What is Single Sign-On (SSO)?

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What is Single Sign-On (SSO)?

Single Sign-On (SSO) is an authentication method that enables users to access multiple applications and websites using a single set of login credentials. It streamlines the authentication process by combining multiple application login screens into one, allowing users to enter their credentials only once to access all their applications.

How can SSO improve security and password management?

SSO can enhance security and simplify password management by allowing users to access applications on-premises and in the cloud with a single set of credentials. It also provides frictionless access to applications or services for business-to-consumer (B2C) or customer identity access management (CIAM) scenarios, such as authentication through popular social identity providers.

What are the disadvantages of SSO?

Some disadvantages of SSO include not addressing specific security levels required by each application sign-on, potential lockouts if availability is lost to apps that only allow SSO, and increased risk if unauthorized users gain access, as they could access multiple applications. Additionally, SSO systems that authenticate users across different domains must securely manage tokens and credentials across potentially insecure networks.

How does SSO work with authentication tokens?

SSO works by creating an authentication token when a user signs in to a service with their SSO login. This token is stored in the user's browser or the SSO solution's central authentication service (CAS) server. When a user accesses another app or website, the SSO service checks the token to confirm the user's identity and grant access without requiring them to log in again.

How does SSO integrate with data governance lineage and platforms like Secoda?

SSO integration plays a crucial role in data governance lineage and platforms like Secoda. After successful SSO authentication, a JWT token is generated for users to validate their session and authorize server requests. This streamlined authentication process enhances security and user experience while accessing data governance tools and resources, ensuring seamless collaboration and efficient data management across multiple applications.

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