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Forrester recognizes Okta as a Strong Performer in Zero Trust security

Today, analyst firm Forrester published inaugural research naming Okta a Strong Performer in the Zero Trust security market. The report, The Forrester Wave™: Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX) Ecosystem Providers, Q4 2018, also recognizes Okta with the highest possible score in the evaluation criteria “people/workforce security,” “ZTX vision and strategy” and “market approach.” You can check out the full report here.

Identity is the foundation for Zero Trust security

The new report reflects a growing trend in security. The rapid adoption of cloud applications and mobile devices across the enterprise has upended the traditional concept of the network perimeter, forcing organizations to rethink enterprise security. Enter Zero Trust, a security framework that throws away the idea that we should have a trusted internal network vs an untrusted external network. In this model, identity becomes the key control point for ensuring the right people have the right access to the right resources, assessed continuously. And by securing and protecting all identities across an organization — employees, contractors and partners — Okta becomes the foundation for a modern Zero Trust model.

Forrester similarly underscores the importance of identity as part of a company's strategy for protecting its digital assets. The firm writes: “As traditional notions of ‘systems’ and ‘infrastructure’ disappear, identity — in all its various forms — becomes ever more important.”* Due to the critical nature of identity, Forrester sees it as “a core pillar of Zero Trust.”** Diving deeper into Forrester’s evaluation of the identity market in Forrester Wave™: Identity-As-A-Service, Q4 ‘17, we’re proud to say that Okta is recognized as a Leader in the space, earning the top placement in both “current offering” and “strategy” categories across all evaluated vendors.

Building a secure framework for the future

The security landscape will continue to evolve rapidly, and organizations on their Zero Trust journey need to align themselves with a vendor who has a clear vision for the future. Customers like 21st Century Fox, Adobe and Funding Circle have chosen Okta as their partner in Zero Trust, and for good reason. In Forrester’s evaluation, Okta receives the highest possible score in both “ZTX vision and strategy” and “market approach” criteria.

Moreover, we are dedicated to enabling our customers with a modern approach to Zero Trust -- that’s why we recently acquired ScaleFT, a early pioneer in the space. Together, we will further enable customers to easily authenticate users, devices, application and network information to grant secure access to critical resources.

For more information on Okta’s approach to Zero Trust, download our whitepaper, Zero Trust with Okta: A Modern Approach to Secure Access.

 

*Future-Proof Your Digital Business With Zero Trust Security, Forrester Research Inc., 28 March 2018

**The Forrester Tech Tide™: Identity And Access Management, Q4 2017 Forrester Research, Inc., 5 February 2018

***The Forrester Wave™: Identity-As-A-Service, Q4 2017, Forrester Research, Inc., 17 November 2017

Ryan Carlson is the CMO of Okta, overseeing demand generation, brand, customer marketing, public relations, analyst relations, partner marketing, and corporate communications. Ryan has worked in technology and startups for more years than he cares to tell everyone reading this blog post. Before joining Okta (back when the team was just a few dozen strong), he ran product for Redwood Systems and he has held various product and marketing leadership roles at Xilinx, Velio, and Cypress.

Ryan holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two young daughters. A few of the hobbies that he has given up include backpacking, fly-fishing, and exercise.

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