Due to increased breaches, the security and privacy of your data—including your credentials (usernames and passwords)—is top of mind for developers as they build the applications you use at work. Over the past two years, we’ve seen the rapid adoption of security standards as developers seek to build safe and secure applications that meet the needs of the enterprise.
To allow users to login to their applications through single-sign on or password management tools, developers have typically leveraged one-factor authentication (username, password, security question) to protect their applications. Over the past two years, Okta’s dataset shows the rapid growth—614 percent—of enterprise applications built with SAML, a highly secure authentication mechanism. SAML uses single-use, expiring tokens to exchange authentication and authorization data between a trusted identity provider and an application, and eliminates the need for people using the service to remember their usernames and passwords.
The digital transformation of businesses has been well-documented by our partner Accenture. Businesses are rapidly adopting digital technologies, not just for their employees, but to provide value to their partners, engage their customers and add revenue streams. Okta’s dataset shows that as businesses deliver digital technologies, they are becoming responsible for more data than ever, and many businesses are moving their critical infrastructure to the cloud.