Protecting your Identity is more important now than ever

For the majority of people, they have no idea how IAM works behind the scenes, but I do hope that everyone reading this understands that security implications are involved with user credentials and how often they can be stolen or misused. This is a reason controlling IAM is extremely import to all organizations from small ones with a closed off single LDAP/AD directory to large organizations that provide not just services to their employees and business partners, but to their customers as well (think of your banking application). Even simply tasks such as on-boarding (new hires) and off boarding (removing access when employees leave or change roles) has moved beyond a simple check list to automation of user identity called Lifecycle Management of credentials.

Because user ID’s and password are sensitive information, we need to protect this data when communicating internally and more importantly when using this data to access cloud-based systems that may or may not be controlled by your organization. To do this, standards are created such as SAML and ODIC which allow secure authentication and authorization without having to transmit the credentials between an identity provider (IdP) and a service provider (SP). This also allows us to leverage single sign on (SSO) across application and resources in the cloud and on premise. However not all applications (mostly legacy) do not provide or can use some of these standard methods. This is where Okta’s Secure Web Authentication (SWA) can alleviate this problem by linking up your ID provider to other applications.

Okta has more than 6,500 pre-integrated applications for SSO an over 1,300 SAML/OIDC integrations provided to their customers out of the box in a cloud supported model. Other vendors provide various methods of syncing credentials between cloud applications, but none have the depth of Okta’s support nor the ease use. Many of these required deep knowledges and supporting middleware such as SQL servers, Sync services and rely on the vendors’ products and services to make it all happen. Okta is vendor neutral, so you are not locked into any specific service or provider.

As more companies move to automate onboarding and offboarding into Human Resources (HR) they also leverage more cloud-based services. Okta has the most integration with HR products such as Workday, UltiPro, BambooHR, SuccessFactors and many others. Getting ready to deploy O365 across the enterprise? Need to support MFA (Multi Factor Authentication) with adaptive security polices? Or about to start a Merger/Acquisition?  Out of the box support from Okta will make this faster, simpler and less expensive.

End users and customers demand seamless and frictionless access to resources you provide and expect their credentials to be secure. When looking to manage complex identity management and SSO, Okta makes this as frictionless as possible for end user while maintaining the security standards Your organizations require.

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Erick Bacallao joined Champion Solutions Group in 2015 after a career of Software Development in Cuba at the National Cancer Care Institute of Cuba, followed by moving to the States with allAware.


Champion acquired allAware and its properties and Erick has utilized his extensive background and expertise in IT and Software Development to rise to VP of Product Development in less than 5 years. During this time, Erick has been involved with key projects that led to the launch of numerous products including CSP Boss, Inscape platform and 365 Productivity Insights.


Erick has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Havana. He won Gold Medals for Programming from the Ministry of Education in Cuba, and he is certainly still a Gold Medalist for Champion!


As President and CEO, Chris is responsible for the development of key strategic alliances and solution portfolio. He leads Champion’s go-to market and execution strategies for integrated offerings in the cloud, in security, and in digital infrastructure, always focusing on improving the customer experience and driving transformative business outcomes.


He also aligns key partner initiatives with company strategy and oversees corporate marketing and messaging to gain mindshare with customers and partners. It’s his vision and innovativeness that have catapulted Champion up the ranks to become a $100M+ organization—and one of the most respected solution providers in the industry.


Over the past two decades, Chris has also focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as innovative product development. He is the original founder and an active member on the Board of Managed Maintenance, Inc., a SAAS provider and consulting firm that utilizes their award-winning One-View Portal to help the IT Channel and its customers manage their IT Maintenance.


Chris is also the original founder and chief strategist behind one of the original storage cloud providers, Storage Access / BluePoint. During the course of a few short years, he had raised $20M and took that company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It has since been acquired by Pomeroy.


In 2012, Chris led the acquisition of MessageOps and continued the product development and worldwide launch of its premier SAAS, 365 Command. Built on Microsoft Azure, 365 Command is currently managing over 1 million seats of Microsoft’s Office 365. After achieving this phenomenal milestone, 365 Command and other MessageOps O365 utilities were sold to Kaseya.


Over the past 35 years, Chris as worked tirelessly to not only advance his own career, but those of his employees. In addition to leading a $100M organization, Chris can also be found sitting with sales teams, cold calling and coaching, and validating why Champion has been listed on Best Places to Work by both South Florida Business Journal and Computerworld.

Ultimately, the success garnered by Champion Solutions Group, its associated companies, and their employees is due in large part to the leadership of its President and CEO. Perhaps the most fitting award Chris has earned is South Florida Business Journal’s 2013 Ultimate CEO Award.