Put simply, SSO refers to an authentication system that allows users to access many different workplace apps through using a single strong password. The user identity is verified through an authentication token, ensuring that hackers who try to log in will not be able to access any of the apps even if they have the right credentials.
So why is it important?
Your employees are your greatest security risk.
Additionally, without SSO, workers will need to use custom passwords for each login—oftentimes, they’ll use the same password across multiple services, meaning that a hacker who’s obtained a password for one service will be able to use it to access all the services that employee uses. In fact, a 2018 study found that 25 percent of employees use the same password for every site they visit. And of those, 81 percent say that they don’t password protect their computers or phones at all.
SSOs help to protect your most important asset: your company knowledge. You’re likely already using cloud-based storage for your proprietary data including company R&D and client information. You can also use cloud-based tools for knowledge-sharing tools that help your teams collaborate, share code, and ask and answer questions remotely. With an SSO, no one can gain access to that information without proving that they have authorization.
With an SSO, you can ensure that your company knowledge is only available to those who truly need it, keeping your business’ best assets secure.