User device provisioning for Identity and Access Management in enterprise environments is not only critical to the security of an organization, but essential to productivity. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy. Provisioning devices in a way that is both automated and secure can pose a serious challenge to IT leaders, yet ignoring this essential function is not an option due to the crucial role mobile devices play in modern organizations.
With cloud computing, big data, and social technologies being such core components in today’s workplace, the reliance on mobile devices is more widespread than ever before; so too is the reliance on a distributed workforce that allows employees to communicate, collaborate, and participate online without being bound to a physical location. Mobile computing has fractured the traditional firewall, creating the need for innovative new Identity and Access Management solutions as users connect to services beyond the perimeter set by corporate IT.
The Distributed Enterprise and Its Effect on Device Provisioning
With so many applications and devices to manage, onboarding new users can be a complex undertaking. When new employees join an organization, they need to be provisioned on each application to ensure they have access to the resources they require; to optimize their productivity, they also need to access these apps via their mobile devices. Further complicating this process is the fluidity of human resources throughout the organization. As users change roles, they may need to have their access modified, and it needs to be deprovisioned when they leave.
The popularity of mobile applications has resulted in another complication organizations need to be cognizant of: the rise of fake, malicious mobile apps that look and function like the real thing. Many users struggle to find the right apps when starting a new job or when they need access to a new application. Malicious hackers take advantage of this confusion to create mimic applications that compromise the user and device.
The Device Provisioning Features Okta Offers
Faster Automated Provisioning
Having a trusted cloud security and identity partner like Okta makes a huge difference, protecting your team from potential security hazards while also sparing your IT department hours of menial tasks. Provisioning new employees with Okta not only enables them to be productive from the moment they first walk through the door, it also helps to ensure their devices—and by extension, your organization—won’t fall prey to threat actors online. Okta’s automated provisioning process accommodates a range of systems—like Active Directory and Google, or an HR system like Workday—to grant new users the access they need quickly and seamlessly.
Okta achieves this level of efficiency through automation: as soon as an administrator creates a new profile in the user store, provisioning is triggered for all the necessary apps. Then, as soon as the new employee enrolls their mobile device, they receive instant access to all relevant applications, emails, and mobile settings right on their smartphone.
Okta’s Lifecycle Management solution also simplifies the deprovisioning process. By providing rich integrations that support coarse-grain to fine-grain management for over 120 pre-integrated applications, Okta gives you the level of control you need to ensure users leaving your organization are safely deprovisioned from every application and system.
Guarding Against Fake Apps and Malware Threats
The threat posed by fake apps is also mitigated by Okta's Integration Network. With over 5,500 deep, pre-built integrations, this solution automatically provides users with an identity-based app store that is prepopulated with legitimate apps assigned to them by their administrator.
Device Provisioning Made Easy with Okta
Okta’s Lifecycle Management solution helps you streamline Identity and Access Management for the entire user lifecycle, eliminating manual effort and making your environment more secure. Also, because Okta provides a holistic cloud-based Identity and Access Management solution, you can enhance user experience with Single Sign-On, ease administrative effort with Universal Directory, and improve security with Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication.