This review compares the features of IAM software Okta and Ping. Features include multifactor authentication, threat detection and dashboards.
Over the last few years, the increase in remote workers combined with increasingly complex technology stacks has made the need for robust identity and access management even greater. Two of the most popular IAM tools are Okta and Ping Identity. We’ll take a look at how Okta and Ping are similar and different to help you decide which solution may be right for your business.
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What is Okta?
Okta took the idea of SSO technology and moved it into the cloud. Okta is strictly a cloud based solution, and does not offer on-premise support without a paid add-on.
What is Ping?
Ping Identity was one of the pioneers of SSO solutions in the early 2000s, and has matured into a full IAM suite that has both a cloud-based component and an on-premise option built in. Ping focuses on internal access to various company assets by employees instead of simply authenticating online logins.
Okta vs. Ping: Feature comparison chart
|Extensive app integration||Yes||Yes|
|On-premise option standard||No||Yes|
|Batch permission and data export||Yes||No|
Head-to-head comparison: Ping vs. Okta
Both Ping and Okta now have accessible dashboard views to quickly access all relevant user and login information. With Ping, this is more of an overview chart, with the ability to search further to find more information.
Okta takes the lead here with its user interface and dashboard implementation. Using a tile-type system that users often refer to as chiclets, you can quickly find and manage different apps along with their associated users and permissions.
Okta also has an optimized browser extension that extends the utility of their dashboard. Many users report they prefer this extension’s time saving features, such as being able to manage an app without opening it or using another tab.
While the multifactor authentication feature is present in both Ping and Okta, Ping offers more support when it comes to things such as fingerprint verification. Ping fully supports this feature across many devices, while Okta only has this for certain phones. Implementing it for standalone readers or desktop use is a bit cumbersome, requiring customization and work-arounds.
Both of these IAM solutions offer a wide variety of app integrations that should cover most every popular suite or tool out there. Okta boasts a more streamlined interface and compatibility with a host of third-party apps such as Dropbox, Slack and G-Suite. This sort of compatibility makes setting up your team’s access to various productivity and cloud apps much easier. Their system is clearly built to be platform-agnostic from the ground up, and integration with third-party apps is easier and faster than Ping.
Okta and Ping offer an automatic threat detection system that monitors user access in real time.
With Okta, this feature is referred to as ThreatInsight, which provides data across the entire enterprise environment so admins can make policy changes right in the IAM software.
Ping uses a similar approach which they label API Intelligence. This more AI-based approach can detect real-time threats and aid in making policy changes based on existing user-defined rules.
Is Okta or Ping right for you?
Okta offers a more efficient, ground-up, complete solution to those looking to overhaul or modernize their entire system of identity and user management. Ping is better suited for those businesses which may have an existing infrastructure that they need to work around, such as on-premise requirements or legacy systems.
Okta also offers their different modules separately, so you can choose which options you need, which can save some money and reduce complexity as well if such services are not needed. For example, their SSO module, Universal Directory, Lifecycle Management and MFA are all separate but can be combined to work as complete all-in-one solutions. Ping offers a less flexible structure, preferring to combine most functions into one package.
Both of these IAM solutions are excellent when it comes to managing access. Both will reduce the friction of adding new users as well as save countless hours within your IT department when it comes to dealing with login questions or issues. The choice between Okta and Ping will come down to your specific enterprise environment and requirements.
This article was written by James Forteze.