The new identity standard


    Identity is becoming key to every organisation’s security posture. In a digital world of mobile, big data, cloud and IOT - people, processes, data and devices are all converging to reshape how business is done on a daily basis.

                    

    Moreover, the move to a digital world is bringing new threats from a cyber security perspective. Today, an organisation’s weaknesses are known, and a determined adversary might target your organisation through its supply chain, another third party, or even an employee. And with regulations such as POPI and GDPR, the ramifications of a breach even more dire. Businesses need to start taking steps now.

                    

    People have also become the new perimeter, so businesses need to start building protection around who the individual is, irrespective of the device they use, or the location they are working from. This is the new reality. A few years ago, all identities were internal, but over time a hybrid environment has developed, and identity has become an independent and neutral platform. Users do not want multiple user names and passwords. They want one identity that allows them to access the tools they need whether cloud based, or on-premise.

                    

    The Okta Identity Cloud is an independent and vendor-neutral platform that securely connects the right people to the right technologies at the right time. It allows organisations to centralise identity and add strong multi-factor authentication across hybrid IT systems, and to augment visibility to respond faster to security threats.


    The platform can scale to meet the needs of any size organisation, allowing the business to focus on strategic priorities. It was 100% born and built in the cloud, and offers one, complete, integrated service for every type of user. It is a pure multi-tenant solution and an independent and neutral platform, that is future proof, and enables millions of people to securely connect to the tools they need.


    It uses thousands of integrations, cloud and on-premise, to securely connect everything, giving the business the ability to easily manage single sign-on, provision users, and sync data across  apps and systems.

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    Moreover, it allows businesses to securely connect HR and IT systems to automate employee onboarding through off-boarding. This is crucial, because HR needs to share employee data with IT so that it can provision, update, and deprovision users and applications when employees join, move, or leave. Most often, this exchange of data is done manually via email, attachments, or file extracts, creating problems which only get worse as companies grow.

                                                                    

    And manually onboarding and off-boarding employees is both inefficient and prone to errors, and slow or incomplete account deprovisioning during off-boarding creates security risks. Okta’s pre-built integrations between IT and HR systems automate the time-intensive, manual lifecycle management processes. Okta can automate IT processes such as the provisioning of new users, updating app permissions, syncing employee profile updates across systems, and quickly deprovisioning users. It also allows businesses to streamline entitlements through powerful rules to enforce intelligent access policies based on user location, role, privilege level, and more.

                                                                    

    To ensure businesses meet compliance requirements, Okta features a sophisticated reporting and a centralised audit trail.  This removes the need to co-ordinate multiple systems and individuals for reports, with a state-of-the-art reporting engine for drilling down to users, apps, and events.