How can Single Sign-On help companies to be more secured?
Managing a company and its users, its identity & access management across various SAAS applications for a company is a cumbersome process. As per Blissfully 2020 report, a company size (0-10) has about 47 relationships from a person to app, for a company size of (11-50), it has about 189 relationships from a person to app and a company size of (51-100), it has about 584 relationships from a person to app. By this number we can know about the growing complexity between a person working at the company and its usages of apps,its relationships and secured management of the same.
With this growing complexity we realise there is a risk which a company, however small or big, has to address in terms of management of users, its identity across apps and its strong security compliance it needs to adhere to mitigate the risk of cyber attacks or breaches.
Usernames and passwords are the primary objectives of cybercriminals and is a risk which a business possesses if it is not secured enough. According to the research of TechCrunch 59% use something very similar or comparative passwords on numerous records.
In this manner, if a hacker gets access through one inadequately obtained site, they will probably have the option to access other SAAS applications of the company. As per WEF Global Risk Report, cyber attacks is the fifth top rated risk for public and private companies.
So, what can a company(small, mid to large) do to have a centralized, secured and an effective way to manage users identity and its access to all its enterprise SAAS applications?
Enterprise Single Sign-ON
Enterprise Single Sign On is a way to authenticate to enable enterprise users to log in with a single ID and password within multiple SAAS applications. Single Sign-on or SSO sets up a trusted relationship between a service provider and an identity provider. The company user, its identity and its access management is linked with three-layered administration of the account, which covers the secured creation, access, deletion, and updation.
How Single sign-on works?
In the most common cause, the identity provider and service provider set up a trust relationship by exchanging digital certificates and metadata and communicate with one another via open standards like Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), OAuth, or OpenID.
You will also want to keep in mind that your SSO platform needs to integrate into a larger organizational IT architecture, and you need to think cautiously about how to do so while maintaining the entire security posture. For example, an SSO system might make it impossible to downstream the security tools to identify the authentic IP address of the user attempting to log in to the system.
How can SSO benefit the company and its users?
Centralized identity & access management for company’s apps
Lessens the burden to manage different passwords and access for applications
Unified security policy and compliance for access and password management
Reduce risk and exposure for cyberattacks
SSO can also assist with industry regulations, like HIPAA, that require successful authentication of users who are accessing electronic records or who require audit controls to follow activity and access.
This unified framework offers easy access to the management system of the central directory to de-provision users and makes the process faster and cheaper. The policies can be directed based on the user role, location, and other traits. If an enterprise implements a quality solution, it enhances security, usability and saves time and money for the respective department.
Single sign-on solutions
There are different forms of SSO solutions like AWS Single Sign On, Google Cloud SSO, Microsoft for your company to consider depending on your company’s needs based on the users you have or apps that you are using. The right solution depends upon a lot of factors before you make a decision.
At iView Labs, we help you to assess and identify the right solution for you depending upon your company, the no. of users and what kind of applications your company and its users are using.
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