Eric Olden

Founder, Innovator, Visionary

Eric Olden is widely recognized as one of the architects of identity management on the internet. He created the first single sign-on product for web applications, launched the first Identity as a Service company and co-authored the ubiquitous SAML identity federation standard which allows users to move seamlessly between secure websites without relogging in. Like when you navigate from your online banking site to redeem points on a travel site.

He is currently CEO and co-founder of Strata Identity which allows companies to mix and match incompatible cloud identity systems, saving customers millions of dollars and months of manual labor per project.

Strata Identity’s customers include major brands such as Kroger, Navy Federal Credit Union, Publix, and Annexus. The company has been named a “Cool Vendor” by leading analyst firm Gartner, a SINET16 Innovator, a top cyber security startup by several media outlets and was runner up for Most Innovative Company at the 2021 RSA Conference.


  • CEO of Strata Identity
  • Co-author of the SAML standard
  • Wrote a new standard called IDQL which solved the policy, compatibility, and security issues between multiple clouds
  • Created the first pre-integrated SSO platform and the first IDaaS company
  • Pioneered the identity and access management revolution
  • Forbes Technology Council Contributor
  • Frequent speaker at industry events

As seen on:

State of Identity
Navigating Identity Challenges in the Multi-Vendor, Multi-Cloud Landscape (Sept 2023)
Code Story
Eric Olden, Strata Identity (Sept 2023)
The Business of Security
Identity Orchestration and the Hidden Costs of Cybersecurity (Sept 2023)
Navigating the Cloud Journey
Identity Orchestration In Multi-Cloud Environments (August 2023)
The Cyber Hut
An Interview with Eric Olden from (July 2023)
Identity at the Center
Identity Orchestration with Eric Olden of Strata Identity (July 2023)
Application Security Weekly
Eliminate Security Vulnerabilities with App Modernization and Identity Orchestration (June 2023)
Identity Jedi
Identity Jedi February Edition (February 2023)

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