What Is Vishing?

Vishing (or “voice phishing”) is a type of social engineering scam where an attacker tries to trick their target into surrendering sensitive data over the phone.  As with other social engineering attacks, these phone phishing scams prey upon human emotions—attackers often create false scenarios that cause panic (e.g., security alerts) or desire (e…

In the Age of Remote Work, Securing Office 365 Is a Must

According to our Businesses @ Work Reports, Microsoft’s Office 365 has ranked as the #1 most popular application within the Okta integration network for the last few years — both by number of customers and by number of monthly active users.   Top apps by number of customers - Businesses @ Work 2020 Top apps by number of monthly unique active…

What Is Spear Phishing?

Spear phishing is a form of cyber attack targeted at a particular person or small set of individuals. In these scams, bad actors research their chosen targets and attempt to convince them to surrender sensitive data or financial information. Spear phishing attacks may also aim to infect user devices with malware, allowing attackers to steal the…

Implementing Okta MFA: 4 Things to Consider

It’s now common knowledge that implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a no-brainer. Not enabling multi-factor authentication is like leaving the door to your home wide open, with all the lights on, with signs pointing to where your precious belongings are stored. But with that said, implementing MFA is easier said than done. In our…

What is a One-Time Password (OTP)?

A one-time password or passcode (OTP) is a string of characters or numbers that authenticates a user for a single login attempt or transaction. An algorithm generates a unique value for each one-time password by factoring in contextual information, like time-based data or previous login events. Tech support teams typically administer OTPs to…

Why You Should Ditch SMS as an Auth Factor

In my previous post, I talked about how the COVID19 pandemic has impacted how our customers use MFA — more specifically how SMS as a factor is on the rise as organizations look to rapidly roll out a quick and easy secondary auth method in response to the need to embrace remote work. In this post, I’ll go into more detail around issues with SMS as…

MFA Trends: The Impact of COVID19

The COVID pandemic has changed how we do many things. In the workplace, it’s pushed us to take a deeper look at how we enable employees to work remotely—and to ensure that they can do it securely. But what does that actually look like? According to our recent Businesses @ Work (from Home) report, companies are adapting and evolving quickly…

How to Secure Your Workforce’s Devices with Okta

Beyond social and economic disruption, the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the fact that if they want to operate safely, businesses need to be able to secure the various access points to their resources—and that includes devices. All over the world, we’re seeing people make workspaces out of living rooms, bedrooms, and outdoor decks. And…