ForgeRock vs Okta
Last updated: March 04, 2021
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2021. Okta acquires cloud identity startup Auth0 for $6.5B
Okta is buying cloud identity startup Auth0 for $6.5 billion. It’s a substantial amount of money for one identity and access management (IAM) company to pay to buy another, similar entity. But the deal ultimately brings together two companies that come at identity from different sides of the market — and as such could be the beginning of a beautiful identity friendship. On a simple level, Okta delivers identity and access management (IAM) to companies who use the service to provide single-sign-on access for employees to a variety of cloud services — think Gmail, Salesforce, Slack and Workday. Meanwhile, Auth0 is a developer tool providing coders with easy API access to single-sign-on functionality. With just a couple of lines of code, the developer can deliver IAM tooling without having to build it themselves. Auth0 will operate as an independent unit inside of Okta as they look for paths to integration in the coming months.
2020. Okta adds new no-code workflows that use identity to trigger sales and marketing tasks
Identity management provider Okta announced new no-code workflows that provide a way to use identity as a trigger to launch a customer-centric workflow. The company has created a series of connectors to make it easier to connect identity to a workflow that includes sales and marketing tooling. Last year Okta introduced Platform Services, which pulled apart the various pieces of the platform and exposed them as individual services, which bigger-company customers could tap into as needed. He says that this is an extension of that idea, but instead of having to get engineering talent to write complex code to tie the Okta service into say Salesforce, you can simply drag the Salesforce connector to your workflow.
2020. ForgeRock nabs $93.5M for its ID management platform
ForgeRock, which has built a platform that is used to help make sure that those accessing services really are who they say are, and help organizations account for how their services are getting used, has raised $93.5 million in funding. It operates in an industry heavy with competition, with some of the others vying for pole position in the various aspects of identity management including Okta, LastPass, Duo Serurity and Ping Identity. But within that list it has amassed some impressive traction. In total it has 1,100 enterprise customers, who in turn collectively manage 2 billion identities through ForgeRock’s platform, with considerably more devices also authenticated and managed on top of that.
2020. Okta launches Lifecycle Management Workflows to make building identity-centric processes easy
Okta, the popular identity and access management service, has launched Lifecycle Management Workflows, a new tool that helps IT teams build and manage IFTTT-like automated processes with the help of an easy to use graphical interface. The new service is an extension of Okta’s existing automation tools. But the key here is that IT teams and developers can now easily build complex identity-centric workflows across a wide range of applications. With this, these teams can easily automate an onboarding process, where setting up a new Okta account also immediately kicks off processes on third-party services like Box, Salesforce, ServiceNow and Slack to set up accounts there.
2019. Identity management software Okta introduced end-user-security product
Okta developed a couple of new products under the umbrella SecurityInsights. The end user product is called UserInsights. The other new product, called HealthInsights, is designed for administrators and makes suggestions on how to improve the overall identity posture of a company. UserInsights lets users know when there is suspicious activity associated with their accounts, such as a login from an unrecognized device. If it appears to involve a stolen password, he or she would click the Report button to report the incident to the company’s security apparatus where it would trigger an automated workflow to start an investigation. The person should also obviously change that compromised password. HealthInsights operates in a similar fashion, except for administrators at the system level.
2019. Okta acquired workflow automation startup Azuqua
Okta is to acquire workflow automation startup Azuqua for $52.5 million. In a modern enterprise, people and work are constantly shifting and moving between applications and services and combining automation software with identity and access management could offer a seamless way to move between them. The combining of the two companies is intended to move smoothly between applications in a complex workflow without having to constantly present your credentials. S0 product teams will be able to embed this technology in their own applications alongside Okta’s core authentication and user management technology to build integrated customer experiences.
2018. Okta introduced new service - Sign in with Okta
Okta unveiled a new service "Sign in with Okta" that allows employees to sign into third party sites and apps just like they sign in their company applications with a single set of credentials. The new API allows developers to add a few lines code and give Okta customers the ability to sign into one another’s websites in a similar way that OAuth allows you to use your Google or Facebook credentials to sign onto consumer sites. When developers add this functionality, the user sees a “Sign in with Okta” button on the website or service they are accessing. They can then use their Okta login to get into these sites under whatever rules the site owner has defined.
2018. Okta partnered with ServiceNow
Okta and ServiceNow got together to build an app that helps ServiceNow customers using their security operations tools find security issues related to identity and take action immediately. Okta launched the Identity Cloud for Security Operations app today. It’s available in the ServiceNow app store and has been designed for customers who are using both toolsets. When a customer downloads and installs the app, it adds a layer of identity information inside the ServiceNow security operations interface, giving the operations team access to information about who specifically is involved with a security problem without having to exit their tool to find the information.
2017. Okta launches free service for startups
Online identity management provider Okta, which counts corporate clients like Nordstrom and government clients like the U.S. Department of Justice, said that it’s now going to let startups use its services for free. Young organizations with up to 25 employees will be able to use Okta Identity Cloud without charge for one year. CEO Todd McKinnon hopes that they’ll become corporate clients as their business grows and they’re satisfied with the secure sign-on services. There are a lot of companies in the secure sign-in space. When asked about startups like Duo or SailPoint, which recently went public, McKinnon said “they have one part of what we offer” and “we have a broad suite.” He believes Okta’s real competitors are the incumbents like IBM, Oracle, Salesforce and Computer Associates.
2017. Identity management startup ForgeRock raised $88 million
Enterprise identity startup ForgeRock announced an $88 million Series D investment round. Unlike alternatives ForgeRock allows to authenticate not only users, but also machines and sensors attempting to access your systems. CEO Mike Ellis sees his company’s approach to identity as a natural extension of what’s happening the industry. “The relationships between humans, devices, things and services is driving security,” he says. It’s something the company has been building towards from the earliest days, a platform than can scale to deal with identity from a variety of sources beyond just human users. “We believe you have to exist everywhere — at the device and gateway level like a connected car, but also on prem and in cloud,” he said.