Space and Time, a prominent enterprise, engaged Seven Bits Technologies to bolster the security and access control of their Flask API application. The primary objective was to implement Okta API Gateway, enabling robust authentication, role-based access control, and seamless integration with multiple cryptocurrencies—Zcash, Litecoin, and B-cash.

Problem Statement:

Space and Time faced challenges in ensuring a secure and controlled environment for their Flask API application. The need for stringent authentication, role-based access, and integration with various cryptocurrencies demanded a comprehensive solution.

Solutions Provided:

Okta Developer Account Setup:

  • Created an Okta developer account.
  • Registered the Flask API application in Okta's Developer Console.

Okta Authentication in Python Flask Application:

  • Seamlessly integrated Okta authentication into the Python Flask application.

Route and Endpoint Creation:

  • Established necessary routes and endpoints in the API for a well-defined structure.

Callback Route Implementation:

  • Developed a callback route to manage the authentication callback from Okta.

Integration of Okta Authentication Library:

  • Integrated the Okta authentication library to secure API endpoints effectively.

Endpoint Testing with Postman:

  • Ensured thorough testing of API endpoints using Postman, validating the Okta integration.

Access Control for Authenticated Users:

  • Implemented strict access control, allowing only authenticated users to access secured endpoints.

Role-Based Group Creation:

  • Created distinct groups for each role to streamline the authorization process.

Auth Endpoint for Role Assignment:

  • Developed an auth endpoint assigning users to respective groups based on their roles.

Custom Authorization Server Setup:

  • Created a custom authorization server for Zcash, Litecoin, and B-cash.

Policy Creation for Each Role:

  • Established policies tied to specific API endpoint scopes for each role.

Rules for Policy Assignment:

  • Implemented rules ensuring automatic policy assignment based on group membership.

Role Claims Verification Logic:

  • Implemented logic to check access token's role claims, granting/denying access accordingly across all Flask apps.

Error Handling and Logging:

  • Implemented robust error handling and logging mechanisms to provide clear feedback for users attempting unauthorized access.

Results and Impact:

Seven Bits Technologies successfully implemented the Okta API Gateway for Space and Time, providing enhanced security, role-based access control, and streamlined integration with Zcash, Litecoin, and B-cash. The Flask API application now operates with improved authentication mechanisms, ensuring a secure and seamless experience for users.


The collaborative effort resulted in the successful implementation of Okta API Gateway, addressing the security concerns and access control requirements of the Flask API application. The comprehensive solution not only resolved the immediate challenges but also positioned Space and Time for a more secure and efficient operational future.

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