Etihad Airways and Okta today announced a strategic technology partnership to integrate Okta’s identity and access management platform into the airline’s existing security infrastructure. This partnership will enable the airline to oversee its global data network of customers, employees and partners in the cloud.
The multi-million dollar deal comes as an integral
part of Etihad Airways’ technology and innovation strategy to further
strengthen its architecture and security through strategic partners. It will
enable the airline to easily authenticate, federate, manage and secure user
access to its growing list of cloud and mobile services.
Etihad Airways’ Chief Information and
Technology Officer, Robert Webb, said: “Selecting Okta’s next-generation technology
demonstrates our commitment to secure our business and guest information. It
also underlines our strategy of being cloud-first, enhances our guests’
experience, and allows our employees to work smarter.”
“Okta's innovative cloud-based solutions meet our requirements to
extend our identity and access management strategy to the cloud. Integrating
these solutions to our central system will give us the flexibility to
accommodate our expanding global customer base, while accelerating our business
by fostering collaboration, saving costs and further securing our IT
Tailored to Etihad Airways’ needs, Okta’s solutions will securely
and simply connect users to their applications anywhere, anytime and from any
device. Guests and employees will experience a seamless signing-in process with
user logins managed centrally in the cloud.
Etihad Airways’ employees will also benefit from Okta’s leading Single
Sign On (SSO) technology, enabling them to securely log in once and easily
access their internal business applications without needing to login to each
new application within the platform.
Using Okta’s advanced enterprise-grade identity management solution, 3.2 million members of the
airline’s award-winning loyalty program – Etihad Guest, will be able to login once
into a single platform and navigate through a variety of features to enable flight
bookings, miles redemption, and the viewing of statements and exclusive offers.
Todd McKinnon, Chief Executive Officer, Okta, said: “We’re seeing
an increasing number of organisations like Etihad Airways turn to cloud
applications to drive productivity internally, as well as to enhance externally
facing experiences like B2C websites, partner portals, or even entirely new
cloud applications. Okta uniquely offers a single platform for customers to
manage and control identity across any number of these scenarios. We’re
delighted that Etihad Airways has chosen Okta to help its business grow by
delivering a top quality experience to its employees and customers.”