Single Sign On (SSO)

Sapphire’s Single Sign-On Solutions: Simplifying Cloud App Access and Enhancing Security

The proliferation of cloud applications in the modern working environment forces a confusing variety of credentials and logins on employees. This increases the risk of bad password hygiene and provides a barrier to entry for employees, preventing them from using services that could increase productivity.

Sapphire offers best-of-breed Single Sign-On (SSO) solutions designed to improve user experience by federating user identity across the enterprise, providing a single point of access management across multiple applications and systems. This removes complexity, improves UX, and ensures cyber security becomes a positive force in any enterprise.

Cloud App Credentials

SSO Simplifies Access

Enhanced User Experience

Cyber Security Improvement

Productivity Boost

Empowering: SSO (Single Sign On) is an example of security controls being deployed as a genuinely positive initiative to assist, rather than inhibit, users by improving UX.

Customisable: Enforce tailored policies across everything from web and mobile applications to AD and LDAP at a granular level to match security policies.

Reporting: Understand and report on access with detailed authentication logs in a business context from a central administration console.

Frequently Asked Questions about Single Sign-On

Single Sign-On, or SSO, is a method organisations use to enable an end user or different users to securely log in to different applications and websites using the same credentials.

Single Sign-On allows the end user to access different software connected to the application they log in to. An example is when a user logs in to a single SSO portal, authenticating once, and can access various cloud applications such as O365 and Salesforce without supplying additional credentials.

In addition to the increased benefits of user experience, SSO gives the organisation full and granular control over access rights for all users, which increases security posture, especially around user management.

When members of your organisation only require one set of login credentials to access applications, the authentication system allows the following benefits;

  • Improved productivity when they save time logging in to all web applications they need access to.
  • Reduced password fatigue. SSO services eliminate the need for employees to remember or store different passwords for different applications.
  • Improved cyber security for your business. When employees do not need separate authentication systems to access applications, you reduce the security risks of poor password storage.
  • Lower IT costs, as internal support on forgotten passwords and issuing password resets is reduced. In addition, the user management process for new starters, movers, and leavers is more efficient.

MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) uses several systems to authenticate a user, often needing an email address, password, PIN, or OTP, among other methods. On the other hand, SSO (Single Sign-On) uses all factors of Multi-Factor Authentication to authenticate initially to the SSO portal, adding an extra level of security to all assigned applications.

Ultimately, SSO simplifies the login process for users, reduces the risk of credential loss and increases security by leveraging MFA across all applications.