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Carahsoft Announces a Modern Identity Offering Powered by Okta and Socure to Fight Identity-Based Fraud in the Public Sector

The Combination of Modern Digital Identity Proofing and Strong Phishing-Resistant Authentication Enables Governments to Serve the Right People Securely, Quickly, and Easily

Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, announced that its vendor partners Okta, the leading independent identity partner, and Socure, the leading provider of digital identity verification and fraud solutions are offering Federal, State, and Local Government agencies cutting-edge identity management and verification technologies to help enable more frictionless digital experiences that accurately verify individual identities while combating attacks by threat actors.

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These solutions offer Government agencies scalable, simple, and secure identity built for the modern era. Achieving accurate and inclusive digital identity verification is critical to accelerating constituent service delivery for vital programs. This is made possible through the combination of Socure’s fully automated, AI- and ML- enabled approach to digital identity verification and Okta’s identity and access management platform, including adaptive multi-factor authentication, best-in-class compliance and security features, and modern, frictionless cloud infrastructure.

“Through our long-standing collaboration with Okta and recent relationship with Socure, Carahsoft, and our reseller partners, will provide Government agencies with best-in-class identity management solutions to combat today’s sophisticated identity scams without making it harder for people to interact with Government services,” said Craig P. Abod, Carahsoft President. “Pooling our capabilities will help reduce the cost, burden, and friction generated by today’s pervasive attacks.”

This approach includes access to key products including:

  • Socure’s ID+ Platform, an industry-leading identity verification and fraud prevention solution that goes beyond the industry standard to analyze every element of identity, maximize accuracy and inclusivity and protect against identity fraud in public-facing transactions that require trust. Socure’s platform helps agencies deliver vital services to the public with limited friction and best-in-class fraud prevention.
  • Okta Universal Directory which centrally manages identities at scale and integrates with a host of applications—on-premises or in the cloud—through open standards and thousands of pre-built integrations.
  • Okta Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication enables phishing-resistant, passwordless MFA and contextual access policies based on key risk factors such as device, network, location, and travel.
  • Okta ThreatInsight allows agencies to enable additional protection facilitated by Okta’s cloud model that identifies potentially malicious IP addresses and proactively blocks known threats.
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“Public benefits fraud has reached unprecedented levels, and outdated technology is a major contributor,” said Katy Mann, Okta’s Senior Vice President of Public Sector. “At Okta, we’re modernizing identity and defending against account takeovers through strong, phishing-resistant authentication that’s surprisingly simple and easy to use. We’re thrilled to partner with Socure, a leader in digital identity verification and fraud prevention, to keep people in control of their identities and government accounts. Okta and Socure are helping public sector organizations simplify digital experiences, improve service delivery, and defend against identity theft and fraud.”

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“This solution will help Government agencies provide a better consumer experience while rooting out more fraud,” said Matt Thompson, General Manager of Socure’s Public Sector business. “It’s time to adopt next-generation digital identity verification that captures high rates of fraud without compromising equity or placing excessive burden on people trying to prove their identities online. Fraud cannot and should not be the cost of doing business with the Government.”

At a time when digitizing benefits delivery is needed to reach large subsets of the population and bolstering public trust in Government services is paramount, these solutions work together to provide key benefits including:

  • Auto-approval of more eligible individuals (98% for mainstream populations, and up to 94% for hard-to-identify populations including Gen Z, millennial and new-to-country individuals)
  • More effective fraud prevention, capturing 90% of third-party identity fraud in the riskiest 3% of users
  • Reduction of manual reviews with fully automated identity verification and fraud prevention, with a response in milliseconds
  • Fast time-to-value with easy, secure connections across a variety of applications and on the cloud
  • Comprehensive approach to security with audited infrastructure and process
  • Reduction of the burden of password management with simple, passwordless MFA options
  • variety of flexible authentication options that nearly everyone can use

Socure and Okta’s offerings are available through Carahsoft’s SEWP V contracts NNG15SC03B and NNG15SC27B, ITES-SW2 Contract W52P1J-20-D-0042, NASPO ValuePoint Master Agreement #AR2472, NCPA Contract NCPA01-86, OMNIA Partners Contract #R191902 and OMNIA Partners Contract #R191902.

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