SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 29, 2017--
Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA), the leading independent provider of identity for the
enterprise, today delivered new functionality for its cloud-based Okta
Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication (AMFA), securing all resources in
the enterprise. The company also announced that basic two-factor
authentication now comes standard for every Okta user, setting a new
baseline for strong identity protection, and released new adaptive
security features to protect customers from the impacts of credential
theft and account takeover attacks.
“In today’s cloud and mobile world, we have more data, with more people,
and in more locations than ever before – making credential harvesting
the most fruitful tactic for today’s threat actors,” Yassir Abousselham,
Chief Security Officer at Okta. “Identity is now the security team’s
last control point because security can’t manage every single person,
device and app; what they can control is who has access to information,
and when. That’s why we’ve made significant investments to make the
security provided by the Okta Identity Cloud even more effective. Now,
with enhancements to our AMFA solution, multi-factor authentication as
the new standard of identity-driven security, and the ability to make
smarter security decisions based on context, we’re helping to ensure the
right person gets access to the right resources, at the right time.”
Security that Starts and Ends with Authentication
of data breaches involve stolen or weak credentials, and
safeguarding end users has become increasingly difficult due to the
increased flexibility of modern mobile and cloud technology. To help IT
and security teams manage today’s proliferation of users, applications
and devices, Okta focuses on securing the common point in each of these
scenarios – the user – which starts and ends with authentication.
By integrating and securing more than 5,000 applications, IT
infrastructure and devices in the Okta Identity Cloud, Okta makes
creating and maintaining secure credentials easy. Now Okta is adding to
its strong cloud-based authentication services to further mitigate the
risk of data breaches from compromised credentials for every Okta user.
Effective immediately, Okta Single Sign-On includes a simple one-time
passcode strong authentication for all users – making two-factor
authentication now the standard for everyone that uses Okta.
Additionally, because reusing the same password across accounts makes it
easier for threat actors to gain access to credentials, Okta is rolling
out a compromised password detection feature, which will prevent all
Okta users from using commonly used passwords and passwords that were
exposed as part of publicly known data breaches.
For instances where more robust security is required, Okta AMFA provides
a comprehensive set of authentication factors and a robust policy
framework that supports contextual access management and adaptive,
risk-based authentication. By using context, Okta AMFA gives the right
users access only to the data and application permissions they need, at
the right time – easily and securely. Now Okta is applying AMFA to an
even broader set of applications, and can now be used for RDP, LDAP,
other SSO products, ADFS, custom web apps and RADIUS, resulting in
exhaustive coverage of all applications in the Okta Integration Network.
Customers can also choose to start with AMFA before beginning their SSO
journey, or add AMFA to their existing Okta Identity Cloud service.
“At Levi Strauss & Co., we didn’t just invent the blue jean – we’ve been
innovating in apparel for more than 150 years. As we’ve continued to
grow, we’ve also looked for ways to use technology to enable simple,
consumer-like experiences for our employees, empowering them to do their
best work while at the same time allowing us to keep company information
secure,” said Colin Anderson, Chief Information Security Officer at Levi
Strauss & Co. “Okta makes this balance of security and usability
seamless. With identity as a core piece of our IT and security
infrastructure, we’re able to make access and authentication simple –
and now with Okta’s Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication, we’ll be able
to strengthen that security layer further across all our users,
applications and devices.”
Intelligent, Context-Driven Protection
The Okta Identity Cloud closely monitors access behaviors to determine
when there is a potential threat actor using compromised credentials to
gain access to sensitive company information. With this intelligence,
organizations using Okta AMFA can detect anomalies based on the user’s
location and client, such as OS and browser user agent – helping them
make more intelligent access decisions based on the context of the
authentication event. Organizations with AMFA can also now use Okta’s
device trust capabilities to determine whether or not an authentication
event is coming from a trusted/untrusted device, ensuring only trusted
devices can access business critical applications such as Office 365,
Workday or Salesforce.
Okta also uses information across the Okta Identity Cloud to understand
potential security threats to the Okta cloud platform. Okta’s security
operations team closely monitors security threats across the network
24/7 by capturing broad threat intelligence from our cloud-based
platform. Now Okta is sharing that intelligence across the network,
allowing organizations to both manually blacklist IP addresses when
being attacked and create a policy-based blacklisting for geographies
using information such as country and proxy status.
For more information on Okta’s new security features, visit okta.com/solutions/security/.
About Okta, Inc.
Okta is the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise.
The Okta Identity Cloud connects and protects employees of many of the
world's largest enterprises. It also securely connects enterprises to
their partners, suppliers and customers. With deep integrations to over
5,000 apps, the Okta Identity Cloud enables simple and secure access
from any device. Thousands of customers, including Experian, 20th
Century Fox, LinkedIn, Flex, News Corp, Dish Networks, and Adobe trust
Okta to work faster, boost revenue and stay secure. Okta helps customers
fulfill their missions faster by making it safe and easy to use the
technologies they need to do their most significant work.
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Source: Okta, Inc.