SAML is a standard that facilitates the exchange of security information. Developed by OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), SAML is an XML-based framework. SAML enables different organizations (with different security domains) to securely exchange authentication and authorization information.
ESCO, a billion-dollar manufacturing company, while moving up to Office 365 needed to secure data once in the cloud. While already having a SecureAuth installation, ESCO felt SecureAuth was the best fit to address user experience, performance, as well as security of data. Providing a single sign-on process with mobile app functionality, SecureAuth is preventing the misuse of stolen credentials.
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In recent years, Office 365 has become one of the leading cloud-based business applications. In fact, recent numbers show there are over 60 million commercial users of Office 365 and Microsoft are adding roughly 50,000 small businesses to the offering each month. With this high adoption, it is no wonder why it has become one of the most requested applications for Single Sign-On (SSO), edging out the predominate SaaS offering, Salesforce.
One of the largest challenges that organizations face when implementing multi-factor authentication is user adoption. Balancing user experience against security has always been a difficult task and seems to be getting harder every day for security organizations around the globe. One of the largest hits to multi-factor adoption has been against SMS (AKA Text Message) delivery of One-Time Passcodes.
Running SecureAuth IdP multi-factor authentication (MFA) with Okta is seamless and easily implemented. Okta has the ability to act as a service provider for an external IdP and can consume users from active directory if required via Just-in-time (JIT) provisioning. Okta provides an SP init saml for its main authentication page.