How Does SSO Work With G Suite™ Identities?

By Rajat Bhargava Posted October 28, 2015

For most businesses, it started with one application – maybe Salesforce.

But now, the average user accesses around 12 different password-protected systems daily at work. These mostly online applications have allowed staffs to do work better and faster, with more monitoring and streamlined workflows.

But what isn’t streamlined is logging in to all these apps.

That’s Where Single Sign-On Comes In

Single Sign-On (SSO) allows a user to access a multitude of applications or systems with just a single ID.

This can reap some serious benefits. When SSO was implemented at The John Hopkins Hospital in 2012, they estimated they saved 2,550 man-hours per month, about 5 minutes per user [IISIT]. In addition to saving time (and money) SSO can help prevent lost passwords and it reduces the risk of a successful password phishing attack.

Single Sign-On and G Suite™

Google has been leading the charge in the world of productivity apps. Google Apps for Work (now called G Suite™) is used by more than five million businesses. Thanks to Google’s spirit of collaboration with third parties – and with the help of API hooks – SSO is now available on G Suite.

SSO for G Suite works through a SAML-based SSO API that can either integrate with LDAP or another SSO system. The key is working with a third-party SSO provider.

Bitium is one such SSO provider. Users login once to the Bitium dashboard, from which they can click on any of the 6,000+ apps supported by Bitium.

How Do You Avoid Pitfalls when Integrating SSO with G Suite Identities?

We were lucky enough to gain the expertise of Bitium CTO Erik Gustavson in our recent ebook, The Modern Office. Gustavson explains how to unlock the potential of SSO for G Suite in two steps:

  1. Extend your Google ID to Cover Third Party Applications
  2. Encourage Employees to Access the ‘Right’ Applications

That may sound simple enough (and it is) but there are some small details that are important to get right. If you want to learn more, you can get ‘The Modern Office’ for free, by clicking right here.

Rajat Bhargava

Rajat Bhargava is co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud, the first Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS). JumpCloud securely connects and manages employees, their devices and IT applications. An MIT graduate with two decades of experience in industries including cloud, security, networking and IT, Rajat is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits including two IPOs, three trade sales and three companies still private.

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