The MSSP Guide to Idaptive SSO

MSSP guide to Idaptive SSO


Idaptive SSO is a great identity management solution that we recommend and implement every day. Idaptive does a great job with endpoint security and works particularly well with Active Directory. The primary alternative to Idaptive is Okta, which costs more because it is a more mature product and offers additional features and powerful integrations. While Idaptive has fewer application integrations than Okta, Idaptive covers more ground in single sign-on (SSO) and multi factor authentication (MFA) alone. Here’s a guide.


What is Idaptive?

Idaptive specializes in adaptive authentication for email security, database monitoring, and remote app security. Idaptive strives for a simple interface that integrates SSO, MFA, EMM, and UBA. A leader in cloud-based Single Sign On and Multi Factor Authentication, Idaptive is a flexible solution that’s easy to implement for small to large companies. We tend to recommend Idaptive to product-based companies with a growing salesforce.


What is Idaptive Single Sign On (SSO)?

Idaptive offers class-leading SSO solutions. The most common example of SSO is your Gmail account. When you’re signed-in to your account and visit various different Google properties (ex., Gmail, YouTube, etc.), your authentication travels with you, and you’re automatically signed-in to the different environments. Single Sign On (SSO), per Wikipedia:

“Single sign-on (SSO) is an authentication scheme that allows a user to log in with a single ID and password to any of several related, yet independent, software systems.”


What is Idaptive SSO pricing?

We’ve implemented Idaptive’s adaptive SSO for a Bay Area startup. They pay Idative’s per user fees ($40/year), and that’s it. In total they paid about $8,000/year. On a larger scale, we implemented Idaptive for an enterprise, and their Idaptive pricing is about $50,000/year.

Is Idaptive the most cost-effective solution? We think so. One leading Idaptive competitor is Okta — and they cost about 20% more. Does that mean we recommend Idaptive over Okta, purely on price? No. We recommend solutions based on the best fit for your company’s needs and long-term goals.


Does Centrify own Idaptive?

While Idaptive was spun out of Centrify, recently Idaptive was acquired by CyberArk. In a press release, CyberArk founder, Udi Mokady, says: “With Idaptive, CyberArk will offer customers a SaaS-delivered, security-first approach to managing identities—with Privileged Access Management at its core—that reduces risk, simplifies operations and improves business agility…”


Does Idaptive SSO work with a VPN?

Yes. You can protect remote VPN access to your on-premise resources by integrating Idaptive MFA with Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, and Juniper VPN services. Also, per Idaptive:

“You can use Idaptive Identity Service with your RADIUS client to provide a second authentication layer. For example, if a VPN concentrator uses RADIUS for authentication, you can configure email as a secondary authentication requirement.”

And, per Idaptive:

“Juniper SSL VPN offers SP-initiated SAML SSO (for SSO access directly through the Juniper SSL VPN web application)…”

And lastly, per Idaptive:

“The Idaptive App Gateway enables you to set up secure, per-app access to your on-premises applications without a VPN. With App Gateway, you can access individual legacy applications based on application URLs, users, groups, and network information without exposing your entire network, installing hardware, or changing firewall rules.”


Does Idaptive offer biometric and multi factor authentication (MFA)?

Idaptive does offer biometric authentication, however their biometric offerings are limited. That said, Idaptive offers fantastic multi factor authentication. Per Idaptive:

“Whether it’s a push notification, Idaptive mobile authenticator, SMS/text message, email, interactive phone call, YubiKeys , USB devices, digital certificates, Smart Cards, derived credentials or biometrics, we’ve got something for everyone.”

In our experience implementing Idaptive for companies and enterprises of all sizes, We tend to recommend it to product based companies with a growing salesforce.


Who are Idaptive SSO competitors?

The primary Idaptive SSO competitor we recommend is Okta. While Okta and Idaptive are similar product offerings, we have preferences based on your company’s goals and needs.

Choose Okta if your company is:

  • Mostly interested in online login (i.e., publishers, gaming)
  • Single Sign On and/or Multi Factor Authentication
  • Scaling quickly to 200+ employees
  • 100% cloud-based
  • Interested in biometric/fingerprint authentication

Choose Idaptive if your company is:

  • Product based with a growing salesforce
  • 50-100+ employees
  • On-prem and cloud data centers
  • Interested in a “zero-trust” security policy


Do I need an Idaptive consultant near me?

Maybe. The most important factor is experience and effective workflow, whether in-person, on-site, virtual, or off-site. That said, we think working with an Idaptive consultant near you is an advantage. This will allow your Idaptive consultant to better communicate with existing IT teams, and better understand your current information architecture. A non-local Idaptive consultant becomes a good option if they follow security best practices, and have an established virtual workflow. Why? Location is less significant when virtual workforce tools are effectively adopted by consultant and client, whether a small business or global enterprise. Plus, on-site specialists can become costly. Bottomline, look for an Idaptive consultant who offers an excellent communication process, clear workflow, and custom security solution for your business. 


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