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Okta Identity Management Review

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Adam C. Uzialko
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Apr 18, 2018
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In addition to its integration with a variety of directory types, detailed reporting, and a user-friendly experience, Okta features a policy engine that gives administrators a great degree of control over who can access what, how, when and where. Despite its powerful features, Okta costs the same as most of its competitors, making it a considerable contender. It works across all devices and platforms, meaning users can access applications wherever and whenever they need, security policies permitting. Overall, Okta presented itself as a top-notch SSO and earned our pick for best enterprise SSO solution.

Okta Identity Management

Okta Identity Management

The Best Single Sign On Solutions of 2019

The Verdict

Okta is an easy-to-use SSO solution that maintains a strong slate of integrations and useful features that help ease implementation even for larger organizations. That’s why we chose Okta Identity Management as our best pick for enterprise SSO solutions.

View all our recommendations for SSO solutions on our Best Picks page.

Pricing

Okta maintains a multi-tier pricing system, starting at $1 per user per month for the most basic service. To enable multi-factor authentication, which is a must for businesses, Okta costs $3 per user per month. The enterprise service, which the company recommends for 5,000-plus users, requires a quote but can be tailored to the demands of your organization. 

Key Features

Okta is easily navigable. The web portal, like many SSO solutions, organizes your applications and sites into a neat grid. The portal is customizable, allowing users to drag and drop icons and set up personalized tabs for quick reference. Administrators can also use the portal to update credentials. Okta's browser tab makes it easy to quickly cycle through and access your saved websites and applications.

On the back end, Okta reduces the pain of implementation with its compatibility, supporting integration with several directory types, including active directory and LDAP across multiple domains. It also includes robust security policy controls, helping administrators to tailor specific rules for access, multi-factor authentication and conditions.

Here are a few of Okta's most useful features for businesses:

User provisioning: Okta allows administrators a unique level of control over the user provisioning process. Settings for how and when to import a user based on specific conditions, such as whether they have an existing Okta account, help tailor an automated import process to suit your specific needs. For example, administrators can set the precise instances when they should be alerted to further monitor an account. This feature can expedite the implementation process by directing administrators' attention only to the necessary users.

Multi-factor authentication (MFA): MFA is imperative for security purposes, and Okta allows it to be activated in a number of ways. Several platforms come pre-integrated with Okta, and security policies can be set to require MFA under specific conditions. This added layer of security is especially important for large firms.

Security reports: Okta provides security reporting in real time, which can help administrators monitor the system for any signs of foul play, or to easily spot potential vulnerabilities before they become a problem. With a heavily data-driven approach, reports can feel overwhelming, but thorough and competent.

Drawbacks

The biggest limitation we encountered with Okta is that security policies have to be set on an application-by-application basis, meaning more tedious work for administrators. While this isn't a barrier to functionality, it slows the setup process and produces additional work for the IT department.

Ultimately, Okta delivers a superior product for an affordable price, but this is a worthwhile consideration that administrators should know. Still, Okta is an easy-to-use, powerful solution that allows administrators to craft the identity management process to best suit your organization's needs.

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Okta Identity Management

Okta Identity Management

The Best Single Sign On Solutions of 2019

The Verdict

Okta is an easy-to-use SSO solution that maintains a strong slate of integrations and useful features that help ease implementation even for larger organizations. That’s why we chose Okta Identity Management as our best pick for enterprise SSO solutions.

Adam C. Uzialko
Adam C. Uzialko
Adam C. Uzialko, a New Jersey native, graduated from Rutgers University in 2014 with a degree in political science and journalism and media studies. He reviews healthcare information technology, call centers, document management software and employee monitoring software. In addition to his full-time position at Business News Daily and Business.com, Adam freelances for several outlets. An indispensable ally of the feline race, Adam is owned by four lovely cats.