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Okta is an identity management platform that conveniently integrates with existing infrastructure to help you securely connect your people, devices, and applications. Okta delivers user-centric security for the enterprise including comprehensive authentication capabilities, single sign-on functionality, passwordless login via TouchID/FaceID/Fingerprint Reader on iPhoneX or Android device, multi-factor authentication options (phone call/SMS/Google Authenticator), activity monitoring for insider threats detection and more. You can also use Okta as a secure public access point to cloud apps like Salesforce1!
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What is Okta?
Okta is an identity management service.
It provides the ability to sign in once and access multiple applications without having to re-enter your credentials for each application.
How does Okta work with gdit?
Okta’s gdit integration works by using a single sign-on (SSO) with gdit.
When gdit initiates a connection to OnCommand Unified Manager it sends the user’s username and password for gdit to validate.
Once this information is passed over, Okta validates the username and password against its Identity Provider(IdP).
If gdit is configured with SSO, it will forward the validated credentials to the gdit IdP without prompting for more authentication. If gdit is not configured with SSO then you would be prompted again on the OnCommand Unified Manager side of things to authenticate via Okta.
Okta has gdit integration, this allows users to have a more secure authentication mechanism when trying to connect through gdit’s OnCommand Unified Manager.
Users are able to connect via SAML, which is Okta’s Login Page, or gdit can use multi-factor authentication for added security.
Why you should sign up for Okta
On gdit’s site, it says that gdit’s customers can sign up for gdit or Okta.
Okta is a company that streamlines the process of identity management by offering Single Sign-on (SSO), either through gdit or through other services such as Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps. By doing this, gdit users won’t have to remember multiple usernames/passwords from those services because Okta handles those details.
In order to have SSO enabled, gdit has to be configured with SSO first. gdit will forward the validated credentials to the gdit IdP without prompting for more authentication.
Where to get started with Okta?
The steps below are gdit-specific for configuring gdit with Okta.
1. Create an application in Okta
2. Add gdit as a service in the newly created application
3. Download the information needed from the newly created app and send it to [email protected] or
4. Requesting for SSO settings on [email protected], where SSO settings include client ID, client secret key, IdP metadata URL, issuer URL(issuer of a security token)
Who can use the service and what are the benefits of using it?
This service is available to gdit users.
No gdit user login is required to access gdit services.
SSO benefits are gdit users are not prompted for further authentication after being authenticated using Okta. gdits can be accessed by Firefox, Safari, and IE browsers. They cannot be accessed through the Google Chrome browser due to an incorrect configuration of gdit IdP metadata URL in Milsuite’s Firefox sync service (briefly described below). With this service enabled, all accesses within the gdits will go through a security token server (STS) with claims-based architecture.
Is there a cost and how much does it cost?
- No, there is no cost.
- Okta is a leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise.
- Okta provides SSO capabilities to gdit services.
- SSO benefits are users are not prompted for further authentication after being authenticated using Okta.
- GDITS can be accessed by Firefox, Safari, and IE browsers and cannot be accessed through Google Chrome browser due to an incorrect configuration in Milsuite’s Firefox sync service (briefly described below).
FAQs about Okta service:
Q: Is the GDITS still down?
A: No, The GDITS is now Open Access as of 4/25/18.
Q: How do I access my account?
A: Log in to your Okta account using an email and password you previously created.