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Achieve Least Privilege Access with ConductorOne + Okta

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Authentication isn’t enough

Okta was founded in 2009 to address the growing complexity around enterprise identity as companies modernized their IT systems and access to business tools moved to the cloud. Today, we know Okta as the industry leader for user application authentication through SSO and MFA, and the solution often implemented as the central integration layer for group-based access. This lets Okta quickly get teams birthright access to low-risk applications on day one.

But over the past decade, the workforce identity landscape has continued to evolve and has grown even more complex. Okta made authentication easier, but today the average company has dozens of SaaS apps, each with their own distinct way of treating user roles and permissions. Additionally, when it’s time to audit users and identities, teams must commit sizable resources to the effort. The lack of centralized access control in growing organizations leads to operational burdens, reduced security, and increased hours required for compliance efforts.

ConductorOne: IAM meets Identity Security

Birthright access is an anti-pattern for secure, least privilege access control. It can lead to users being over-provisioned where that access is then difficult to reduce.

For organizations using Okta as their centralized identity provider, ConductorOne provides a platform to enforce the principle of least privilege with time-based access controls, just-in-time access provisioning, and easy-to-use access reviews — all from one central platform.

With ConductorOne for Okta, IT and security teams can strike the right balance between enabling workforce productivity and minimizing their identity-based attack surface area. Here’s what matters most to our customers:

Complete account and permission discovery

You can’t protect what you can’t see – visibility is crucial when it comes to securing access. When access data is fragmented, it’s difficult and painful to figure out what entitlements are high-risk, what roles are no longer needed, and when users are over-privileged.

ConductorOne provides a single-pane view of identities, access, and privileges across your infrastructure, SaaS, on-prem, and back office applications/homegrown apps, and enables customers to better identify security gaps.

Maintaining appropriate privileges and permissions

Security teams want to find the right balance of permissions for employees, contractors, and vendors so that everyone can do their job without hindrance or blockers. This often means moving away from a role-based access approach to one that is more focused on just-in-time and ephemeral access. This way, employees only have the permissions they need and when they need it, which reduces the risk of data breaches and other security incidents.

Just-in-time access and more timely access reviews are key to achieving least privilege access control. Customers can view accounts and access data in real-time, maintain a full audit trail of all access changes, plus discover and remove unused, orphaned, or high-risk accounts.

Simple integrations

ConductorOne’s no-code integrations let you extract and analyze identity and access data when needed. It’s easy to set up; you can secure and enforce policies in every new application or resource onboarded – whether SaaS or on-prem – and answer identity and access-related questions. For example: Is a given access justified? What access does a given user group grant?

Automated provisioning and deprovisioning

As the number of applications in an organization increases, so too does the importance of periodic identity and access audits. This is because it becomes more difficult to keep track of who has access to which apps and data. Of course, you don’t need multiple approval steps on every application before access is granted, but for more sensitive resources, you need the power to set up policy-based access and escalate requirements as needed.

Okta customers use ConductorOne to route access reviews and requests to the appropriate reviewer(s) automatically. This helps to reduce standing privileges, save time with automated provisioning and deprovisioning, and put compliance on autopilot.

Okta + ConductorOne:

Organizations using Okta for workforce identity can turbocharge their IAM security strategy by:

  • Replacing birthright access with just-in-time and time-based access
  • Automating identity governance and access control for sensitive apps and infrastructure
  • Running user access reviews more proactively – such as upon a role change or departure
  • Empowering employees with the right context to make security-based access decisions

Learn more about how you can leverage ConductorOne to do more with Okta by checking out our integrations page.