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Okta Wants To Say Goodbye To Passwords

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Entering passwords to log in now becomes a part of history. Okta Inc. Identity Management Software provider said soon they will do away with passwords with a new feature that will be rolled into its cloud platform with an upcoming update. 

Okta’s FastPass

Okta FastPass uses built-in protection for connected devices to eradicate the need for users to enter passwords. It is based on Okta Verify, which is a lightweight application, initially used for multi-factor authentication; combined with services provided by Okta Devices, Directories, and Identity Engine.

Upon registration of an Okta account through the Verify app, a persistent session is created, which excludes the need to enter a password when accessing a browser or a desktop or mobile application that is managed by Okta.

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In an interview, Joe Diamond, vice president of product marketing at Okta, said, “We integrated across every single platform: Windows, Mac OS, Android, and IoS.” Further, he added, “Once you go through the authentication process on Windows 10; for example, you’re automatically authenticated into Okta as well. That eliminates the need for passwords for every single application.”

Do we need Okta’s FastPass over Passwords?

For the administrator’s existence, passwords have been the bane of security. But the years of alert about vulnerabilities caused by easily guessed passwords; surveys regularly show that many people use sequential numbers, pet names, and birth dates to protect sensitive data. However, enterprises are adopting the use of multi-factor authentication; which required a second means of validation to the accompaniment a password. Security administrators always need to battle with the risk that too much complexity can cause flooded help desks. 

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“People tend to work around whatever restrictions are in place,” Diamond said. “Whenever you introduce friction, you create reasons for people to work around it.”

How does it work?

As per the Okta’s enhanced approach, installs an agent on each client device that works with the device’s primarily biometric security protections. Moreover, to enable sign-on, the agent provides the information to administrators about the device, such as the operating system version, other installed agents, and applications. Administrators may create fine-grained policies that can combine Okta Device’s trust, integrate Endpoint Security and other adaptive policies.

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Final Words 

The organization is also working on product integration with endpoint security software providers Crowdstrike Inc. and Tanium Inc. as well as the virtualization giant VMware Inc. Planning for more in the future, Diamond said. “We built in a standardized way so it’s easy to integrate with other players as well,” he said.

Okta will make FastPass available soon but on early access, and it will become part of the company’s core identity and access management platform. 

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