Gartner has identified Okta as the leader in the access management market, clearly dominating both on its ability to execute and the completeness of its vision.

Access management (AM) has emerged as a critical corporate capability as organisations seek to provide seamless and secure access for employees and customers alike across an ecosystem of applications.

Gartner defines companies in the AM market as those that provide solutions using access control engines to provide centralised authentication, SSO, session management, and authorisation enforcement for target applications in multiple use cases ranging across B2E, B2B, and B2C.

According to the analysts, “Okta has grown substantially in the past year, taking a larger share of the Customer Identity and Access Management market, which it describes as a fast-growing segment of the overall access management industry.

“Okta addressed a gap from last year by adding a reverse proxy capability to help integrate non-standard applications. Okta has extensive adaptive and contextual authentication, and its session management capability.”

The Magic Quadrant report also references the company’s Threat Insight, developed last year, which correlates data from all Okta logins across the Okta environment for an extensive collection of threat intelligence for the AM platform.

The Magic Quadrant recognition is simply the latest in a series of accolades the company has acquired in recent times.

In June, Forrester Research recognised Okta as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Identity-As-A-Service (IDaaS) for Enterprise, Q2 2019.

In November 2018, Forrester Research also named Okta a Strong Performer in its report, The Forrester Wave™: Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX) Ecosystem Providers, Q4 2018. The research ranks Okta with the highest possible score in the evaluation criteria of “people/workforce security,” “ZTX vision and strategy” and “market approach.”

Earlier this year the company hosted its annual user conference, Oktane19 in San Francisco, where it announced new products and expanded functionality. During the conference the company said 6550 organisations were using Okta to connect people and organisations securely to the right technologies.

Gartner estimates that by 2022, six out of every ten access management implementations will leverage user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA) capabilities and other controls, and these will be used to provide continuous authentication, authorisation and online fraud detection.

That is up significantly from the figure today, which sits at about ten per cent.

Gartner further notes that a significant majority (60 per cent) of all single sign-on (SSO) transactions will leverage modern identity protocols like SAML, OAuth2 and OIDC over proprietary approaches within the next three years — double the penetration reported today.

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Andrew Birmingham is the director of the Which-50 Digital Intelligence Unit of which Okta is a corporate member. Members provide their insights and expertise for the benefit of the Which-50 community. Membership fees apply. 

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