OKTA MFA

In recent years, the increase in threats to password security made multi-factor authentication the new trend.

It serves as an essential means of increasing the assurance of validation for enterprise and consumer mobile and Web applications

Authentication can be accomplished through validation of the three types of factors: something you have (I.D card), something you are (your fingerprint), and something you know (like a password).

Multi-factor authentication uses at least two means of authentication. Mobile and Web applications employ the multi-factor authentication which uses a password and a time-based token that is possessed by the user, although the MFA approach presents different tradeoffs and varies widely.

Further below, we expand on why multi-factor authentication is the best solution for your password security issues and the different methods for deploying it. We have carefully analyzed the result of a survey made with IDG that shows the priorities of your peers and how Identity and Access Management helps in strong security and authenticity.

The next step is to explore your options before deploying your Multi-factor authentication, like access needs and policies. We will then provide practical advice for clients interested in building MFA for their apps, based on our experience and observations with engineers.

Setup and Configuration

The first step involved in getting Okta MFA setup for your organization is to connect teachers service to an existing AD domain. Okta offers an AD agent that conjoins security group objects and users to Okta’s universal Directory.

Installing the agent involves downloading the installer and sliding through a wizard that needs you to confirm necessary information about your AD stores, such as the service account name, the service account password, and the domain name.

After you’re done with the installation wizard, you will be required to paste your log-in information to be able to initiate the connection between Okta Identity Management service and the agent.

After it is installed, the Okta Management app provides basic maintenance tasks like starting and stopping the agent, configuring a proxy server, and adding other domains to the service.

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Why Okta for MFA?

The identity management approach of Okta is superbly placed to help businesses in both multi-factor authentication and identity to reduce data breaches. Okta’s multi-factor authentication can help you do that:

 

Enable strong multi-factor authentication “everywhere.”

  • Improves contextual, intelligent access decisions due to connection and device attributes
  • Extends coverage to premises applications through support for RDP, LDAP, ADFS, and RADIUS

But to defend against breaches in the best way possible, you’ll require more than basic authentication. You can easily use Okta to:

Centralize identity

  • Simplify access and simultaneously Unify it for users to eliminate passwords
  • Reduce account management complexity
  • Reduce identity sprawl and reduce risk by restricting access to services through brilliant SAML connections

Reduce the attack surface

  • Extensible for custom applications through Okta’s API, SDK, and SCIM

Automated deprovisioning and provisioning increases consistent onboarding, while simultaneously removing orphan accounts

Enable rapid response to compromise

  • Identify unusual and suspicious behaviors
  • Enhance and enrich the cybersecurity environment investment through Okta’s System Log API, that includes: ArcSight, Palo Alto Networks, F5 Networks, IBM QRadar, and more
  • Centralized view into all authentication data across cloud, on-premises and mobile applications

• Full-fledged lifestyle management allows the right amount of access to the ideal applications with access request workflows

PROS

It supports geographic zones and mobile device management which makes it a robust offering. Its geographical functionality is much better, and its overall reporting functionality is improved. Its ability to manage identity flow/attribute information among various providers is top of the notch.

CONS

Consumer Identity-Management features are still in their early stage. Authentication to on-premises apps needs expensive hardware.

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