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Single Sign-On (SSO): Everything You Need To Know Admin January 20, 2021

Single Sign-On (SSO): Everything You Need To Know

Although Single Sign-On (SSO), has been in use by many enterprises for many years, its importance has never been underestimated. Employees expect to have easy access and flexibility in the workplace. People don’t like long, repetitive login processes every time they need to access an app or service.

Businesses need to provide their employees with easy access to their productivity suite from any device and anywhere they are located, due to increasing dependency on the cloud. This article will explain what single sign-on means and all you need to know.

What is Single Sign-On (SSO), and how can it help you?

Single Sign-On (SSO), a method of authentication that allows users to log in to multiple websites and apps with a single set. Individuals or enterprises can use SSO to make it easier to manage usernames and passwords across multiple accounts and platforms. One example of a single sign on is when you log in to your Google account. This automatically logs into your YouTube and Gmail accounts without you having to log in again or use unique credentials for each platform.

Why is single sign-on important?

Single Sign-On is an essential part of access and identity management. It allows organizations to verify the identity of employees and grant permissions based upon their identity in order to efficiently access corporate networks.

What is Single Sign-On?

Single Sign-On uses federated identity to link users’ identities across multiple networks and domains. This allows users to use the same set credentials to authenticate on multiple platforms using the same set. Users are granted access to all linked platforms automatically after they have been authenticated for one platform.

You may be wondering how this works. Every time users log in with their SSO credentials, an authenticated token is generated and stored on the SSO solution’s server. The next app or website that users visit will automatically check their SSO account for their login credentials, and then grant them access.
Two main components are required to make an SSO function: the identity provider and the service provider. The service provider provides a product or service, such as an app or website. An identity provider is the system that manages all user authentication credentials.

Here’s how it works.

1.The user visits a website or application that interests him.

2. Websites or apps generate an authentication token that is shared with the identity provider.

3.The identity provider sends a response back to the service provider. The app or website.

4. After that, the user will be prompted to enter his credentials in order to log in.

5. After the credentials of the user have been verified, access will be granted to other websites or apps

What are the benefits of single sign-on?

1. Greater Security and Compliance

SSO was designed to enhance the enterprise’s security infrastructure. SSO can help you strengthen your data security due to the increasing rate of cyber crime and stringent privacy laws. How? How? SSO increases corporate security because users don’t need multiple passwords for different platforms. This greatly reduces the attack surface.

2. Password Fatigue Reduced

IT administrators are responsible for data security in their company and require that every employee uses a unique password on each platform and account. However, this means that one employee must remember and generate dozens of passwords. This can lead to password fatigue. Customers abandon apps and leave websites because they don’t want to create another password. SSO reduces the number of logins and decreases password fatigue.

3. Enhances the User Experience

SSO makes it easier for users to remember many passwords. We have all forgotten passwords at one time or another. Yes, it is difficult to remember all passwords you have created. SSO makes it easier for users to remember multiple passwords and enhances their overall experience.

4. You save time

Machines and humans are wired differently. Humans don’t have the same ability to remember everything. Inability to remember passwords will prevent you from accessing your valuable services or platforms. Employees can log in to multiple accounts using one sign-on, but they only need to remember one password. This reduces the number support tickets for password forgotten that need to be raised with the IT help desk. Both employees and IT teams save time and effort.

5. Shadow IT can be prevented

Shadow IT is when employees use apps, services and websites not allowed by their company. These violations can lead to corporate data breaches that could land an organization in serious trouble. SSO allows users to monitor their activity on various websites and apps. This can be used to help enterprise IT teams detect violations and restore security.

Here are some examples of the most popular SSO solutions

SSO services can use a variety of SSO protocols, such as SAML-based SSO (OAuth), OpenID Connect (OpenID Connect), etc. Based on the authentication process they use, there are many types of SSO protocols. SSO is gaining more importance as businesses realize its value. More enterprises are looking for SSO solutions to help their companies.

These are some of the most popular SSO solutions currently dominating this market:

  • Okta
  • Ping Identity
  • Auth0
  • One login
  • JumpCloud 

Scalefusion MDM seamlessly integrates with SSO Solution

Scalefusion allows IT administrators to use SAML-based SSO with Okta or PingOne identity providers. These SSO solutions can be integrated with Scalefusion dashboard to eliminate the need for IT administrators to remember passwords. This allows IT admins to access Scalefusion dashboard easily. Scalefusion had previously allowed SSO via O365 or G-Suite. To take advantage of the SSO capabilities, however, users don’t need to be O365 or G Suite users with the Okta integration

Closing Lines

User authentications will become a crucial part of enterprise cybersecurity as cloud services gain popularity. Single Sign-Ons can be a great way of simplifying user credentials management without burdening your IT. They also reduce the risk of users experiencing poor experiences or weakening security efforts.

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