How much do you concern about the security of your home? I know you have spy cameras to keep an eye on burglars. You are also concerned about all the passwords and credentials you have. Am I right? Yes, of course, who does not want to keep his private data secure. But what you are doing as a business to manage your customer’s data safe and secure? If you still don’t have any plan, then you are at right place. Here I am going to explain how will you add an additional layer of security to keep your user’s data secure with single sign-on or Web SSO method.
What is single sign-on?
SSO is a method that allows you to access multiple websites of a business using only one set of password and username. You do not need to login each time to access different resources or websites that are deployed with the SSO solution.
But how the solution provides security?
As I stated earlier, SSO reduces the number of passwords to one. Now, if a user has only one password, definitely he creates a hard one to crack. A strong combination of alphabets, numbers and special symbols are very hard to crack by the hackers, this improves security. The solution is completely based on SAML that is security assertion and markup language. SAML completely follows the XML standard that provides user web authentication and authorization data across safe and secure domains. Whenever a user tries to authenticate himself to a website then an authentication request is sent to identity provider by the local service provider for verification. Once the verification is completed, then only the user is allowed to access the SSO deployed web services. This makes the whole web authentication process highly secure.
Although the single sign-on method adds an additional layer of security but every coin has two faces. Here, if a hacker manages to get your credentials then he can access all of the services that belong to you. Therefore, in order to avoid malicious web login, it is advisable to implement SSO solution that is coupled with identity governance. Businesses can also use two-factor or multifactor authentication with SSO to improve security.