SAML integration advantages
Some integrations let you choose either RADIUS or SAML 2.0 to interoperate with Okta.
SAML integrations offer the following advantages over RADIUS:
- SAML integrations provide a rich, intuitive, and consistent login experience, while RADIUS uses a text-based challenge that has inconsistent formatting. Using SAML can reduce user training and support requirements, and its consistent sign in experience makes users less susceptible to phishing attempts.
- SAML integrations provide greater security by exposing credentials to fewer parties.
- SAML integrations use a simplified infrastructure. They involve minimal maintenance and don't require on-premises agents. The user agent (for example, browser, VPN client, and so on) transmits messages in a secure manner, so there's no need for the service provider (firewall or application server) to connect to Okta. Federation is established using a one-time exchange of SAML metadata. This one-time setup establishes trust for ongoing transactions.
- Okta SAML integrations are robust and include adaptive MFA and provisioning.