Configurable Security FeaturesFrom a security perspective, Single Sign-On is extremely valuable. SSO credentials are managed by a policy server, which can be configured and optimized to recognize multiple levels of security policies and permissions. Simply put, SSO strengthens the security of your environment while giving your workforce a productivity injection. Administrators can pull reports and actionable analytics, monitor or access user activity logs, and quickly remove access globally rather than on an individual basis.
Multifactor Authentication (MFA or 2FA)With the right SSO tool, Multifactor Authentication (MFA or 2FA) can be configured using a wide range of factors that include bio-factors (fingerprints, facial recognition), knowledge factors (like a security question), and possession factors (such as sending a code to the users’ mobile by SMS which they will need to enter in order to gain access). Enabling MFA with two or more factors will assure that only authorized users will be able to access business applications, greatly improving security of critical company data. Furthermore, MFA can be configured and managed globally, stripping an incredible amount of redundancy.
Benefits of SSOSingle Sign-On can save your company a great deal of time and money, but there are many other measurable benefits:
- It can reduce help desk calls by up to 93%
- Reduces login errors
- Protects your vital data as well as the integrity of your applications
- Eliminates the ability for users to login on any account other than their own
- Strengthens security by restricting access
- Lowers the risk of malicious attacks
- Increases ease-of-use
- Provides meaningful reports and activity logs
How We Do It: The Technical Side of Single Sign-OnOnce we have determined which SSO product is right for you, we procure licensing, provision the environment, and integrate it with your G Suite or Office 365. Your business apps are then connected using SAML (security assertion markup language), which, in simple language, exchanges authentication data between security environments – in other words, between the SSO partner and the software or services provider. Network authentication is accomplished via a service like Cisco Meraki, which is a secure, HIPAA-compliant cloud architecture that has the ability to scale to more than a million users.
Which SSO solution is right for you?Okta and OneLogin are both industry-leaders in identity management, and each has their own set of benefits and drawbacks. They both have similar features and a growing list of app integrations. Both solutions have the following capabilities:
- Cloud-based environment
- Act as universal or canonical directory
- Provide user directory support
- Enable one-click user provisioning and deprovisioning
- Broadly capable in access policy administration
- Provide support for a voluminous list of SaaS and web apps
- Reduce in-house IT costs and support tickets
- Support your mobile and/or remote workforce
- Connect a wide range of popular mobile apps
Getting started with SSOIf you would like to learn more about how we deploy and manage Single Sign-On, which solution we recommend, or how it can help secure and optimize your business, simply reach out and we’ll make ourselves available. We provide no-cost initial consultations, and will guide you through the ins-and-outs of Single Sign-On best practices for businesses leveraging Apple technology.
Justin Wells is the CEO of Interlaced.io. Justin is passionate about hiring and empowering smart, dedicated, and customer-obsessed teammates to solve complex problems for Interlaced's partners. Prior to Interlaced, Justin built partnerships for Intuit, led a Startup, and spent more than 10 years as a Naval Aviator. Justin resides in San Diego.