If you're like most companies, you're looking to invest in cloud and mobile technologies. However, this transition to a "digital enterprise" can be difficult for security and access reasons. Passwords are still the leading cause of breaches in enterprise security and headaches for IT personnel.
A simple and elegant solution to this dilemma is enabling secure single sign-on (SSO) through federation. Rather than storing and forwarding many usernames and passwords, like most cloud-based SSO products, federation uses standard encrypted tokens to share the users' authentication status and identity attributes to facilitate access to applications. Federated SSO is a major step towards seamless access that supports your digital transformation.
You might be saying, "Why should our organization consider moving to secure federated SSO now?" Here's a snapshot of the top five reasons:
Lower IT costs
Did you know the average helpdesk password reset costs around $30 per employee? With federated SSO, you can reduce the annual volume of inbound password reset requests from your workforce and decrease staffing, resource requirements and administrative costs for your helpdesk.
Not only do employees reusing passwords or writing them down in obvious places increase your chance of a breach, but "zombie accounts" can also present problems for IT security and compliance. Federated SSO centralizes user access management so when a user is deactivated, access to all apps are deactivated.
Increased employee productivity
Federated SSO can reduce the amount of time employees spend on redundant sign-on attempts and helpdesk calls for forgotten passwords. And mobile and cloud SSO means your workforce has secure, instant access to the applications they need be productive from anywhere.
Better-leveraged mobile access
Mobile access is a key revenue and productivity opportunity. Federated SSO provides secure and seamless mobile access to business-critical applications and resources, anytime, anywhere, for employees as well as customers.
Improved user experience
Your employees, your partners and your customers all demand a great user experience. Federated SSO can provide a seamless and secure experience for all three. It can also improve customer engagement and loyalty by offering a tailored experience based on user identity.
Fewer passwords means less to remember, less time signing on and resetting and more time getting things done. A well implemented SSO strategy not only helps your organization improve security, increase productivity and decrease costs, but it can also meet increasing demands for mobile and better customer engagement.
If you're making the move to cloud and mobile solutions, secure federated SSO makes sense from an efficiency and security standpoint.