Microservices (or actually the microservice architectural style) promotes developing and deploying applications composed of independent, autonomous, modular, self-contained units. Unlike a more traditional system, often called ‘monolithic’, where all services are part of a single deployable unit. This results in various much-discussed tradeoffs:
What has not changed is the requirement that not everyone is allowed access to all parts of a system. The user needs to be identified and access rules need to be enforced.
Your assignment is to conduct a literate review to increase your breadth of knowledge of the available options to take care of Identity and Access Management (IAM) in a microservices architecture and to draw your deliberate conclusions.
Your research is not limited to ‘desk research’ as you create a distributed system implemented with the various Identity and Access Management options to substantiate your judgement.
keywords: security, stateless protocols, web tokens
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