San Francisco — The coronavirus pandemic, for all its human and economic tragedy, has spurred a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the tech industry, seized most visibly by the sector’s giants such as Apple, Amazon and Microsoft, and productivity players such as Zoom and Slack.

A lesser-known beneficiary is Okta, a decade-old cloud computing company based in San Francisco. Its software gives corporate customers a kind of border control for the internet, helping them authenticate the identity of their employees and customers as they connect remotely to a sprawling system of online applications...

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