Single Sign-On, or SSO for short, is becoming increasingly important as businesses now have larger pools of applications, the work force is becoming more globalized, and employees are working from remote locations. But what is SSO? Single Sign-On (SSO) is an authentication method that enables users to securely authenticate with multiple applications and websites by using just one set of credentials. A notable example user are likely familiar with is Google. With just one Gmail login, users can automatically gain access to YouTube, GoogleDrive, and other G Suite applications. Similarly, once a user is logged into Gmail and they visit a website that utilizes Google as a third-party authenticator, they will be granted access to that website without having to provide separate credentials.
1. Reduce Cost and Time
Users are prone to forgetting login information, and thus inhibiting their work. If they cannot login, they will need to call for help from IT support. This not only wastes time that the user can be working but it will also waste time of the IT department. In fact, Gartner estimates that 20-50% of all help desk calls are for password resets. You may think that making calls for password resets should not cost anything, but Forrester has calculated the cost of a single password reset to be $70. If you have a SSO strategy in place, this can reduce that wasted time for calls on password resets and save money.
2. Improve Security
SSO improves your security by reducing the number of passwords your users must manage. In addition, the password that your user will make will need to be strong and in compliance with your SSO strategy. This will make it easier for your company to secure against cybercrime. Deploying SSO strategies also leads to increased security via Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
3. Reduce Risk of Attack
One of the many ways companies get hacked are through fishing attempts or data breaches. This can happen with a poorly made password by users. By enabling SSO, you reduce number of ways cybercriminals can attack your password system.
4. Enhance user Experience
By providing a single credential to login in with, users will no longer have to face the frustration of incorrect login attempts or having to manage multiple passwords. Utilizing SSO, your users, customers, employees, or partners can seamlessly move across all your applications with ease.
5. Support compliances with software or companies
Many products do not come from just one large enterprise but rather between the enterprise and its partner companies. Being able to connect with these partners and software seamlessly should be a breeze for the IT department and not a headache. With SSO, businesses can centralize the management of authentication and enable users to login once and then instantly gain access to all participating partners’ shared applications. With this type of collaboration, businesses can significantly reduce production down time and deliver products quickly.
By improving security and reducing the risk of attacks, SSO will make life much easier for your company. The increased production and user experience will make it so your company will be at peak performance. Finally, being able to securely connect with partner applications and meet industry compliances will also improve your company’s performance.
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