Whether you are an Enterprise or a HigherEd Institution, password fatigue is something that plagues your users in equal measure. We have become reliant on several apps to get our everyday business going. Whether it is Google Apps®, Outlook®, Office 365®, Salesforce®, Canvas®, Blackboard®, Moodle®, Jenzabar®, Banner® or anything under the sun, it is all safely locked up with a lock and key (read as user name and password). In a way, it is inevitable because one can’t expose all the data. But, the problem is, the number of these apps that we rely on is on the rise. Consequently, the burden of credentials that one needs to remember/manage is on the rise too.
Single Sign-On is a mechanism to collate these credentials and put them all under one single umbrella where-in, the user will login only once with a single set of credentials and all the essential applications will appear as a wall of icons. One can simply click on the application and it will launch, though the user logged in individually into it. This would mitigate the need to remember multiple credentials. The mechanism that aggregates all the essential applications under a single set of credentials is known as ‘Single Sign-On’.
As a first step, this involves setting up a central server that all the applications trust. When a user tries to login for the first time, a cookie is set on the central server. When the user tries to login to another application, the login request is redirected to the central server to verify the cookie information. On successful match, the user is directed to the application with a token thereby without having to login yet again.
Achieving single sign-on is a step-by-step, systematic yet simple process. However, to achieve single sign-on and implement it effectively across your Institution/Organization, there are some pre-requisites that it needs to meet.
You can use the QuickLaunch Identity Platform to achieve Single Sign-on in just a matter of few clicks. There are two parts to it. QuickLaunch has an in-built App Store where it is loaded with apps that you can directly add to your “Wall of Icons” and achieve Single Sign-On:
Single Click Log Out
With the click of a single button, log out from all your applications thereby leaving no room for any security breaches.
What will be your selection criteria so that you get the best one to suit the needs of your organization?
Keep an eye on the support for multiple applications that your Identity platform would go a long way in making the most appropriate choice of tool for your organization.
Single Sign-On (also known as SSO) helps a user gain access to multiple applications through an authentication process that uses just 1 set of credentials. It enables single-click access to a whole lot of applications.