Atlas Identity Explains: Should you build or buy an identity service?

Do you want to free up your dev team to work on the cool stuff? You can!

Step away from building your own identity service, the future is in buying a pre-built solution. The majority of our clients benefit from buying an out-of-the-box solution from Okta, no matter how complex they thought their systems were. So before you start rolling your own, have a think about:

  • Who is going to validate the security of your identity service?
    Okta regularly runs penetration tests against its platform to make it secure. They also operate a public bug bounty, allowing anyone to report vulnerabilities found within their service.

  • How will you maintain the identity service when you’re on holiday?
    You can receive instant up-to-the-minute information on service availability with Okta. Their platform includes more than 60,000 automated tests which include security issues. They’ve built the Okta Status Site for you to check-in to your current operational status, as well as service history wherever you are, 24/7.

  • Who is keeping the identity service compliant with important legal and contractual obligations?
    Okta will maintain compliance with a range of industry-standard certifications and authorisations, and you don’t even have to lift a finger! Check-out Okta’s Trust Site for all their compliance resources and certifications.

So, don’t waste time and money rolling your own. Buy an industry-leading identity service instead. You’ll increase speed of delivery, strengthen security, enhance customer experience, but most importantly, free-up your dev team to work on the core functions of your business.

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