Okta and VMware: Delivering advanced identity capabilities for the Digital Workspace

Tuesday 18th December 2018

The Okta Identity Cloud and VMware Workspace ONE: Securely Embracing the Digital Workspace

The increased adoption of mobile and cloud services means that we can no longer have a network perimeter-centric view of security; instead, we need to securely enable access for the various users (employees, partners, contractors, etc.) regardless of their location, device, or network.

There is no silver bullet when it comes to achieving a Zero Trust security architecture, but establishing trust of the user and the device are key pillars to modern access management. Okta and VMware have partnered to ensure customers can easily and securely move to the cloud, adopt best-of-breed technologies, and simplify IT management.

Zero Trust and Contextual Access with Okta Identity Cloud and VMware Workspace ONE

Okta, the leader in enterprise identity and access management, integrates with VMware, the leader in intelligence-driven digital workspace platform for the enterprise, to help organisations build a Zero Trust security model focused on contextual access rather than a traditional network perimeter by creating unified access policies based on device and user context.

The joint solution supports all applications (including native mobile applications and mobile browsers), unlike other solutions that are optimised for a specific suite of apps.

Organisations are using Okta and VMware Workspace ONE to securely eliminate passwords from the authentication experience by leveraging the user and device trust signals. With this integration, users with devices managed by Workspace ONE are given seamless, secure access to applications, without entering a password.

By combining deep identity management from Okta with VMware’s leadership in digital workspace, our integrated solution covers the full lifecycle for a user, regardless of device, app, or data. The partnership enables product integration and support for customers including:

  • Contextual access management capabilities powered by Okta’s user-centric access control layer and VMware’s device-centric access control layer.
  • Enhanced user experience and application access by presenting SAML applications that customers have configured in Okta inside of Workspace ONE.
  • Okta’s 6000+ app and IT infrastructure integrations, as well as Okta’s self-service capabilities, give customers choice and employees a seamless user experience.
  • Okta’s Lifecycle Management automatically provisions applications to specific user groups when they join or change roles. Moreover, when an employee or contractor is no longer working at the company Okta will automatically deprovision hem from the application.

The Benefits

  • Combining Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) and VMware Workspace ONE, organisations can reduce identity sprawl and eliminate passwords across web, SaaS and mobile apps, reducing the risk of credential compromise with less admin time spent on manual password resets.
  • With Okta’s Adaptive MFA, organisations can significantly reduce the risk of identity attacks such as phishing, while maintaining a good user experience by only prompting for a second factor during risky authentication attempts.
  • Device trust from Workspace ONE combines with Okta Adaptive MFA to recognise high risk logins and device compliance.
  • Organisations can set unified user and device policies in one place, making access policies easier to deploy, enforce, and monitor.
  • Together, Okta and Workspace ONE enable a Zero Trust access model, where the right people have access to the right resources with as little friction as possible.



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