CRN Exclusive: Palo Alto Networks, Okta Join Forces To Fill Gap Around Identity And Access Management

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Palo Alto Networks and Okta are teaming up with a new enhanced partnership to bring further identity and access management capabilities to the network security vendor's platform, the two companies said Wednesday.

The partnership news was delivered by both companies at Okta's Oktane 2017 event, being held in Las Vegas this week.

The move will secure organizations at both the identity level and at the network, cloud and endpoint. Okta said the integration will simplify multifactor authentication enforcement before an event, as well as automate workflows with identity and user access to information in response.

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The integration builds on an existing partnership between the two companies that involved a pre-integrated API and reference architectures. Palo Alto Networks is also an Okta customer.

Okta co-founder and COO Frederic Kerrest said the new integration takes that previous partnership to the next level, with an integration he said prompts for multifactor authentication as well as provides "full identity-driven threat remediation across cloud, on-premise and hybrid data." From there, he said customers can get enhanced security automation and orchestration capabilities.

"There's a lot of synergies in what we're trying to do and what they're trying to do, and jointly trying to help their customers," Kerrest said.

The integration brings deep identity capabilities to the Palo Alto Networks platform, Kerrest said, extending the company's perimeter approach to identity, which is the "new perimeter" of security. Okta fills that gap in the Palo Alto Networks portfolio, as the company invests in and builds out other areas of its portfolio, he said.

Okta is "definitely [Palo Alto Networks'] preferred vendor" and the "integrations speak for themselves" in customer conversations, according to Kerrest. The two companies already have hundreds of joint customers, many of which already have integrations in place, he said.

The integration builds on a push by Okta to form more deep technology integration partnerships, Kerrest said. The company has multiple other partnerships in the works with other large security vendors, he added, which is key for customers looking to integrate identity with their existing security investments.

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