In any organization working with confidential data, it is a foregone conclusion about the data being secure and the even employees need to authenticate themselves, to access the data. While this seems to be in perfect harmony with the current security standards, it however feels tedious for the employees providing their credentials every single time to access data.
The middle ground, can be achieved by using Enterprise Single Sign On(SSO). SSO covers the best of both worlds, ensuring data security while improving the ease of data access, for the users.
Before we can delve deep into Single Sign On(SSO), here are the disadvantages of not using one:
First and foremost, each user needs to remember the passcode created in accordance with the organizational security standards. However, all of us at some point of time have forgot the passcode, primarily because it was made to complex, to adhere to the security compliance. Additionally, employees are forced to change their passcodes periodically, which makes remembrance a bigger issue.
Another disadvantage is the password fatigue experienced by employees, which is the need to remember multiple user name/passcode combinations to access several different services.
This is the outcome of the previous two disadvantages, with IT administrators inundated with tickets on a frequent basis, requesting the passcodes to be reset.
Users are forced to re-enter their passcodes every time, even if accessing the same service.
All of the above disadvantages can be overcome by using Single Sign On(SSO). We'll see what are the other benefits of using a Single Sign On(SSO):
MDM supports Single Sign On using Kerberos, a network authentication protocol which secures the passcodes by encrypting them using DES(Data Encryption Standard).
So, any apps and/or internal websites supporting Kerberos authentication in your organization can support Single Sign On(SSO).
Improving on the ease and security of Single Sign On, is the No Sign On or Zero Sign On method, whereby the employees needn't enter their passcode even once to access services. This can be achieved if the authentication is certificate-based. MDM supports Certificate-based authentication(CBA) using Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol(SCEP)