Somerford Associates Limited

Okta - Identity Management with Single Sign-On, Multi-factor Authentication, Lifecycle Management

Okta is a leading identity and access management solution providing single-sign on, multi-factor authentication and provisioning capabilities for all applications.

Okta is the foundation for secure connections between people & technology. Using identity information to grant access to applications on any device at any time, enforcing strong security protection.

Features

  • Single Sign-On (SSO)
  • Universal Directory
  • Lifecycle Management (Provisioning and De-Provisioning)
  • Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)
  • Integration to Active Directory
  • Application Programming Interface (API) Access Management
  • Advanced Server Access Management
  • Device Trust and Trusted Devices
  • Reporting and System Event Logging
  • Access Gateway Management

Benefits

  • Zero Downtime (Platform always available)
  • Quick provisioning and deprovisioning (lifecycle management)
  • Seamless access from any device or location
  • Reduced IT costs
  • User policy enforcement
  • No Hardware
  • Reduced audit time and risk
  • Reduced password resets
  • Reduced IT friction
  • Vendor Agnostic

Pricing

£1,500 a transaction a year

Service documents

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Framework

G-Cloud 12

Service ID

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Contact

Somerford Associates Limited Penny Harrison
Telephone: +44 1242 388168
Email: penny.harrison@somerfordassociates.com

Service scope

Software add-on or extension
Yes, but can also be used as a standalone service
What software services is the service an extension to
Okta has extensive list of integrations with can be viewed at https://www.okta.com/integrations/ however via various different types of connectors (SWA, SAML, WS-Fed) we can integrate most applications subject to scope.
Cloud deployment model
Private cloud
Service constraints
Users of the Okta platform should be aware of the supported browsers, applications and operating systems. This information is publicly available at help.okta.com.
System requirements
Appropriate Licensing and access for application integrations/integration entities.

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
1 hour SLA first response Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm excl Bank Holidays
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
No
Phone support
Yes
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
No
Onsite support
Yes, at extra cost
Support levels
Our Service Desk provides support from P1 to P4 where a part of the software, appliance or license was previously working and is not working as expected or at all.

If an issue requires a level of Professional Services to engage, a member of the support team will discuss with your Account Manager to discuss this further.

Service Desk offer support through several channels, including telephone, e-mail and remote sessions where appropriate. Any employee of our entitled customers can raise a support desk ticket via telephone or e-mail with their company e-mail address. This will be logged and assigned to an engineer who will respond within 1 business hour.

Somerford resolves over 90% of service desk tickets without requiring the involvement of our Partners. Where Partner involvement is required, we will advise you on this the process. Wherever possible, we will manage your support case with our Partners.

Our service desk is available between 9am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. Our service desk will provide support for existing Customers and companies that are engaged in Proof of Concepts.

All our customers have a Technical Account Manager.
Support available to third parties
Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
Okta offers three support tiers to match your organization's needs; Basic, Premier and Premier Plus. Basic Support - The Okta Basic Success Package gives you access to training, the helpdesk forum, FAQs, on-line user guides and tutorials, and briefings of upcoming releases. Premier Support - The Okta Premier Success Package gives you access to live and pre-recorded training, 24x7 support with 1 hour response times, FAQs, on-line user guides, and tutorials so you get the most value from Okta. Premier Plus Support - The Okta Premier Plus Success package offers the most exclusive level of support. In addition to your own support number and priority routing to support engineers, you’ll work with a named Customer Success Manager (CSM), who is dedicated to understanding where your business is today, where you’d like to be tomorrow, and how Okta can help you get there. For more info on Okta support options please visit support.okta.com
Service documentation
Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction
Currently, the only way to bulk extract data from Okta is using the Okta API (freely documented). Alternatively, limited data could be gathered through the downloading of reports/system log events. Optional Services can be purchased in order to provide assistance in the data extraction process.
End-of-contract process
Okta is a subscription based software so customers will have the opportunity to renew their licences before their contract comes to an end. Customers do have the option to sign a multi-year agreement. If the contract subscription does end, user profiles created by Okta will remain with the end service provider, however will no longer be able to be provisioned, accessed, or managed via the Okta platform. Customers keep hold of their directory stores, and would have to manually manage each individually from their respective sources - or change to a different identity management provider.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Yes
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari 9+
Application to install
No
Designed for use on mobile devices
Yes
Differences between the mobile and desktop service
The Okta web portal is browser-based for both types of devices so the only differences will be between the device display properties. The Okta mobile application is also available at no extra cost to provide a seamless mobile-friendly portal for Okta.
Service interface
No
API
Yes
What users can and can't do using the API
Okta's API is a REST API based upon CRUD principles (Create, Read, Update and Delete). The CRUD principles using via the API can be used to set up, manage and make changes to the service, including interactions against Users, Applications, Groups, Administration (Managing Admins and Event Information). The API can also be used for authentication and session management. Full Documentation, Developer Instances and Postman templates are also availably publicly via the developer.okta.com website.
API documentation
Yes
API documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
API sandbox or test environment
Yes
Customisation available
Yes
Description of customisation
Modular licensing allows for specific solution creation per user demand. Dashboard and branding can be altered to meet user needs. API allows for further customisation, such as integration to existing applications or websites.

