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Centralized user authentication
The increased use of cloud computing, mobile applications and social media, as well as increased security requirements, are creating an ever greater need for single sign-on solutions. The multitude of identities and passwords are still the most widespread method of user authentication and are increasingly causing increased security risks and generating costs in companies.
The risks associated with the use of passwords lead to both direct financial losses due to the theft of confidential information, for example, through hacker attacks/cybercrime, and to reduced efficiency in the work of frontline employees and IT service providers.
What is Single Sign-On
Single Sign-On (SSO) means “single sign-on” and describes the process by which you can access different applications, services, or resources through a single authentication process. You need only one login record, not multiple accounts and passwords. For this purpose, SSO assigns you an overall identity that can be used for multiple services at the same time. Moreover, the system also owns all your credentials and confirms them for connected services and applications.
How Single Sign-On works
The user calls up an application or website.
The service provider (of the application or website) sends a token to the identity service to authenticate the user.
The identity service checks whether the user has already been authenticated
a. If yes, the procedure continues with step 4.
b. If no, the user will be prompted to enter their credentials (username, passwords, etc.).
The identity provider validates the credentials and sends a token to the service provider via the browser to confirm authentication.
The service provider validates the token using a certificate (the certificate must be configured once initially).
If the token is successfully validated, the user is granted access to the application or website.
Types of Single Sign-On
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With a portal solution, you log in to a portal in which various applications, services and processes are integrated. When you log in, your identity is verified once and you are then granted access to all content, functions and resources.
With local solutions, the access data and passwords are stored in a central location and encrypted with a single user name and a so-called "meta password".
The ticket system is an SSO solution that consists of a network of services that are known to each other. You log in once and receive a virtual ticket. You use this to identify yourself to the other participants. The system then certifies you as "trustworthy" and releases you for the other participants.
Application examples SSO
The following examples illustrate how helpful single sign-on can be:
An employee logs into his company email account in the morning with his email address and password. For the rest of the day, he can access all his applications without re-entering a password: Intranet, sales data, IT help desk and his time sheet.
A bank customer logs on to his bank to view his account balance. He can then seamlessly switch to the mortgage application, check his credit rating and inform customer service about an upcoming trip. On the back end, each of these services is a separate application, but the customer never has to provide another password.
A retailer works with an extensive network of supply chain and distribution partners. After a one-time login to the application dock, these partners receive direct access from this central location to all applications and services that the retailer has enabled for their use - without any further login processes.
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