Web application single sign-on (SSO) solutions are abundant in the enterprise today. Cloud applications are helping organizations work faster and more efficiently, so SSO vendors such as OneLogin® are helping to connect users to the rest of their infrastructure. As a result of SSO vendors’ growing popularity, many IT organizations are beginning to wonder if they can do more with their SSO solution. On a related note, one of the largest struggles of the modern IT environment is dealing with the challenges of Active Directory® (AD). It is clear a new solution is needed. Can a single sign-on platform do more than just provide access to web apps? Specifically, can you replace AD with OneLogin or some other SSO vendor?
The Rise of Application SSO Vendors
Applications have been in the cloud for a while now, but there are still new areas of IT infrastructure moving to the cloud. Servers, productivity platforms, file storage, and now even the directory is moving to the cloud. It makes sense that IT admins are trying to shift their setup completely to the cloud. The benefits and productivity the cloud offers are second to none. Unfortunately, most medium and large organizations still manage and maintain their identity management infrastructure on-prem. The core of most companies’ Identity and Access Management (IAM) approach is Microsoft® Active Directory, their on-prem identity provider.
IT admins have long been tied to AD because of the prevalence of Windows-based and on-prem infrastructure. Active Directory was designed to function in that environment, and for a while it thrived in the enterprise. But as we all know, things rarely stay the same for long in technology. One of the first IT resources to make the move away from the on-prem enterprise was applications. These cloud-based apps created a problem for AD because it couldn’t connect users to their web-based applications. This is how and when SSO vendors rose to prominence. By finding a way to connect AD identities to web applications, SSO vendors filled a big gap in AD’s capabilities.
Of course, the changes in the IT landscape didn’t (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/can-i-replace-ad-with-onelogin/