Scaling

Independence of resources
Being able to scale is only one part of the equation. Today’s users expect a seamless experience while IT adapts to an increasing demand. Interruptions and downtime can severely hurt organization’s productivity. Okta is built to handle this challenge with a guaranteed 99.9% uptime, and zero planned downtime. Furthermore, Okta has maintained a 100% global uptime in the last 2 years, with no major service disruption, as it scaled 640% in the amount of authentications per month it needed to handle. Okta is never taken offline for updates or maintenance.

Analytics

Service usage metrics
Yes
Metrics types
While usage data and service metrics can be discovered within our system log. High level reports can be provided by the Okta team as required on request.
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Regular reports
  • Reports on request

Resellers

Supplier type
Reseller providing extra support
Organisation whose services are being resold
Okta

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Conforms to BS7858:2012
Government security clearance
Up to Developed Vetting (DV)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Yes
Data storage and processing locations
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Other locations
User control over data storage and processing locations
Yes
Datacentre security standards
Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)
Penetration testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Penetration testing approach
Another external penetration testing organisation
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with another standard
  • Encryption of all physical media
Data sanitisation process
No
Equipment disposal approach
Complying with a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v.30, CAS (Sanitisation) or ISO/IEC 27001

Data importing and exporting

Data export approach
Currently, the only way to bulk extract data from Okta is using the Okta API (freely documented). Optional Services can be purchased in order to provide assistance in the data extraction process.
Data export formats
  • CSV
  • Other
Other data export formats
Via the Okta API
Data import formats
  • CSV
  • Other
Other data import formats
  • Through various formats using API
  • Directory Services (such as Active Directory)

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
TLS (version 1.2 or above)
Data protection within supplier network
TLS (version 1.2 or above)

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
Identity is Always On, and so are we. We built the Okta service for high availability and a guaranteed uptime. https://support.okta.com/help/Documentation/Knowledge_Article/Okta-Support-Service-Level-Agreements-by-Customer-Success-Package
Approach to resilience
Since we are aiming for billions of users and authentications, in 2014 we rolled out a new platform architecture that will get us to extreme scale. We call this architecture “cells”. A cell is a self-contained instance of the entire Okta service. Any fault in infrastructure is contained within a cell using a High Availability (HA) architecture, and even in case of an entire datacenter going down, another cell in a different geography takes ownership of the affected accounts within an hour.
Outage reporting
You can see an updated status of Okta’s availability at all times by going to trust.okta.com. All users will also receive email alerts informing them of the problem, estimated outage time and a further email once fully restored.

