Okta unveils new cloud innovations for workforce identity – ETCIO SEA

Okta unveils new cloud innovations for workforce identity – ETCIO SEA

Presented by Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ: Okta), the leading provider of independent identity, today in Oktane22 brings new innovations to the Okta Workforce Identity Cloud, enhancing a single level of control for identity management across all enterprise resources and users. New innovations include anti-phishing agents across user and resource types, unified access management, governance, and premium capabilities through an easy-to-use solution loved by end users and IT professionals.

Today’s enterprise workforce consists of employees, contractors, and business partners who leverage technologies across on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments to achieve their goals. In a complex and rapidly changing ecosystem, identity remains an important connective tissue between people’s ecosystem and the technologies they need to perform their best work. Phishing in particular remains one of the most pressing issues, with more than 60% of social engineering-driven data breaches attributable to credential abuse, according to Verizon’s 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report. As the organization becomes more diverse, organizations need a unified identity approach to protect employees, third parties, and critical infrastructure from the growing identity-based threats.

Organizations can combat phishing and third-party vulnerabilities with new security features such as:

  • FastPass Anti-phishing Advanced Access: Provides anti-phishing for all managed devices, anti-phishing for unmanaged devices across macOS, Windows, and Android.
  • WebAuthn Allow List: Helps organizations secure WebAuthn logging in only hardware keys issued by a specific organization to prevent phishing attempts.
  • Passkey Management: Prevents users from registering with multi-device FIDO credentials as passkeys, and preempts any potential risks from unmanaged and unsecured devices accessing sensitive applications.
  • New Enhanced Security Checks for Unmanaged Devices: Gives security teams deeper insight into the devices trying to access their applications and data, enabling zero-trust security initiatives for their organizations across the entire workforce and supply chain.

Workflow users can create new security automation responses with the following features:

  • Security templates: enable teams to take proactive measures such as identifying changes in user behavior that create a risk to an organization, continuously monitoring and improving an organization’s security posture, or automating the entire security policy application at the identity layer.
  • Connector Builder: Simplifies building new connectors without code with the Codeless Workflow Designer. Technology vendors can use Connector Builder to create connectors for their clients, and administrators can also easily connect custom tools.

Key new capabilities of Okta Privileged Access include:

  • Credential Vault: Provides credential vault and rotation for local user accounts and human-managed shared secrets, and will provide just-in-time (JIT) access request and approval workflows for human, machine, and application users alike, eliminating the need for unnecessary permanent permissions.
  • Premium Governance and Compliance: Generates distinct access reports and additional session management capabilities, creating an audit trail to detect and prevent unwanted behavior, and to help demonstrate compliance.
  • Modern Infrastructure Access Management: Provides passwordless access management with an ephemeral certificate-based license to modern infrastructure including Kubernetes, Linux and Windows servers.

Okta’s Unified Identity Platform approach enables organizations to:

  • Process automation across IAM, Okta Identity Governance, and Okta Privileged Access: Integrates multiple identity solutions into one platform with little time-to-value and no code or APIs.
  • End Identity Silos: Drives better security and compliance outcomes by eliminating identity silos to provide end-to-end management and access management.
  • Simplify management of enterprise identities: Enhances management of access and entitlements across every resource, and for any user with any level of privilege.

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