The technology of single sign-on (SSO) authentication has been around for some time. However, it has only started gaining traction in recent years. Today, SSO is essential to the success of enterprise identity access management solutions.
Many organisations have recently turned to the use of cloud-based tools for work, with employees having to access many applications and services. Instead of manually logging in every time, SSO allows business employees to access an array of Internet applications and tools with a single username and password combination. As a result, many businesses have begun to incorporate SSO and employees can do away with memorising multiple login credentials, thus contributing to improving workplace productivity. Moreover, SSO reduces the number of forgotten passwords and password resets. This, in turn, alleviates help desk costs as IT security teams are no longer burdened with having to manage countless passwords linked to just as many employee accounts. Security teams no longer have to handle low-level administrative issues and hence, are able to channel their efforts into larger scale operations to augment efficiency and security. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that an increasing number of businesses are turning to SSO as a solution to streamline login processes and save costs on digital security.
Contrary to popular belief, SSO authentication enhances digital security despite users only having to remember one set of username and password. SSO technology increases the difficulty for hackers to find out a person’s login information, especially with more sophisticated solutions offering biometric authentication through fingerprint identification and facial recognition. Furthermore, SSO grants IT, teams, real-time overview of the users who have accessed certain corporate resources. A real-time system log monitors user activity through geolocation tracking and uses that information to ensure that the integrity of the system is not compromised. Should an employee lose their laptop or smartphone device, the IT security team can effectively disable their account. In a similar vein, SSO allows for the configuration of access based on employee role, making sure that the appropriate people have access to the appropriate resources. As a result, access can be controlled based on seniority of the employee or the department they belong to, making it transparent to the organisation which resources can or cannot be accessed by certain employees.
In addition, SSO aids in the tightening of business-to-business (B2B) collaboration. Extranets are a major way of interconnection between businesses and they contain data that is shared between companies for the purpose of collaboration. Cross-company relationships can be supported by SSO which enables business partners to selectively access documents, applications and resources. With SSO, interoperability can be achieved, while businesses maintain complete control over their corporate data. By facilitating B2B collaboration, organisations can enhance development and output of products and services.
As the world moves to a digital age where everyone is interconnected, there will be more IT security challenges, especially for businesses. SSO is an integral property of identity access management systems to strengthen digital security and create a streamlined workflow experience within the workplace. Businesses are strongly encouraged to adopt SSO solutions.