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Okta and SailPoint Announce Strategic Partnership For Enterprise Identity

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Today Californian identity access management solution provider Okta, Inc. and Texan identity governance vendor SailPoint announced a strategic partnership between the two companies with the explicit goal of providing end-to-end identity security for enterprises.

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Okta and SailPoint’s partnership allows them to draw from each others strengths, resources, and expertise: Okta’s single sign-on and multifactor authentication technologies and SailPoint’s specialized identity governance technologies. Their combined identity management solution is designed to offer vast automation across multiple access management processes, including off-boarding, provisioning, access requests, and self-service support for password resets; it is also meant to facilitate identity authentication, provisioning, and governance across all applications and data across the enterprise in a platform-agnostic manner.  

Todd McKinnon, CEO and Co-founder of Okta, said in an official statement: “Identity is only growing in importance. Today, organizations have to connect to and manage a variety of cloud and on-premises tools their workers need to be productive, and they have to balance ease of use with secure access from anywhere, and on any device.”  

In a related statement, CEO and Co-founder of SailPoint Mark McClain said, “It is an exciting time to be in identity. When two identity leaders, both known for disrupting and innovating in their markets, join forces to make security and compliance easier, it provides huge value to our joint customers.”  

“Together, we help companies balance simple, secure user access and management with the necessary governance and compliance controls required to not only ensure users have the right access, but also that their access adheres to corporate policy. This balancing act is difficult for enterprises to manage today, which is why our partnering with Okta is so important,” he continued.

This new partnership between two seeming competitors shows another evolution in the identity access management market, which as seen recent upheaval with major purchases of Balabit, Lieberman Software, and ThreatMetrix. The market is poised to undergo ever more explosive growth as the importance of identity management receives more recognition as a crucial aspect of enterprise cybersecurity.

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