If you haven’t noticed yet, browsing the web in 2017 basically requires you to have multiple accounts with usernames and passwords. For my fellow Chrome users, you may forget that you are already signed into your account as soon as you open the browser unless of course, you sign out of your account every single session. Realistically who does that though? I personally love already being signed into Chrome, Gmail, and YouTube automatically. On top of having to log into the browser itself, we then have to log into Twitter, Reddit, email provider, your favorite place to buy clothes, Amazon, eBay, any news page with a paywall, Hulu, etc. This list could go on for days. The point is it appears every webpage you like to browse requires an account to be made. With these accounts, come usernames and passwords. That is exactly why there is a need for cybersecurity.
CyberSecurity Access Control with Single Sign-on
At the entry point level, cybersecurity looks like this: a simple lock on the door if you will. This can be most basically referred to as Access Control which I wrote about in a previous blog. After opening the lock to one of your favorite sites, it may be dictated you use a second form of authentication to let you in. To keep the analogy flowing let’s say after this locked door there’s a retina scanner you need to pass through. Once the scanner looks into your eye, you can finally order those shoes or whatever you’re into. This second layer of security is referred to as Two-Factor Authentication and I wrote about it right here! The main point being is that you have A LOT of things you need to remember to just browse the web casually.
Now imagine all the web applications you need to know the logins for as a college student (Top Education Portals). How about as an employee who needs to log into 11 different services a day just to do their job? Well, if you clicked on the previous link you would know the answer is Single Sign-on (SSO)! What a wonderful concept, as my fellow writer Christopher Perry laid out in this post, SSO is just like the one main door in a medieval fortress. With one entry point as opposed to 11 different ones, SSO improves efficiency, decreases the memory needed in your mental space for passwords, and most importantly provides only one, very secure, entrance. It is the most vulnerable point to be attacked, but at the same time it can and should be by far the most protected point.
SSO saves time! Time is very valuable for any corporation, student, or human being looking to make the most out of their time. As we know, time means money/costs. SSO also saves you the incredible hassle of remembering countless complicated passwords, and from receiving 7 different SMS messages with numeric codes to type in. Additionally, SSO makes the workflow much less difficult by allowing you to be signed in to everything you need to use for the duration you’re working by just logging into one page. How amazing! The best part may be that SSO still holds up as far as access control as far as cybersecurity goes, as it is heavily protected against those who wish to do wrong because security is the primary driver.