Credit: ShutterstockCloud-based applications are such an essential part of business these days that many companies find themselves employing dozens of different software solutions, each with its own set of login credentials. This can present a problem when employees start forgetting their passwords and bombarding the help desk with requests. And it's more than just a nuisance; when credentials float around unsecured and unmonitored, it creates vulnerabilities in your network.
Single sign-on (SSO) solutions address these concerns by empowering administrators on the back end to control the authentication and access management process. By synchronizing with an existing active directory, SSO solutions can unify all of the credentials for websites and applications under one password for the user. At the same time, administrators can control security policies and plug vulnerabilities as they appear. It's a win for productivity and a win for security.
Editor's note: Looking for an SSO solution for your business? If you're looking for information to help you choose the one that's right for you, use the questionnaire below to be contacted by vendors with additional information:
Of course, partnering with another company to store so much sensitive data requires a great deal of trust, so you'll need to know the reputation of the vendors you're getting involved with. There are a few important things to keep an eye out for when shopping around.
- Does the system support multi-factor authentication?
- How much control do your administrators have over core processes, such as setting security policies?
- Will this SSO integrate with your existing directory types?
- Will users find this SSO intuitive and easy to learn?
- How much tech support can you expect if you partner with this company?
These are just some of the key questions we asked as we reviewed the top names in SSO today. After conducting our analysis, we recommend Okta Identity Management as the best solution for enterprise businesses. We chose Okta from a plethora of SSO companies. To understand how we chose Okta, you can find our methodology on our sister site Business News Daily's best picks page.