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The Growth of Single Sign-On

Published: Feb 24, 2021

What is Single Sign On?

Single Sign On (SSO) is an authentication system that allows clients to centrally manage all users and their access to internal and 3rd party systems through one portal via a single sign on. For example, implementing SSO technology enables NEI clients and their relocating employee to access the NEI Global Gateway through one set of credentials as they sign on to their company website. It eliminates the need for additional passwords and decreases the risk of unauthorized access.

When you access a website using SSO technology, the website can trust you are you because the SSO system validates your identity.  

Security is Paramount

NEI offers three security options for clients who want to streamline admittance to our Global Gateway or have elevated security requirements when accessing third-party systems.

For clients who:

  • Have SSO capabilities, NEI offers a technology option to eliminate the hassle of keeping track of multiple passwords and provide access to NEI Global Gateway users directly from our clients’ networks.
  • Require a second form of identity to access third party systems, NEI also offers a two-factor authentication solution. 
  • Require more strict controls for employees who need to enter third party systems, NEI can restrict access based on IP Address Restrictions by limiting the employees’ access to computers physically located at a worksite. 

SSO can lessen security risks surrounding client and user data, improve the client and relocating employee user experience, and streamline log in processes.

Key SSO Benefits to Clients and Relocating Employees

It’s Secure and Reduces Risk.

It is common for people who have to manage multiple log-in credentials to create passwords that are easy to remember and often too similar to one other. This poses an ever-present threat to protection.

It’s Faster and Easier.

SSO makes it easier to access the programs and data one needs by removing the extra step of logging in and out of separate applications, making the sign-in process quick and easy while reducing the need for password resets. The third-party centralized authenticator confirms the user’s identity automatically as they move from page to page and site to site. 

It's Efficient.

SSO increases productivity and user satisfaction overall with only one log-in to remember, eliminating the need to remember additional passwords or writing down passwords – which is never a good practice.

How Does SSO Work?

SSO simplifies the process of login and authentication. Consider the steps that makes NEI’s SSO security protocols work:

  1. Instead of logging onto NEI’s website with an NEI supplied username and password, the user selects, “Log-in with my work credentials”.
  2. The website authenticates the user’s identity with the company’s SSO provider.
  3. No matter which portal is selected to login, SSO orchestrates the connection to all available portals:
    • If they are already logged on to their company’s system, their identity is automatically verified with the NEI’s website and they can access the NEI Global Gateway.
    • If they are NOT already logged on, they are prompted to logon to the company’s system before access to NEI’s Global Gateway is allowed.

Improving Efficiencies, Security and the Employee Experience

NEI is excited about our SSO security technology and the benefits it brings to all parties. It is one of the best tools in which companies can invest to improve data compliance, reduce security threats, and improve the access experience in the already busy lives of its employees.

If you would like to discuss SSO or two-factor authentication further, or have questions, please reach out to your NEI representative or Greg Keith, NEI Senior Vice President, Information Technology Services.

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