Single Sign-On (SSO) can unify the access control, even for the mobile apps, cloud computing Platforms and social networks. But what we must know about SSO?
If online services can not be used, it is often an issue with wither forgotten password or the user name or verification questions to reset. Problems with the multitude of identities and credentials, is not limited to only the consumers. We wrote about Cloud Computing Security Issues, Permissions and Identities in the Cloud and Identity And Access Management. These articles are important for getting a crystal clear idea on the topics.
With Increased Usage of Mobile Devices, Social and Cloud Computing the Demand for Single Sign-On Solutions is on Rise
The majority of businesses now lies in the SoMoClo phase. SoMoClo stands for social media, mobile computing and cloud computing. 77 percent of companies surveyed in one or the other study use mobile computing, 68 percent use social media and 65 percent has some operational cloud services. You can read the article on Social, Mobile, Cloud Computing and Information Technology for a bit more details on that topic. The number of digital identities and passwords to be handled by a user, can be reduced through single sign-on (SSO). A standardization of user access through a single sign-on method appears as a helpful way: 70 percent of users of single sign-on (SSO) platforms expect this to improve safety, 51 percent think for the reduction of the required IT resources and 49 percent feel an increase in comfort for usage.
Searching the single sign-on (SSO) Market
Looking at the market for Single Sign-On (SSO) solutions, many new vendors have been added the service in the recent time. The Single Sign-On (SSO) market is moving, because of the steady increase in operational use smartphones and tablets, the increasing use of cloud services and the growing importance of social media in business.
- First criteria is the Interfaces
- Second Criteria is security
- Third criterion is ease of usage
We will go in to the details on each criteria in separate article in future (with update, link will appear here).
Just to explain a bit superficially – for each Single Sign-On (SSO) method, the integration is important – in other words, the variety of interfaces – that decides whether one can really speak of a unified, central application or if the several applications used by the company, are supported or not. Attention should be paid in particular of each SSO solution standards, directory services (such as Active Directory or OpenLDAP), identity services and applications in the network and in the cloud, but must also think about support for mobile applications and social media platforms. With a single sign-on the requirements for complex passwords and encrypted application procedure should be standard. It is obvious that, each Single Sign-On (SSO) solution should also be characterized by their user-friendliness – both standard users and administrators.