Cloud computing, social media and mobile devices have all had a dramatic effect on the way we work. Users now want fast and secure access to all their business applications – anytime, anywhere and from any device — be it a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
End-users are accustomed to having “anytime, anywhere” access to the Internet from their any of their devices at home. They now also expect the same experience and ease-of-use in the office – including enjoying the benefits of single sign-on (SSO).
When employees work from home with their PC, tablet or smartphone – which might be a personal resource or a corporate one – the use of the SSO technology becomes difficult or impossible as they may not have the same access as a machine actually connected to domain or corporate network, since the user is not authenticated in the Active Directory.
To make SSO available, this information — passwords and configuration — must arrive at the “home device” and there must be software on the device, which can process this information and log in automatically to SaaS applications.
WebSSO technology offers these capabilities
For end users
End users can easily experience the benefits of SSO on the device of their choice. All they need to do is access their employer’s web portal address, which then allows them to launch cloud applications with a simple click. The portal also houses an enterprise single sign-on solution, which will recognize their device and automatically provision the matching SSO App. Once the correct app has been installed on the employee’s device, they will then be automatically logged into a cloud application.
This is an ideal solution for teleworkers or employees who infrequently log in to the company network, such as in-home care providers. It allows them to no longer waste time on various login procedures to the numerous applications requited for them to perform their work. Additionally, since they no longer have to remember countless combinations of usernames and passwords, their satisfaction and productivity will rise.
For the IT departments
Since WebSSO allows employees to no longer need to remember various credentials, this reduces the risk of them resorting to jotting down passwords on sticky notes, or using weak passwords. The result is enhanced network security.
An additional benefit is that end users do not have to install software on their “home” device to deploy WebSSO, and no complicated installation procedures are involved. The WebSSO app simply installs itself on the device. Credentials and configuration data are stored securely within the company network, and employees have to authenticate themselves using their company account before they can use SSO.
How does WebSSO work?
When end users download the WebSSO app from regular app stores, such as the iOS App Store, Windows Marketplace and Android Market/Google Play or the company’s web portal, configuration data for various login screens and passwords are stored on the employee’s device in an encrypted form.
Once the app has been installed and users launch their browser, the WebSSO app will set up a secure connection with the SSO service running on the company network. The SSO service will then match the credentials the user has entered in the WebSSO App against the Active Directory. If correct, the configuration data and passwords are retrieved from the enterprise single sign on manager database and returned to the user’s device.