classic | mobile
Follow us on:
Follow us on Facebook  Share via Twitter  Share via LinkedIn
 

Search...
Hi-Tech Security Solutions Business Directory


Why your cloud app should be SAML-enabled
April 2016, Cyber Security

For many companies, SSO (Single Sign-On) and MFA (Multifactor Authentication) have gone from being ‘nice extras’ to ‘must-haves’. If you haven’t already lost business because your application doesn’t support these features, chances are good that you soon will.

David Meyer, VP of product at OneLogin.
David Meyer, VP of product at OneLogin.

In many regulated industries such as healthcare and legal, identity management and SSO are mandated and other industries, such as high tech, that place a high value on efficiency and business integrity, simply won’t use a product that doesn’t support SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language).

Doug Meier, the director of security and compliance at Pandora says, “Identity management SSO is so crucial to Pandora that if a prospective cloud app vendor doesn’t have a SAML-connector for its SSO system – which happens about 30 percent of the time – the company will walk away.”

Other companies may not require SAML, but without a doubt, they sure would love to have the features SAML provides. One of the top feature requests for HipChat, with 2768 votes is SAML. Commenters are begging for SSO because the ease would increase app usage by employees, while others reveal they have given up the app after three years of unmet requests and have turned to a competitor.

Implementing SSO and MFA is time consuming

Getting it wrong can be disastrous: just like with any other crucial technology decision, choosing a solution that turns out to be difficult to maintain or doesn’t hold up over time can be a major setback in time and money.

Therefore, your focus should be on finding a solution that is hassle-free and long lasting. Managing federation with a slew of different providers or rolling your own MFA adds a significant amount of technical debt.

For early to mid-stage startups, simply rolling out SAML enables organisations using an identity management system such as OneLogin, to layer MFA before authentication happens via SAML, effectively increasing the security of your application, with no work on your part. Add a line like this to your FAQs: “We support multi-factor authentication through our cloud IAM partners,” and call it a day.

SAML is hassle-free and long lasting

SAML is easy because it doesn’t take a lot of time and money to implement. SAML is an XML-based, open-standard data format for exchanging authentication and authorisation data between parties, in particular, between an identity provider and a cloud application. It’s true that SAML used to be a huge and complex investment to enable. However, now you can enable SAML in as little as two hours. Learn how to enable SAML at www.onelogin.com/resources/saml-toolkits.

And SAML is safe because it is an industry standard that has been around since 2002 and is used by thousands of applications and all the leading IAM vendors. It isn’t going to disappear any time soon or be replaced by some new flavour-of-the-day that comes along.

Add value (that you can charge for)

By enabling SAML, you’re increasing the value of your app through all the benefits SAML provides: SSO, better usability, speed, and phishing prevention. You can enable SAML on your higher cost plans, such as an enterprise plan, and be reimbursed for the value you added.

Improve your application’s security profile

By using SAML to authenticate an identity instead of passing a username and password, it can decrease your vulnerability to several attacks:

• Completely eliminates the phishing attack vector. The user doesn’t even have a password that they could enter and they won’t ever see a login screen.

• Users often reuse passwords between sites. If another site is compromised and the passwords leaked, they won’t be able to be used on your application.

• Password resets can be used to compromise an application if a user’s email account has been hacked. With SSO there is no password to reset (and no users sending frustrated e-mails that they can’t login).

If your application is easy to use and automatically provisioned for employees, the likelihood that they will use it increases significantly. For many applications, the hassle of trying to remember the password or ask a co-worker to ‘add you to the account’ slows adoption.

Being an industry-standard not only makes SAML safe, but also improves your credibility – because when you follow the industry standard, you prove to potential customers that you know what you’re doing.

OneLogin offers free open-source SAML toolkits ( www.samltool.com) in five different web development platforms: .Net, Java, PHP, Python, and Ruby.


  Share via Twitter   Share via LinkedIn      

Further reading:

  • Arteco integration with Contact-ID
    September 2016, News, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Cyber Security
    Arteco has announced the integration of Arteco’s suite of video event management software (VEMS) with Contact-ID, an alarm protocol for intrusion, fire and building automation alarm systems.
  • The fourth Industrial Revolution
    September 2016, Industrial (Industry), Cyber Security, Integrated Solutions, IT infrastructure in security
    Industry 4.0 also opens up a number of new security concerns as a multitude of new connected sensors and devices are added to the corporate network.
  • Responding to a data breach
    August 2016, This Week's Editor's Pick, Cyber Security
    An immediate and effective response to a data breach improves a company’s ability to regain trust, rebuild and thrive.
  • Is it your turn now?
    August 2016, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Cyber Security
    The Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report sheds light on common patterns cyber criminals use when attacking organisations – the majority of attacks fit into only nine patterns.
  • New PCI access rules
    August 2016, Cyber Security, Security Services & Risk Management
    The PCI (Payment Card Industry) Security Council has extended its requirements for multi-factor authentication to anyone who has access to credit card data.
  • IndigoCube reseller of Outpost24
    August 2016, News, Cyber Security, Products
    Outpost24, a supplier of vulnerability management solutions, has named IndigoCube as exclusive reseller of its software in Africa.
  • RSA ups its identity game
    August 2016, Access Control & Identity Management, Cyber Security, IT infrastructure in security
    The new RSA SecurID Suite is an identity solution that combines the separate disciplines of access, governance, lifecycle and identity assurance, working together in harmony.
  • Securing access and identity in a virtualised environment
    August 2016, Cyber Security, Integrated Solutions
    Michael Horn, BU manager, security, CA Southern Africa, discusses the challenges of virtual environments and security.
  • Shortage in cyber security talent
    August 2016, Cyber Security
    New report by Intel Security and CSIS reveals that the shortage in cyber security skills has done direct and measurable damage to companies’ reputation and loss of proprietary data.
  • Six principles of resilience to manage digital security
    August 2016, Cyber Security, Security Services & Risk Management
    How can security professionals in South Africa protect their organisations when hackers beat two person authentication methods and highjacked authenticated sessions?
  • Calling for the cloud
    August 2016, Cyber Security, IT infrastructure in security
    Gartner predicts that by 2020, the stance against cloud technology will be as rare as the long-gone stance against the Internet, and adoption will be standard.
  • Who else is using your servers?
    July 2016, Cyber Security
    Kaspersky Lab exposes massive underground market selling over 70 000 hacked servers, with South Africa in the top 10.

 
 
         
Contact:
Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd
1st Floor, Stabilitas House
265 Kent Ave, Randburg, 2194
South Africa
Publications by Technews
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology
Electronic Buyers Guide (EBG)

Hi-Tech Security Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Business Directory (HSBD)

Motion Control in Southern Africa
Motion Control Buyers’ Guide (MCBG)

South African Instrumentation & Control
South African Instrumentation & Control Buyers’ Guide (IBG)
Other
Terms & conditions of use, including privacy policy
PAIA Manual
         
    Mobile | Classic

Copyright © Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.