Okta: Enforce Multi Factor Authentication in Okta

Updated on
January 13, 2023

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Introduction

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is a security measure designed to add an extra layer of protection to online accounts. It requires users to provide more than one form of authentication before being allowed to access an account. In this guide, we will cover how to enforce MFA in Okta as an Okta administrator. 

Prerequisites

Before setting up MFA in Okta, you should ensure that you have the following: - A valid Okta administrator account - An understanding of the Okta policies, user roles, and authentication methods - An understanding of the user’s device and operating system 

Technical Reference Guide

Step 1: Set up MFA The first step is to set up MFA in Okta.

1. Log in to the Okta Administrator Dashboard. 

2. Select the “Security” tab and then click on “Multi-Factor Authentication”. 

3. Select the authentication method you wish to use and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup. 

Step 2: Configure MFA policies Once MFA is set up, you will need to configure MFA policies in order to enforce MFA for your users. 

1. Select the “Security” tab and then click on “Multi-Factor Authentication”. 

2. Select the “Policies” tab and then click “Add Policy”. 

3. Select the users, user groups, and/or applications you wish to enforce MFA for and then click “Next”.

4. Select the authentication method you wish to use and then click “Next”. 5. Enter any additional details for the policy and then click “Save”. 

Step 3: Test MFA Once you have configured your MFA policies, it is important to test that they are working as expected. 

1. Log in to the Okta Administrator Dashboard. 

2. Select the “Security” tab and then click on “Multi-Factor Authentication”. 

3. Select the “Test” tab and then click “Run Test”. 

4. Follow the on-screen instructions to test that MFA is working as expected. 

Step 4: Monitor MFA Once you have tested that MFA is working, it is important to monitor your MFA policies to ensure that they are still working as expected. 

1. Log in to the Okta Administrator Dashboard.

2. Select the “Security” tab and then click on “Multi-Factor Authentication”. 

3. Select the “Audit Logs” tab to view any recent MFA activity. 

Conclusion 

By following the steps outlined in this guide, you will be able to successfully enforce MFA in Okta as an Okta administrator. It is important to remember to test and monitor your MFA policies to ensure that they are working as expected and that your users are adequately protected.