Now that organizations are moving to the cloud, customers expect seamless access from anywhere. Remember, usernames and passwords are the primary targets of threat actors. Each time a user logs in to a new application, it is an opportunity for cybercriminals. Reducing login to one set of credentials improves enterprise security. But, how? In this article at CSO Online, Josh Fruhlinger explains how single sign-on enhances security and the user experience.
What is SSO?
SSO is an enterprise user authentication tool that enables users to log in to and access multiple applications, data, and websites using just one set of credentials (username and password). It eliminates the hassle of remembering complex usernames and passwords for different services. “Implemented correctly, SSO can be great for productivity, IT monitoring and management, and security control,” says Fruhlinger. Furthermore, the IT team can enable and disable user access to multiple systems, apps, platforms, and other resources.
Advantages of SSO
Increases IT Productivity
With SSO, IT teams can:
- Reduce support calls: Users with just one password to access all their apps will not often require the IT team’s assistance.
- Mitigate security risks: Users can utilize their SSO login credentials on any device without risking security.
- Enhances user experience: Users can cut down on multiple login URLs or password resets. Thus, users can save on time.
Boosts Security Capabilities
As users need only one password to access multiple applications, they are more likely to create a strong password. Additionally, they are less likely to note it down. This helps in reducing the risks of password theft.
Reduces Password Fatigue
The IT team often insists that users set a unique password for every application to prevent the cyberattack. As a result, an average user must remember dozens of passwords for personal and office use. This often leads to ‘password fatigue.’ If customers or users have a hard time signing in, they will leave your site or app before security professionals help them set new passwords.
To learn more about SSO and its benefits, click on https://www.csoonline.com/article/2115776/sso-explained-how-single-sign-on-improves-security-and-the-user-experience.html.