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Zoom and Okta are bringing an additional layer of security to end-to-end encrypted video meetings.

The additional security comes in the form of Okta Authentication End-to-End Encryption (E2EE). The authentication feature uses Okta to confirm the email identity of Zoom meeting participants. In this way, unauthorized participants should be kept out.

Okta Authentication for E2EE allows Zoom account administrators to verify identity through the Security tab of the Zoom Web Portal. Once the Zoom account administrator has enabled the feature, a participant can choose to share their own identity by enabling the feature in their individual settings. Depending on a user’s organizational settings, they may be automatically authenticated or redirected to the Okta Web page. There, they can complete verification using two-factor authentication (2FA) login credentials.

Once a participant is authenticated, a blue shield appears next to the username in the meeting participant list. Anyone participating in the meeting can hover over the icon to see a small summary with verified information about that person. In it, they will also find the company name and associated Okta-verified email address. The screenshot above gives an idea of how the information is displayed.

The feature is available immediately to paying Okta and Zoom customers. Zoom’s support page provides detailed information on setting up Okta Authentication for E2EE.

Zero trust

Okta sees that for collaboration platforms it is increasingly becoming mandatory to use identity authentication. This can be done with single sign-on or 2FA. The obligation would in turn lead for an “explosion in adoption of its Zero Trust security solutions” of Okta. Okta sees its partnership with Zoom as a good example of this.

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