Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is an XML-based open standard that eliminates the need for multiple application-specific usernames and passwords. It does this by facilitating the secure exchange of authentication and authorization data between applications. SAML is one of the most widely used standards to provide users with secure, one-click access to multiple cloud applications via single sign-on (SSO). All major cloud applications support SAML, including Office 365, G Suite, Salesforce, Dropbox, and ServiceNow.
ADSelfService Plus supports SSO for all SAML 2.0-enabled cloud applications.
SAML authentication requires three entities:
In some cases, the IdP itself will store the identity information of the user and use it for authentication. In other cases, it uses another identity infrastructure for authentication. ADSelfService Plus facilitates user authentication by using Active Directory identities.
To configure SAML-based SSO, the IdP and the SP need to establish trust between each other. Establishing trust typically involves configuring the SP with the SSO login URL, SSO logout URL, and X.509 certificate given by the IdP as well as configuring the IdP with the a few unique attributes that are specific to the SP. Once trust is established, the SP will delegate authentication responsibilities to the IdP.
To initiate SAML SSO in ADSelfService Plus, users can begin with either the SP or the IdP. That means SAML SSO works regardless of whether users try logging in to their cloud app first, or ADSelfService Plus to start.
ADSelfService Plus supports both IdP-initiated and SP-initiated SAML SSO flows for most cloud applications in its app catalog.
Improved security: SAML authentication doesn't involve passwords. Only digitally-signed SAML requests and responses are transmitted between the SP and ADSelfService Plus. Since there's no passwords involved, it helps reduce password-related threats.
Supported by thousands of cloud apps: Almost all modern cloud apps support SAML. You can easily enable SSO for multiple apps using ADSelfService Plus.
One-click access: SAML improves user experience by eliminating the need to log in multiple times in a work day just to access different apps.
Reduced burden on IT: With SAML SSO enabled, IT admins won't have to worry about password-related help desk calls or managing identities across multiple services.
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