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The Next Phase in Enterprise Security and MFA: Announcing the Okta Accent Pass Phrase

Phil
Phil Heyneker
Senior Director, Corporate Marketing

Increasing security has always been a key part of what we do here at Okta and the value we create for our customers. With companies like Anthem, eBay and Target falling victim to security breaches and making headlines for all the wrong reasons, organizations are increasingly challenged to more deeply secure their IT environments and protect corporate data.

One of the easiest and most proven ways to do this is through multi-factor authentication (MFA). Adding a second factor of authentication - a text message, a regenerating token or even a code pushed to your mobile device - is an incredibly powerful and low-friction way to keep hackers out and to ensure people are still able to access the apps they need from anywhere.

This has been a huge area of innovation for Okta. Many of our customers use Okta for MFA because it’s deeply integrated to our identity management service, and because we support several alternative factors of authentication that aren’t disruptive to the end-user experience. But our product and engineering teams aren’t sitting still. They’re constantly looking at new factors like biometrics, facial recognition and, most recently, voice recognition.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce the latest from our team at Okta Labs. We’re going beyond traditional voice recognition to implement an even deeper layer of security. We’re calling this latest feature the Okta Accent Pass Phrase -- and it’s available as a beta offering today.

Check out the video below for the full details, a demo and a sneak-peek at the new Okta log-in experience that our UX team has been working on since our latest Engineering Hackathon.

While we’re still working on the release of the Okta Accent Pass Phrase, learn about the current factors of MFA that Okta offers today at www.okta.com/mfa.

Phil
Phil Heyneker
Senior Director, Corporate Marketing

Phil runs Okta’s corporate marketing team, overseeing brand, web, customer marketing, PR, and communications. He has been with the company since February, 2013. Prior to Okta, Phil held a variety of product and solutions marketing roles at Cisco, SuccessFactors, and SAP. As a San Francisco native, he’s a big bay area sports fan and enjoys everything that the city has to offer.

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