Single sign-on (SSO) allows a user to access multiple apps with only one set of login credentials. It provides both organizations and individuals with a simple way of managing their usernames and passwords.
At Assertiv, we specialise in Identity Access Management (IAM). We provide a simple, secure and flexible IAM platform to small and medium businesses. And single sign-on is one of its many great features.
In this article, we’ll be sharing how SSO can benefit your business.
Improved User Experience
As a growing amount of organizations migrate their operations to the Cloud, an increasing number of apps are used in the workplace. With each app requiring its own set of credentials, logging in can be time-consuming. Additionally, remembering several sets of credentials can be a challenge for employees.
SSO unifies the process of logging in. This improves the user experience, making it far quicker and simpler. Assertiv uses SSO to provide your employees with one-click access to all their required apps with only one set of credentials.
Boosted Employee Productivity
Employees generally need to switch between many apps every hour. By eliminating the need for separate logins for each of these apps, organizations can save a lot of time and money.
There is no doubt that SSO has a positive effect on employee productivity. This is mostly due to the time it saves by providing seamless access. With password related issues and frustrations reduced, employees have more time to focus on and complete their work.
Getting a new employee set up on all the apps they need for their job is a lengthy process. SSO not only simplifies this process but eliminates it. It means the new employee requires one set of logins to access a portal that has everything they need in one place.
Similarly, if someone leaves your organisation, only a single user account needs deactivating.
Reduced IT Costs
Manual password resetting is an inefficient practice for your employees and IT help desk. Research conducted by Gartner revealed that up to 50% of all IT tickets raised are concerning passwords.
SSO means your employees only need one password to access their apps. And if they forget that password, IAM platforms like Assertiv’s allow for them to reset their passwords. This eliminates the need for the IT department to get involved. As a result, their valuable time gets freed up for more pressing matters.
Increased Security and Compliance
Each time an employee signs into an application is a hacker’s opportunity to attack. SSO reduces these opportunities significantly, requiring one login only.
Single sign-on also allows for better password management. When employees need many passwords, it’s seldom that you’ll find they are all unique, strong passwords. As well as this, how they store them is often far less than what is needed for optimal digital security.
When you use an IAM solution like Assertiv, that integrates SSO, you have ultimate user control. Assertiv provides a central directory where full control of user access, at a granular level, is available. This allows for the provision of access permissions to employees based on roles.
In terms of compliance, SSO helps organizations show that appropriate methods are in place to meet data access requirements.
Whilst SSO has many benefits, failure to implement it well can pose security risks. As it only requires one set of credentials to access all an employee’s resources, a hacker could access them all too, if these credentials were compromised.
To protect your organization from digital security breaches, it is important to pair SSO with identity and access management. Assertiv makes use of SSO, backed up with multi-factor authentication. This provides that extra layer of security. Would you like to take your organization’s digital security to new heights? Register for a free Assertiv account today to see how we can help you.