Custom IdP Factor Authentication

This is an Early AccessEarly Access (EA) features are opt-in features that you can try out in your org by asking Okta Support to enable them. Additionally, the Features page in the Okta Admin Console (Settings > Features) allows Super Admins to enable and disable some EA features themselves. feature. To enable it, contact Okta Support.


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Once an IdP factor has been enabled and added to a factor enrollment policy, users who sign in to Okta may use it to verify their identity at sign in. End usersEnd users are people in your org without administrative control. They can authenticate into apps from the icons on their My Applications home page, but they are provisioned, deprovisioned, assigned, and managed by admins. are directed to the Identity Provider in order to authenticate and then redirected to Okta once verification is successful.

With this feature you can:


End-user experience

  • After the admin has added and enabled the custom factor, the end user is prompted to set up custom factor authentication on their next sign in.
  • Once the end user has successfully set up the factor, it will appear in their settings as a configured factor under Settings > Extra Verification.


Before you begin

  • Admin access to Okta is required to enroll and configure the desired custom factor.
  • An existing Identity Provider must be available to use as the additional step up authentication provider.
  • Refer to Step 1 - Add an Identity Provider in this topic for more information on adding an Identity Provider.



Step 1 - Add an Identity Provider

  1. Refer to Identity Providers for more information how to create a SAML Identity Provider for MFA. The workflow is located under: Identify Providers > Configure Inbound SAMLWhen Okta is used as a service provider, it integrates with an identity provider outside of Okta using SAML. Inbound SAML allows users from external identity providers to SSO into Okta. > Workflow > Part 1 – Add a SAML Identity Provider.
  2. Create the IdP factor with IdP usage as FactorOnly. Note that JIT settings are not supported.

  3. Once configured, navigate to Security > Identity Providers from the Okta console to add the Identity Provider.


Step 2 - Enable the custom IdP factor

  1. From the admin dashboard, navigate to Security > Multifactor.
  2. Click IdP Factor to access custom factor setup for custom SAML factor setup.
  3. Click Edit.
  4. Click Add Custom Factor to add a new custom factor.
  5. Select an Identity Provider from the menu. Note that the Identity Provider must be configured first before it can be selected.

  6. Click Save to save your configuration once an Identity Provider has been added.
  7. Set the custom factor status to Active to enable it for end users or Inactive to disable it.


Once the custom factor is active, navigate to Factor Enrollment and add the IdP factor to your orgThe Okta container that represents a real-world organization.'s factor enrollment policy.


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