Identity Management software and services

Updated: October 12, 2019

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 brought identity management to server level



Okta announced a new level of identity protection at the server level. The new tool, called Advanced Server Access, provides identity management for Windows and Linux Servers, whether they are in a data center or the cloud. The product supports major cloud infrastructure vendors like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, and gives IT the ability to protect access to servers, reduce the likelihood of identity theft and bring a level of automation to the server credential process. The tool is continuously monitoring user information to make sure nothing has changed such as another machine has taken over, avoiding man-in-the-middle attacks. It’s also making sure that there is no virus or malware, and that the person who is using the machine is who they say they are and has access at the level they are using it.


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. Google acquired enterprise-class Single Sign-On provider Bitium



Google has acquired Bitium, a company that focused on offering enterprise-grade identity management and access tools, such as single-sign on, for cloud-based applications. This will basically help Google better manage enterprise cloud customer implementation across an organization, including doing things like setting security levels and access policies for applications working across their Cloud and G Suite offerings. The goal of Bitium is to simplify the process of administrating and using popular cloud-based applications so that users aren’t tempted to enter the nefarious realm of “shadow IT,” where they fall back to their own personal accounts across these services because the enterprise alternative is sub-standard or difficult to access.


2017. SAP acquired customer identity management provider Gigya



SAP announced an acquisition of Gigya, a firm that helps online properties manage customer identities and profiles. Gigya today manages some 1.3 billion customer identities across hundreds of sites, existing business that it will bring under SAP’s umbrella. The idea will be to integrate those features into SAP’s wider e-commerce operation to expand the kinds of services it offers to existing customers, and to help sell more e-commerce services to Gigya’s base. Unlike alternatives Gigya originally had its start as a “social” log-in platform in which it helped online properties manage customer profiles as linked with their profiles on sites like Facebook. But a few years ago, the company started to widen out its view of the purpose of identity management and how it can be used for a wider set of customer management features for e-commerce and other sites.


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.


2016. OneLogin acquires Sphere Secure Workspace to gain mobile management



Cloud identity management provider OneLogin has acquired Sphere Secure Workspace to add mobile device management to their identity-driven security model. Sphere provides a container approach to mobile security where your work content is separated from your personal content inside a virtual container on a single device. This is not a new approach by any means, but it gives OneLogin entree into the light-weight mobile device management space. With Sphere, the company simply blows away the container when an employee leaves a company or loses a device, and the person’s other content remains intact. It gives the employee access to work content in a more secure way with a single log-in, while protecting the personal content.


2016. Enterprise identity management leader Okta expands partnership with Box



Cloud identity management and mobility management provider Okta announced a partnership with Box to support device-level security for the Box mobile app. Okta and Box have a long history together but this expands the friendship. The new solution will allow to apply a set of policies on the device, such as requiring a device PIN before you can use any of the managed apps. Okta’s EMM solution also includes integrated identity across participating apps with Single Sign-On (SSO) along with unified provisioning across all devices, according to the company.


2015. Identity management provider Okta gets $75M



Okta, the cloud identity management company, announced a $75 million round.  Okta was valued at $1.2 billion in this deal, meaning it has entered the hallowed halls of the Unicorn club. While being a Unicorn isn’t what it once was, it still is meaningful and a big step for Okta, which has been trying to move beyond pure identity management into areas like security, mobile device management and two-factor identification. The company has been growing 100 percent year over year and as such they were burning through cash. This puts money in the bank and allows them to buy small strategic companies if they become available.


2015. Ping Identity adds authentication via Apple Watch



Identity management platform Ping Identity adds the ability to get your second authentication factor using an Apple Watch. The idea behind the platform is to put identity at the center of the security model and enable users — whether employees, partners or customers — to have access to applications, regardless of the device, based on who they are. You sign on to Ping, then your watch buzzes. You activate it and tap the sign on card on your Watch. It’s a clever way of using the Watch in a useful way to simplify security.


2014. Identity management service Ping Identity lands $35M



Cloud security startup Ping Identity gets $35 million investment. Ping Identity emphasizes mobile for its identity management platform by hooking into a user’s smart phone as a means to ensure that the right person is accessing the right part of the network. The identity and access management space has been heating up this summer with Okta grabbing $75 million in June, and Sailpoint taking in an unspecified investment that’s supposedly valued at around several hundred million dollars. All of these startups operate under the premise that the cloud has made it difficult for companies to keep track of who can access their often-times complex internal networks while keeping damage-causing miscreants out of their systems.


2014. Samsung invests in cloud-based Enterprise Identity Management service Centrify



Centrify, the cloud-based identity management software for enterprise has picked up $42 million from a group of investors that includes Samsung Ventures. Although Centrify has expanded into difference aspects of identity management and security over its ten years of business, one of the key areas that it has been putting a lot of effort has been into cloud-based security. That effort now appears to be bearing fruit: it forms the core of the company’s mobile device management offering, which lets IT departments control mobile apps and other services and gives users a single-sign on for access. This is what Samsung itself has started to incorporate into its own KNOX MDM solution, which was initially announced at MWC earlier this year and is now being rolled out.