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Okta enhances its Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication

By Patrick Martlew
Fri 1 Sep 2017
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Global Identity and Access Mangement (IAM) provider Okta has announced new functionality for its cloud-based Okta Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication (AMFA).

The announcement came at the company’s annual Oktane conference in Las Vegas, which saw record attendance figures of over 2500 people.

Okta AMFA will now provide a more comprehensive set of authentication factors and robust policy frameworks that support contextual access management and adaptive, risk-based authentication.

AMFA will also support a broader set of applications, and can now be used for RDP, LDAP, other Single Sign On (SSO) products, ADFS, custom web apps and RADIUS.

It’s an effort to bolster the effectiveness and reach of the Okta Identity Cloud and more specifically the Okta application network, which the company has renamed, now calling it the Okta Integration Network.

Yassir Abousselham, Okta, chief security officer says the announcement is significant as credential harvesting is becoming a bigger security concern for cloud-based organisations with more data in more locations.

“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,” he says.

“With enhancements to our AMFA solution, marking 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.”

The Okta Identity Cloud closely monitors access behaviours 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.

Organisations 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.

The company also announced that basic two-factor authentication now comes standard for every Okta user, with the company’s Single Sign On (SSO) service now coming bundled with basic 2FA.

This means Okta SSO will now include a simple one-time passcode strong authentication for all users – making two-factor authentication now the standard for everyone that uses Okta.

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