Single sign-on systems (often abbreviated as SSO) focus on improving security of the access to the IT systems. It is common that a user has to remember many different usernames and corresponding passwords. When they are not used frequently enough, they are often forgotten and the number of requests for password reset increases, which is very time-consuming for helpdesk operators or system administrators. Also, as a result of this situation, users often use simple and easy-to-remember passwords than can easily be abused. The worst case scenario is when the passwords are not just stored in the user's head but also in other places where they can be exploited.
SSO systems can help solve both these password-related problems. They use strong, automatically generated password that is filled in automatically. The user gets the comfort of a quick and secure login without the need to remember more passwords. The password database is well protected by system means and only a safe user access is possible. To maximize the effect of the protection, the implementation of SSO is usually linked to the implementation of multi-factor authentication (it involves two or more factors - an object + password or PIN; similarly to a credit card).
For whom is Single Sign-On intended?
Typically, an organization that administers large amount of users and system security is their primary goal, implements SSO. The risk of a system attack is high and a weak password can literally be a weak spot. SSO can easily be implemented in all types of organizations - service businesses, manufacturing businesses or public administration.
In what situations can Single Sign-On help you?
- If you need to improve user efficiency and prevent the need to constantly log into different applications, then SSO is the solution you are looking for. SSO is capable of automated password administration including automated login and periodical changes. The user's comfort is improved significantly and he can save both his time and the time of helpdesk operators and system administrators.
- Security standards require passwords to be strong. These passwords, however, are difficult for the users to remember. SSO systems provide significantly improved password protection without the negative impact on the users.