Beyond Basic Single Sign-On: Office 365 and Identity & Access Management (IAM)

Single Sign-On  (SSO) and Identity and Access Management (IAM)…what exactly do all these big scary security related terms have to do with Office 365? Can they really make Office 365 better or do they add just another layer of complexity to an already complex world?

Although SSO and IAM may be confusing at first, they are extremely important tools for increasing security and creating an efficient environment for your employees to work in.

SSO with Office 365

At its most basic, an SSO solution enables the right people to access the right resources for the right reasons at the right time. With SSO, you log into one portal and gain access to an entire ecosystem of other programs (web applications) that normally would require their own individual login.

Azure Active Directory provides SSO for Office 365

As it currently stands, Office 365 utilizes Azure Active Directory authentication to interact with your on-premises Active Directory and your security token server (STS) to provide your users with federated access to their Office 365 cloud apps and only up to 10 other cloud apps (more available with premium accounts). So users sign in to their computers and they automatically get access to Office 365.

Using this federated account system with Office 365 also makes updating passwords easy, as users only have to update their Active Directory login credentials once. And this SSO solution also works with 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) to provide an added level of security.

But what if you need more than just SSO capabilities?  What if you want to control what users do within their cloud apps?  And what if you need to track that activity and perform audits? Then you need Intermedia AppID® Enterprise.

Go Beyond SSO™ with Intermedia AppID Enterprise

Many SSO solutions exist, but Intermedia AppID Enterprise rises above the rest due to a number of advanced features (link to page for third box) baked directly into the heart of the application.