What is Single Sign-On?

Single sign-on (SSO) is an authentication process that allows a user to access multiple applications with one set of login credentials regardless of the applications' platform, technology or the domain being used. With the increase in the number of websites and services requiring authentication to access their features and content, centralized authentication services have become a necessity, especially among large enterprises. Among some of the benefits of implementing SSO is its ability to effectively handle user authentication as a part of Federated Identity Systems, where the identity of a user is established and authenticated via SSO, and shared with other applications that request it. This is made possible via industry standard protocols such as SAML to facilitate the exchange of user authentication and authorization of data across secure domains. 

Based upon a session and user authentication service that permits users to use a single user ID and password to gain access to multiple, interconnected applications without the need to maintain different login credentials, it helps log user activities, monitor user accounts and minimizes the need for support related to password recovery.

Single Sign-On offers great benefits in the form of reduced Help Desk costs, improved productivity, customer satisfaction, and compliance and security capabilities. However, it is important to carefully review and implement SSO using industry best practices and standard protocols in order to address any risks associated with enterprise security, identity loss, and malicious access attempts. Enterprise or cloud based applications can strengthen and address these concerns by using a host of Identity Governance and MultiFactor Authentication solutions. 

Authentication is the process of verifying a user's identity. As an example, when you log in to your computer or a VIDIZMO Portal with a user name and password you are authenticating.

Authorization is the process of verifying that a user has access to a resource such as a channel or a specific media, or permission to perform an operation such as uploading media, viewing a report etc.  

Single Sign-On In VIDIZMO

VIDIZMO supports industry standard implementations of SSO that works with widely used Corporate Authentication services such as Directory and Federation Services, Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, as well as 3rd Party Login services using industry standard protocols as outlined below. Note that using these options only enables federated login (Authentication) with your VIDIZMO Portal, while Authorization is still handled in VIDIZMO Application. 

Directory/Federation Services:

  • Active Directory (AD)
  • Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD)
  • Azure Access Control Service (ACS)
  • Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) 2.0 / 3.0
  • Other Directory Services that support LDAP

Identity & Access Management (IAM) Services: 

3rd Party Login:

VIDIZMO also supports login from the following 3rd Party Login service providers:

  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Yahoo!
  • Windows Live

Supported Protocols:

  • LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol)
  • SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language)  1.0 / 2.0 (SAMLP)
  • WS-Trust, WS-Federation

VIDIZMO ID Connector

The use of Identity Federation Services or IAM solutions is increasing across enterprises in order to address their federated authentication needs. However, many organizations only rely on their directory services such as Active Directory for authentication and expect service providers to integrate directly in order to implement Single Sign On with their applications. VIDIZMO ID Connector is a web-based application that works with your Enterprise Directory Services such as Active Directory and provides federated authentication to users using their domain credentials to access VIDIZMO Portal via LDAP protocol. In short, it acts as a federation service tailored specifically for use with VIDIZMO, with the ability to synchronize, authenticate as well as authorize users.

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