Do you know how much money you are spending on help desk support team? You often receive hundreds of calls regarding “forget my password” requests. This is one of the most common problems big enterprises are facing today.
They have a database of thousands of customers, they have to manage credentials of every user, and lots more. Also, businesses have multiple websites these days that users have to access to complete any transaction. This further increases the number of credentials to manage.
In short, businesses are investing thousands of dollars in managing credentials, users database, investing money on resources etc.
So, anytime you reduce the password number, it will contribute in saving the business money. That’s is the main reason why single sign-on solution (SSO) is so useful.
The definition of SSO varies from person to person. For some, it means using the same login credentials for several applications managed by Directory Server Authentication. For some, it is a mean of authentication where one login generates a token that aware websites use to govern access.
For individuals and small businesses, a simplified form of DSA where the same user ID is served with several passwords could work as like SSO, but actually, it is a password manager. It is easy to maintain and control central point than hundreds of endpoints and applications.
SSO solution requires a centralized and authoritative directory with needed information. If you are going to consolidate identities across the enterprise, you will need matchup users identities.
Whenever a user tries to login a website that is protected with SSO solution, the authentication server sends a login request to the identity provider. Once the user validates his/her credentials, the identity server confirms the authentication and accept the login.
If the user tries to login the another application that is also protected with the same SSO solution, he doesn’t need to validate his account again. He will be automatically logged in to the system. The identity provider will recognize his identity and allow him to access all the services falls under SSO solution.
Because of the simplicity and easy to implement, the solution is becoming very popular among businesses who have multiple resources and applications.