Most security leaders think of single sign-on (SSO) as a way to improve user experience. But SSO also plays a critical role in delivering security for data and applications.
Eighty-one percent of confirmed data breaches studied in the 2017 Verizon Data Breach report involved weak, default or stolen passwords. Yet the average enterprise employee struggles to manage 15 to 30 passwords. Not surprisingly, users frequently choose easy-to-guess passwords and store them in places where they can be easily stolen.
SSO replaces multiple usernames and passwords with one set of corporate credentials to access resources securely, ultimately decreasing the chance of a security breach. But not all SSO solutions are created equal. This guide explores key capabilities an SSO solution should deliver to create an authentication authority that maximizes security across complex environments that include legacy on-premises, cloud-based and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications.