Factor Sequencing

This 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 can be enabled from the Early Access Feature Manager. See Manage Early Access and Beta features for more details.

Factor Sequencing allows an end user to sign in to their org by authenticating with a series of configured MFA factors in place of a standard password.

There are two steps to set up Factor Sequencing successfully:

  1. Set enrollment policies for desired MFA factors
  2. Define Okta sign-on policies


End-user experience

  1. At Okta sign in, the end user is prompted to enter their ID to sign in.
  2. After entering their ID and clicking Next, the end user must authenticate with one or more factors that have been configured by their admin as part of the sign on policy.
  3. The end user can also select other factors in the sequence to authenticate via the factors listed in the drop-down menu.


Before you begin

Note the following limitations before configuring Factor Sequencing:


Set enrollment policies for MFA factors

  1. From the Admin Console, navigate to Security > Multifactor > Factor Enrollment to set the enrollment policies for the factors you have already activated for your users.
  2. Verify that the factors in at least one factor chain is marked as Required for enrollment. For example, by defining the following two factor sequences in your sign on policy:
  3. (a) SMS and Okta Verify

    (b) Okta Verify and Security Questions

    Your 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 required to enroll in the sequenced factors (a) or (b) for successful authentication to take place.


Define Okta sign-on policies

  1. From the Admin Console, navigate to Security > AuthenticationAuthentication is distinct from authorization, which is the process of giving individuals access to system objects based on their identity. Authentication merely ensures that the individual is who he or she claims to be, but says nothing about the access rights of the individual. Authentication methods and protocols include direct auth, delegated auth, SAML, SWA, WS-Fed, and OpenID Connect. > Sign On.
  2. Select an existing rule or create a new rule for end users.
  3. After selecting your rule criteria, scroll down to Authentication to define your factor sequences.

Once your changes are saved, authentication with factor sequencing will be made available to end users immediately.

Example of Factor Sequencing in the admin console when defining a policy rule for MFA enrollment:


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