DIYA JOLLY Kimberly White Getty Images

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Diya Jolly

Chief Product Officer, Okta

In the work-from-home era, far-flung workers who need to securely connect to multiple apps on different devices have relied on identity-security company Okta more than ever.

Diya Jolly, the company’s head of product since 2019, plays a key role in its lofty mission of “enabling any organization to use any technology” at this critical moment in its history

During the COVID-19 pandemic, identity security is evolving much faster than usual, the Google, Microsoft, and Motorola veteran says.

“I’ve been in product for 20 years. I’ve ridden the trends of mobile, apps, and streaming video. Things are moving so fast — that’s what’s different now,” she says. “You have to plan and build products broadly and in the abstract on an evolving platform, rather than product by product, because everything is in motion. We will see five years of growth during 2020.”

In her area that means advances in biometrics, where apps identify users by facial recognition, fingerprints, gestures, and other physical traits. It also means progress toward a larger vision, a new kind of centralized online identity that travels with consumers and workers from app to app and website to website with configurable privacy. “We’re not there yet, but we will be soon,” Jolly adds.