iTWire – Okta completes IRAP assessment, Australian Government can now leverage modern


COMPANY NEWS: Leading independent Identity partner Okta has announced it has completed an Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) assessment and has been assessed to the Protected level.

Governed and administered by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), IRAP provides a process for independently assessing a system’s security against Australian government policies and guidelines. The Information Security Manual (ISM) is the considered advice of the ACSC. It outlines a cyber security framework that organisations can apply to protect their information and communication technology (ICT) systems from cyber threats.

According to Phil Goldie, Vice President and Managing Director of Okta Australia and New Zealand. “The IRAP Assessment reinforces Okta’s leadership as the leading Identity/Security company with a commitment to enabling security and privacy. Okta can now provide Australian government agencies with the assurance of IRAP protected assessment – protecting sensitive data while enhancing user experience.” 

James Enoch, Head of Public Sector, Okta Australia and New Zealand, added, “The timing couldn’t be better, making it easier for a greater number of federal departments and agencies to turn to Okta to build a secure and frictionless identity environment for users, supporting their move to a zero trust framework.”

With Identity as a critical component of a Zero Trust strategy, Okta empowers government agencies to boost citizen confidence in digital services while safeguarding sensitive data, systems, and people against cyberattacks.

The IRAP assessment extends Okta’s investment and commitment to all levels of government. The company has a team of more than 20 and a growing partner ecosystem that is focused on the Public Sector and Education sectors in both Australia and New Zealand.  Current public sector customers in Australia include Department for Education in South Australia, Service NSW, Australian Red Cross, Comcare, and the City of Dandenong. South Australia’s Department for Education is using Oka Workforce Identity Cloud to power its educational passport, known as EdPass and as a result, has dramatically reduced the time teachers, students, and staff spend accessing the networks, services, and applications required for teaching and learning. 

South Australia’s Department for Education Chief Information Officer, Daniel Hughes, said, “The Okta platform is integrated at the school and department level so that teachers or students can log in once using a single set of credentials and access relevant applications and services. Okta has enabled us to reduce the time we spend identifying and resolving identity issues by more than 20%, allowing our service desk team to focus on value-added services.” 

The City of Greater Dandenong says much of the success of working with Okta came from the City of Greater Dandenong’s ability to benefit from Okta’s contracts at the state government level.

James Hickmott, Senior IT Coordinator, City of Greater Dandenong Council, says: “We’ve gained so much from their understanding of how the public sector operates and exactly what we need. We could have very frank conversations, which worked well for us.” 

Last year, Okta announced it had earned its U.S. Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) High Authorization. Okta for Government High is the secure identity solution built to help U.S. government agencies and offices meet their security requirements. The solution complies with more than 420 baseline security controls for handling mission-critical information.

Okta is the World’s Identity Company. As the leading independent Identity partner, our mission is to free everyone to safely use any technology—anywhere, on any device or app. The most trusted brands trust Okta to enable secure access, authentication, and automation. With flexibility and neutrality at the core of our Okta Workforce Identity and Customer Identity Clouds, business leaders and developers can focus on innovation and accelerate digital transformation thanks to customisable solutions and more than 7,000 pre-built integrations. We’re building a world where Identity belongs to you. Learn more at okta.com.



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