Limit the number of super admins

Admin roles allow you to control user access to a range of Okta functions. You can assign more than one role to an individual admin if their job requires them to perform actions that span multiple roles. This role can create other admins, assign or remove permissions, and perform all other admin activities. The Super admin has the highest permissions of all admin roles.

For more information, see Super administrators.

HealthInsight task recommendation

Ensure that org admins are not assigned more permissions than necessary.

Okta recommends

Limit the number of super admins only to users who require super admin access. An org should not have more than:

  • 50 percent of admins have super admin privileges

  • 15 super admins

All other admins should only have the permissions as required for their role.

Plan for a recurring assessment of all admin privileges to ensure these best practices are met.

Security impact


End-user impact


Change admin privileges to a user or an Okta group

  1. From the Admin Console, navigate to Security > Administrators.
  2. Under Admin Roles, select the Super filter to display only super administrators.

  3. Next to each user entry, click Edit. The Edit Administrator window is displayed.
  4. From the list of administrator roles, assign a role other than Super admin to the user.
  5. Click Update Administrator to continue.

Related topics

HealthInsight tasks and recommendations

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Assign administrator permissions

Super administrators