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Single Sign-on

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What is Single Sign-on?

Single sign-on (SSO) allows users to sign on to all their applications and services with one set of credentials. It gives employees and customers secure, one-click access from anywhere, on any device, and it reduces the number of separate accounts and passwords they need to manage.


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SSO Benefits You and Your Users


Better User Experience

Give your users seamless access to their SaaS, mobile, cloud and enterprise apps with one set of credentials. Employees can be more productive, and customers get a frictionless experience.


Stronger Security

Reduce the number of passwords in use across your business—a highly targeted attack vector—as well as risky user practices like password reuse.


Lower IT Costs

With fewer passwords for users to remember, you can reduce the number of password reset calls to your helpdesk and spend less time and money on user administration.

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How Single Sign-on Works

SSO is made possible by a centralized authentication service that all apps (even third-party) can use to confirm a user’s identity. Identity standards like SAML, OAuth and OpenID Connect allow for encrypted tokens to be transmitted securely between the server and the apps to indicate that a user has already been authenticated and has permission to access the additional apps.

Any User. Any App.

One Authentication Authority.

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Organizations want user identification and single sign-on performed in a secure, controlled and centralized manner across their diverse set of devices, networks, domains and platforms. This improves security and user convenience while lowering costs. An authentication authority serves as the single mechanism through which user identities are confirmed within an organization. To achieve this, enterprises must rely on a solution that can support all use cases and identity types, including those with high levels of complexity, risk and user assurance.

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Choose Your Identity Provider

Some enterprises choose to store their user identities in popular cloud platforms like Azure AD, and they want to authenticate their users on those platforms as well. You need an extremely versatile federation solution that’s designed to work with any identity provider (IdP) and easily accepts SAML or OpenID Connect tokens for SSO into SaaS and homegrown applications. Out-of-the-box integrations are another way to help you connect to your existing identity infrastructure to make sure all users can benefit from SSO.

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Fast and Simple SSO Integrations

Enterprises have to support many applications that their employees and customers use, such as a third-party customer loyalty app, SharePoint and Office 365. There are also web servers like Apache and Java, MDM solutions like AirWatch and MobileIron and legacy IAM providers that need to be considered. Providing SSO to all of these applications can be made simpler with out-of-the-box integrations. And you’ll have SSO access to your applications in hours or days, not weeks or months—even those hard-to-integrate internal applications.

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Self-Service Identity

You already know that identity and access management (IAM) is a valuable business driver for your enterprise. But enabling self-service application integration for your business application teams allows resource-constrained IAM teams to do even more with less. A central operating portal for all IAM services delivers speed and agility to admins across your enterprise through self-service on-boarding of applications and consumption of centralized identity services.

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SSO Built on Open Standards

Open standards are the basis for identity federation solutions to ensure a secure, future-proofed identity architecture that stands the test of time. They’re also critical to enabling interoperability between unique identity systems, web resources, organizations and vendors. Choosing an SSO solution with support for modern identity standards, from SAML and OpenID Connect for web and mobile SSO, to WS-Federation and WS-Trust for Windows environments, will help you meet the requirements for a wide range of identity use cases and diverse user populations.


Cable Company Gives Customers Superior Entertainment Experience


The company wanted to expand its product offerings and improve personalization to grow its subscriptions. They needed to migrate their identity management services from a third-party provider to an in-house, centralized solution that could support single sign-on (SSO) and social login, as well as new mobile, multi-device TV services.



With the Ping Identity solution in place, customers experienced SSO and social login for fast, seamless authentication. The company can now speed new services to market and provide a personalized customer experience—all while reducing costs. High-volume scalability enables rapid access to shows, movies and live streams on multiple devices for millions of customers.

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