Identity and authentication

User authentication needed
Yes
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Username or password
  • Other
Other user authentication
API token and oauth 2.0
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Access to support channels is only granted to administrative users and security check is carried out when a user raises a support ticket. Management interfaces is also locked down to administrative users.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least once a year
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Username or password
  • Other
Description of management access authentication
API token and oauth 2.0

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
Between 1 month and 6 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
Between 1 month and 6 months
How long system logs are stored for
Between 1 month and 6 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Yes
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
The Certification Body of Schellman & Company, Inc.
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
08/07/2016
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
The scope of the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certificate is limited to the information security management system (ISMS) supporting Okta’s cloud-based Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) platform and aligned with ISO/IEC 27018:2014 in accordance with the Statement of Applicability version 3.2, dated March 28, 2016.
ISO 28000:2007 certification
No
CSA STAR certification
Yes
CSA STAR accreditation date
01/05/2016
CSA STAR certification level
Level 2: CSA STAR Attestation
What the CSA STAR doesn’t cover
Schellman & Company, LLC examined the description of Okta, Inc.’s (“Okta” or the “service organization”) OnDemand Identity-as-a-Service (“IDaaS”) system for the period May 1, 2015, to May 31, 2016, (the “description”) based on the criteria set forth in paragraph 1.26 of the AICPA Guide Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, or Privacy (SOC 2®) (“description criteria”) and the suitability of the design and operating effectiveness of controls described therein to meet the criteria for the security, availability, and confidentiality principles set forth in TSP section 100, Trust Services Principles and Criteria for Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, and Privacy (AICPA, Trust Services Principles and Criteria) (“applicable trust services criteria”), throughout the period May 1, 2015, to May 31, 2016. We have also examined the suitability of design and operating effectiveness of controls to meet the requirements set forth in the Cloud Security Alliance's Cloud Controls Matrix Version 3.0.1 control specifications.
PCI certification
No
Other security certifications
Yes
Any other security certifications
  • HIPAA
  • FedRamp
  • SOC2

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Yes
Security governance certified
Yes
Security governance standards
  • ISO/IEC 27001
  • Other
Other security governance standards
SOC2 certified HIPAA CSA Star
Information security policies and processes
The Okta team understands the need for its service to be both highly available and secure, and every aspect of the organization reflects this. From its hiring practices to the software it develops and the operational environment in which it runs, Okta understands that it is Always On. Okta enables enterprise administrators to increase security above what is available through traditional on-premises technologies. By offering strong password management capabilities, account management capabilities, easy-to-deploy multifactor authentication, and encrypted attributes, the enterprise is now able to put strong controls on high-value data while balancing the ease-of-access users demand. Okta is a leader in third-party certifications, physical and network security architecture, and reliability, so customers need not worry about putting authentication data in the cloud. Okta is trusted by organizations of all sizes and in all industries.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Configuration and change management approach
Okta’s change control process is audited and attested to SOC 2 Type II. A weekly meeting is held to determine which enhancements, and/or fixes will be released. The final build is promoted to QA, which is responsible for all security, and regression testing on the build. Once the build passes testing, it is finalized and released to technical operations who perform deployment testing of the final build. After successful deployment testing, the build is deployed to staging where it will bake in for a week, afterwards it is tested once more before going live.
Vulnerability management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Vulnerability management approach
Okta conducts continuous internal vulnerability assessment, as well as annual external penetration testing. If a potential vulnerability is identified, it is triaged among the security, engineering, and technical operations teams. Okta's security team employs a risk ranking system for all technical vulnerabilities. The ranking system also accounts for all published risk rankings within the Okta environment. Critical- and high-risk issues are addressed as quickly as possible within the next release cycle or hot patch within the context of business feasibility. Medium-risk issues are addressed within the next four release cycles. Low-risk issues are addressed when possible with feature updates.
Protective monitoring type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Protective monitoring approach
Okta utilizes a number of monitoring tools with centralized logging and SIEM using our own correlation rules for security monitoring, analysis, and alerting.
Incident management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Incident management approach
Okta has formally documented incident response & disaster recovery standard operating procedures (SOPs) that describe discovery, investigation, escalation, containment, notification, and documentation processes. Customers are provided this SOP document upon request and under NDA.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Independent review of processes (for example CESG CPA Build Standard, ISO/IEC 27034, ISO/IEC 27001 or CSA CCM v3.0)

Public sector networks

Connection to public sector networks
No

Pricing

Price
£1,500 a transaction a year
Discount for educational organisations
No
Free trial available
Yes
Description of free trial
30 Day trial period in which you have full suite access for 10 users limited to 5 applications.
Link to free trial
https://www.okta.com/free-trial/

Service documents

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