IAM needs are expanding

The cloud-based identity and access management (IAM) space is crowded with vendors — including IBM and Okta — who all make similar claims. As key features like single sign-on (SSO) and multifactor authentication (MFA) become standard, organizations need more from IAM solutions like IBM Security™ Verify and Okta Identity Cloud. They need the ability to scale and modernize to support their zero-trust initiatives and to protect their internal and external users, assets, and data in a hybrid cloud world.

IBM Security™ Verify: Robust IAM

Consent management

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Enforcing data privacy and consent management with IBM Security™ Verify (07:31)

Consent management

Verify reaches beyond attributes and provides a centralized decision engine that templatizes granular consent management purposes, EULAs, policies and rules within a single portal. It helps privacy and risk officers automate consent decisions to help address privacy laws without touching code.

Adaptive access

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Adaptive access policy configuration and creation (09:52)

Adaptive access

Verify directly benefits from IBM’s long history in the fraud detection market, using our AI-powered fraud engine to evaluate deeper risk context for adaptive access out of the box.

Recertification campaigns

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Automating recertification campaigns with IBM Security™ Verify (05:04)

Recertification campaigns

Verify delivers automated access recertification campaigns to help mitigate manual spreadsheet reviews and rubberstamp approvals. These campaigns also help to limit human error as organizations prioritize their compliance initiatives.

Identity analytics

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Identity Analytics with IBM Security™ Verify (03:52)

Identity analytics

Verify includes AI-powered identity analytics in the same SaaS environment as its access management capabilities to empower predictive and autonomous risk mitigation.

Compare capabilities: IBM and Okta

See how IBM Security™ Verify extends IDaaS modernization

Single sign-on

Capability

IBM Okta
Federated single sign-on to cloud, on-prem and mobile apps with pre-built connectors for common SaaS apps
Protection of legacy on-prem apps from the cloud
Lightweight, containerized reverse proxy to protect apps traditionally junctioned behind reverse proxies without the complexity — at no additional cost

Adaptive access

Capability

IBM Okta
Some degree of contextual risk detection across location, device and IP address parameters easily tied to access policies
Ready-to-use advanced risk-based authentication insights such as behavioral biometrics
Continuous authentication for mobile web and native apps

Identity analytics

Capability

IBM Okta
Holistic view of identity lifecycle risk, including decision support in the form of risk scores for users, applications, and entitlements; accompanied by recommended mitigation actions powered by machine learning

Consent management

Capability

IBM Okta
Storing user consent as an attribute
No-code workflows included to define and create data access purposes for users’ sensitive data
Customizable consent determination rules based on purpose and geographic conditions

Lifecycle management

Capability

IBM Okta
Universal cloud directory with bidirectional mastering from any number of third-party identity providers
Several strategies for user provisioning and lifecycle management to extend existing investments, including Active Directory and LDAP agents with attribute-level mastering, JIT and SCIM provisioning, and API-based provisioning
Password reset self-service, access request workflows, and delegated administration to line-of-business managers
Automated, periodic access recertification campaigns for any app with customizable scope for users, groups and account types

Advanced authentication

Capability

IBM Okta
Wide array of MFA methods, including SMS, email, voice, and time-based one-time passwords, mobile push and biometrics
Ability to apply adaptive MFA broadly across cloud and on-prem apps, VPN, Linux SSH, and remote desktop protocol (RDP)
QR code and FIDO2 passwordless authentication

General

Capability

IBM Okta
Support for both workforce and consumer IAM use cases from one solution
Ready-to-use integrations with commonly used social authentication providers like Google, LinkedIn, and Apple
Built-in reporting to diagnose authentication events
Developer resources to support embedding identity functions into custom apps
Cloud-native service with multi-region coverage, scalability and high availability to support data residency and redundancy requirements
SAML 2.0 and OIDC support
SOC 2 Type II, PCI DSS, ISO 27001, ISO 27017, and ISO 27018 certifications

Sources:

IBM Knowledge Center, IBM Security Verify

Okta Help Center, Documentation for Administrators

Use-case ready

Context is good.
Protection is better.

As identity programs scale in a largely distributed world with a widened attack surface, most vendors — including IBM and Okta — offer core IAM capabilities and some degree of contextual risk detection to help you get started. With over 20 years of expertise in the identity space and long-standing fraud detection IP, IBM offers the depth to help address complex risk-based authentication and ready-to-use data privacy and consent management use cases for both IAM and CIAM.

In addition, all of IBM’s IDaaS capabilities are delivered with flexible contracts, allowing dynamic expansion of use cases or user populations as your IAM needs evolve. How ready is your IAM stack for the future?

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Estimate your usage

IBM’s cloud IAM capabilities start at a low list price. Use this calculator to estimate usage based on your needs.