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Revisiting single sign-on: a pragmatic approach in a new context

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1 Author(s)
Volchkov, A. ; IT Dept., Pictet, Geneva, Switzerland

Single sign-on is a solution that lets users authenticate themselves once and access different applications without reauthentication. SSO assists users through all the procedures required to access heterogeneous applications. Using applications becomes easier, technical-assistance costs go down, and security improves. However, getting the most of the solution requires understanding related domains such as central user administration, the enterprise directory, and Web single sign-on. SSO is a moving target in a changing context. Many new devices, applications, and authentication methods are on the horizon, and although the general issue remains relatively simple and clearly defined, the solution's integration in an IT environment can become complicated. For these reasons, I draw attention to some of the main problems related to SSO initiatives and discuss the SSO strategy at Pictet, a private Swiss bank

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IT Professional  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 1 )