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Strong Authentication is Secure. With Okta it's Also Easy

Multifactor Authentication

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Multifactor Authentication for
the Cloud



Two Factor Authentication for Cloud & On-Prem Apps


Okta provides secure, flexible multifactor authentication natively as part of our core identity and access management service.

Fully Integrated with the Okta Service

Okta's multifactor authentication options are secure and easy to use - no longer does IT need to sacrifice convenience to achieve security. Okta Verify with Push enables users to securely authenticate with a single tap. IT gets another win by providing a security solution that employees actually like to use. Because Okta Verify is built into the Okta service, it’s simple to manage. With our flexible policy engine, you can put strong authentication where and when it’s needed.

Multifactor authentication integration

Flexible, Secure Verification Options

Choose from a variety of second-factor options to balance the needs of your user base, the sensitivity of the applications you are protecting, and overall ease of use.

Multifactor authentication security question

Multifactor Authentication - Security question

Multifactor authentication mobile verification

Multifactor Authentication - Okta soft token with code and timer

Security question
Security questions offer added protection by requiring users to provide additional information beyond simple user name and password.

Text message
Okta offers the option of text-message based authentication. A six-digit pin code can be sent to the user’s mobile device and then entered to access resources. This may be a good option for users without smartphone devices.

Okta Verify with Push
Okta Verify is designed for absolute simplicity for the user, and comprehensive security for the Okta administrator. The app can be installed directly from both the Android and Apple app stores. It self-configures using the device’s integrated camera. Once installed, users can either obtain a PIN from their phone to access protected resources, or better yet, using Okta Verify with Push they can authenticate with a single tap. The easiest to use security tools are the ones that are used the most.

Multifactor authentication policy management

Multifactor Authentication - Admin Time Settings

Centralized Policy Management

One Okta policy controls access to all applications, whether cloud based or on premises. Policies can control how often and when to ask users for additional verification. Frequency can range from every login to once per device. Extra verification can be required for all or just specific apps. In addition, separate policies can be established for internal vs external users.

Easy for Administrators and Users

Multifactor authentication enabling extra verification

Multifactor Authentication - Admin Enable Drop Down

Okta’s multifactor authentication solution is designed to be easy to use, both for administrators and users. As an Okta solution, it is fully cloud delivered—no on-premises software or hardware is required. It can be enabled with just two clicks in the Okta administrative interface. Users can self-administer their tokens on their smartphones, subject to the policies administrators define. No clumsy hard tokens or complex SSL certificates required.

Works with your VPN

Okta’s single sign-on and multifactor authentication solution will work with any SAML-enabled SSL VPN. This enables comprehensive, seamless authentication across all enterprise applications accessed from the public Internet, whether cloud-based, in the DMZ, or protected by a VPN.

Extensible to Third-Party Multifactor Authentication Solutions

In addition to native Okta multifactor authentication support, our architecture also makes it easy to integrate Okta with a variety of existing MFA solutions. Using the same extensible architecture that enables Okta to provide a set of pre-integrated applications, customers can also leverage existing MFA products, such as Verisgn VIP or RSA, in conjunction with the Okta service. Okta also provides options to easily replace or integrate with existing strong authentication solutions, such as RADIUS.

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