security · Single Sign On · Technology

Basic Single Sign-On Requirements

Complex passwords and long authentication processes are tough on users. Since most of the online systems demand separate usernames and passwords in order to complete the authentication, users end up with dozens of passwords to remember. That directly leads to productivity drain.

The web single sign-on solution, in short, WSSO is a way of authenticating multiple resources of the same business and is one of the ways to help users from the complex situation. The solution saves users from the explosion of passwords.

In this article, we will cover some of the most required and must have features of SSO.

It should reduce friction in end users experience: The solution must ensure that a user can move from one service to another service of the same kind without having to authenticate uniquely. The solution should also offer quick authentication.

It should extend trust beyond the perimeter: With the use of federated digital identity, single sign-on can grow outside the perimeter of a business by exporting trust among other businesses.

It should be secure: Whenever we talk about SSO solution, the first question comes in our mind is how secure it is? If someone manages to crack the password, he/she can able to access all the websites belong to us.

Make sure that the solution must follow the standard protocols like SAML, OAuth etc. Because if it fails in delivering security it is of no use.

Should fulfill authentication definition and policies: Before going for a solution, make sure it fulfills all the policies and enforcement terms defined by the Information and Technology Council.

These are some of the important factors that you need to inspect first before implementing the single sign-on solution. If you want to add more or have any suggestion or questions, let me know in the comment section below.

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