wednesday
ExpirationTime: None
Channel: Web
ResourceType: EquityTrade
LocalOverride(s): None
RuleActionPresence: None
Rule Set (in eval order)
Rule 1: HTokenTime
Rules Definition:
HTokenTime:
TriggerSets(inclusive)
Channel: Web
UserRole: Customer
BusUnit: N/A
Time: 9–4:30
Day: M, Tu, W, Th, F
Interval: N/A
ResourceType:
EquityTrade
RuleActionName: HTokenTime
RuleType: Session
GroupCode: 0
PriorityCode: 1
Satisfaction: NotSatis
DefaultFulAction: Redirect
FulfillmentLoc: HTokenURL
OptionalOverride: None

The above-described techniques can be implemented in digital electronic circuitry, or in computer hardware, firmware, software, or in combinations of them. The implementation can be as a computer program product, i.e., a computer program tangibly embodied in an information carrier, e.g., in a machine-readable storage device or in a propagated signal, for execution by, or to control the operation of, data processing apparatus, e.g., a programmable processor, a computer, or multiple computers. A computer program can be written in any form of programming language, including compiled or interpreted languages, and the computer program can be deployed in any form, including as a stand-alone program or as a subroutine, element, or other unit suitable for use in a computing environment. A computer program can be deployed to be executed on one computer or on multiple computers at one site.

Method steps can be performed by one or more programmable processors executing a computer program to perform functions of the invention by operating on input data and generating output. Method steps can also be performed by, and an apparatus can be implemented as, special purpose logic circuitry, e.g., an FPGA (field programmable gate array) or an ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit). Subroutines can refer to portions of the computer program and/or the processor/special circuitry that implements that functionality.

Processors suitable for the execution of a computer program include, by way of example, both general and special purpose microprocessors, and any one or more processors of any kind of digital computer. Generally, a processor receives instructions and data from a read-only memory or a random access memory or both. The essential elements of a computer are a processor for executing instructions and one or more memory devices for storing instructions and data. Generally, a computer also includes, or be operatively coupled to receive data from or transfer data to, or both, one or more mass storage devices for storing data, e.g., magnetic, magneto-optical disks, or optical disks. Data transmission and instructions can also occur over a communications network. Information carriers suitable for embodying computer program instructions and data include all forms of non-volatile memory, including by way of example semiconductor memory devices, e.g., EPROM, EEPROM, and flash memory devices; magnetic disks, e.g., internal hard disks or removable disks; magneto-optical disks; and CD, DVD, and HD-DVD disks. The processor and the memory can be supplemented by, or incorporated in special purpose logic circuitry.

To provide for interaction with a user, the above described techniques can be implemented on a computer having a display device, e.g., a CRT (cathode ray tube) or LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor, for displaying information to the user and a keyboard and a pointing device, e.g., a mouse or a trackball, by which the user can provide input to the computer (e.g., interact with a user interface element). Other kinds of devices can be used to provide for interaction with a user as well; for example, feedback provided to the user can be any form of sensory feedback, e.g., visual feedback, auditory feedback, or tactile feedback; and input from the user can be received in any form, including acoustic, speech, or tactile input.

The above described techniques can be implemented in a distributed computing system that includes a back-end component, e.g., as a data server, and/or a middleware component, e.g., an application server, and/or a front-end component, e.g., a client computer having a graphical user interface and/or a Web browser through which a user can interact with an example implementation, or any combination of such back-end, middleware, or front-end components.

The computing system can include clients and servers. A client and a server are generally remote from each other and typically interact through a communication network. The relationship of client and server arises by virtue of computer programs running on the respective computers and having a client-server relationship to each other.

One skilled in the art will realize the invention may be embodied in other specific forms without departing from the spirit or essential characteristics thereof. The foregoing embodiments are therefore to be considered in all respects illustrative rather than limiting of the invention described herein. Scope of the invention is thus indicated by the appended claims, rather than by the foregoing description, and all changes that come within the meaning and range of equivalency of the claims are therefore intended to be embraced therein.