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Best Single Sign-On for Enterprises: Okta Identity Management Review

Best Single Sign-On for Enterprises: Okta Identity Management Review

After reviewing a number of single sign-on (SSO) solutions, we recommend Okta Identity Management as the best enterprise SSO. We chose Okta from dozens of SSO companies. To understand how we chose Okta, you can find our methodology on our best picks page.

We selected Okta as the best enterprise SSO because the company offers a customizable enterprise service that is negotiable based on your organization's needs. The enterprise package is recommended for large companies with more than 5,000 anticipated users, but Okta's business pricing plan offers a strong SSO solution for smaller companies as well.

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Okta is a user-friendly, easy-to-learn solution for end users. It employs a web portal that organizes all a user's applications into a neat grid, where they're accessible with one click. The portal is customizable, allowing users to rearrange the applications as they see fit by dragging and dropping icons and creating personalized tabs for quick reference. A browser tab makes it easy for administrators to cycle through saved websites and applications and monitor credentials.

Okta has a relatively simple implementation phase due to its compatibility with different directory types, including active directory and LDAP across multiple domains. It also maintains strong security policy controls, which empower administrators to set specific access rules and conditions, as well as monitor password complexity and application usage.

User provisions: Okta allows administrators unique control over the user provisioning process. Settings for how and when to import a user based on specific conditions, such as whether they have an existing Okta account, help you tailor an automated import process to suit your needs. For example, administrators can set the precise instances when they should be alerted to further monitor an account. This expedites the implementation process by directing administrators' attention only to the necessary users.

Multifactor authentication: MFA is imperative for security purposes, and Okta allows you to activate it in a number of ways. Several platforms come pre-integrated with Okta, and you can set security policies to require MFA under specific conditions. This added layer of security is especially important for large firms.

Security reports: Okta provides security reporting in real time, which can help administrators monitor the system for any signs of foul play or spot potential vulnerabilities before they become a problem. With a heavily data-driven approach, the reports can feel overwhelming, but they're thorough and competent.

Okta maintains a multi-tier pricing system, starting at $1 per user per month for the most basic service. To enable multifactor authentication, which is a must for businesses, Okta costs $3 per user per month. The enterprise service, which the company recommends for 5,000-plus users, requires a quote but can be tailored to suit the demands of your organization.

The biggest limitation we encountered with Okta is that security policies have to be set on an application-by-application basis, meaning more tedious work for administrators. While this isn't a barrier to functionality, it does slow the setup process and produce additional work for the IT department.

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Adam C. Uzialko

Adam received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Journalism & Media Studies at Rutgers University. He worked for a local newspaper and freelanced for several publications after graduating college. He can be reached by email, or follow him on Twitter.