Byron Caswell: The FCC has basically six lines of business, primarily focused on licensing and auctions. From a citizen perspective, every TV station owns a license that is for a spectrum from the FCC. That frequency of your radio station is the same thing. It's a regulatory agency, meaning that part of the process that goes through to develop rules and regulations includes public engagement.
We had looked really at transforming the way they deliver citizen centric services and accelerating a path to the cloud, really to improve the scalability, security and agility of the overall IT organisation.
When we looked at the technology solutions that made up our new enterprise, basically stack, we were trying to get to a sustainable, predictable cost model.
Dustin Luan: Our CIO is 100% in the cloud, so identity in the cloud was one of the first primary initiatives. Government agencies, anybody is always thinking about security posture. Right? So what it means and what we are well aware of is no longer is it fruitful for government agencies to take that role on themselves, so companies like Okta can provide more resources, more money, more time, or thought around their product and security posture.
Byron Caswell: Where Okta came in for the FCC specifically was at a reasonable cost the ability to offload some of that identity management problem that we had into scale seamlessly as we sort of move more and more services onto cloud platforms. Okta was one of the key portions of the flexible enterprise architecture that we had put together that would really help us deliver an identity layer on top of other cloud products that we had selected to help deliver citizen centric services. So, Okta is an accelerator on the internal side. We have employees, contractors, staff members, partners that need new services that help them with their jobs better. Okta was one of those very quick things, those very important things that we could help swing over old services from like legacy Exchange to Office 365. Well, managing identity in Okta there helped us do a more seamless swing over.
On the external side, we were caught with 20 years of legacy technology and there's only so fast that you can ever go. Using that sort of consolidated authentication service with Okta has made that really quick on the cloud platforms that we choose to deliver services on.
It's difficult for a lot of cloud services to really embody and live the security mindset that is the compliance stick that government agencies use to hit and prevent from really being able to leverage some kind of modern technology. What we found with Okta was a partner that lived that.
As a government regulatory agency, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is stacked with responsibilities, monitoring television, radio, the internet, and more. In order to perform better, they needed dedicated, seamless, and secure cloud identity management solutions that can offload some of the weight on their shoulders. This is where Okta enters the fray.