Web Access Management and Single Sign-On

Contributed by Ronnie Dale Huggins

In the “old days” of computing, a user would sit down at his or her workstation, login to the desktop, login to their email system, perhaps pull up a thick client or two, login to those as well, and maybe access a couple of internal web pages, and again, login to those. Now take into account that all of these systems are likely handled by different support groups, so the user has to not only remember user IDs for all of these applications, they need to remember the password associated with these systems. All of these security silos eventually become an administrative nightmare and result in a decreased user experience. Costs associated with helpdesk calls for password resets also increase.

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