As Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) becomes one of the most fertile grounds pertaining to identity and access management, many admins want to find the best web application single sign-on (SSO) options for their organizations. Of course, with SSO’s influx of popularity, a flood of vendors have entered the space, making deciding among them a tough task. There are many choices to sift through, so let’s talk about the best single sign-on solutions in 2019.
Before we talk about the best SSO solutions of 2019, however, let’s talk about single sign-on as a whole. SSO is mainly used to connect on-prem identity providers (i.e. Microsoft® Active Directory®) to web-based applications, such as popular Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions like Slack, Github, Salesforce, and thousands of others. As such, many of these modern SSO solutions are similarly delivered “as-a-Service” from the cloud. Their location helps facilitate on-prem solutions like Active Directory (AD), which struggle to propagate their identities to the cloud.
Evaluating SSO Solutions
The best SSO solutions provide a way to authenticate on-prem identities across as many web applications as possible, often using SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) as the means to do so. IT admins commonly agree that the best SSO solutions should also be able to enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) access to these SAML-based applications. Given the efficacy of MFA for identity security, it makes sense that IT organizations are looking for SSO solutions that provide MFA as well.
Many of the options in today’s SSO market are capable of these requirements. Oftentimes, the few variations between each of the market’s offerings are the extensivity of their SAML connector base or differences in how their MFA capabilities operate.
There is, however, an unfortunate commonality among the majority of these SSO solutions: they are more or less add-ons to legacy, on-prem identity providers (IdP). They are all reliant upon a single source of truth for authenticating, and without one, the usability of these SSO solutions wanes dramatically.
Beyond that, they comprise only a small portion of identity management. IT admins still have to worry about resources like systems, on-prem apps, networks, infrastructure, and more outside of web applications. It makes “single sign-on” seem like a bit of a misnomer, huh?
The Best SSO Solution: True Single Sign-On™
In summary, the best SSO solution would actually not be just an additional web app SSO solution clambering for dominance in the IDaaS space. Rather, the best SSO solution would be a True Single Sign-On™ solution which enables an end user to log in to just about every IT resource that they need through one set of credentials.
For IT admins, True SSO means that they can control and manage access to virtually all IT resources from one identity management platform. That platform is JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®.
True SSO with JumpCloud
JumpCloud is the first cloud directory service. It is a next-generation IdP that provides SSO on top of user/system/network management and much more. IT admins using JumpCloud can manage access to virtually any IT resources, regardless of their platform, provider, protocol, or location. No matter which resources they use, end users only need to leverage a single set of tightly secured credentials to access them all.
JumpCloud has a wide list of SSO SAML connectors that’s growing constantly. IT organizations can opt to use JumpCloud to enable MFA across their apps as well. JumpCloud MFA applies to JumpCloud-controlled systems, VPN connections using RADIUS, and the JumpCloud User Portal, which connects users to web applications and other infrastructure.
Learn More about True SSO
If you are interested in True SSO and what JumpCloud provides to an organization, please contact us. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.
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