When acquiring and/or deploying products and applications, most companies would strictly require the most stable and reliable source of security, especially for web applications. Security is now one of the most important components when it comes to the digital world. This is due to severe and wide-spread hacking and malicious attacks on the internet.
According to an article from the University of Maryland, ensuring and strengthening the security of IT resources, most especially web applications or cloud-based applications, is vital for organizations to avoid the threats of hacking and security attacks. One of the important points of the article is to avoid using less secured credentials.
“A Clark School study is one of the first to quantify the near-constant rate of hacker attacks of computers with Internet access—every 39 seconds on average—and the non-secure usernames and passwords we use that give attackers more chance of success.”
Adapting to these current IT challenges, many security providers, which specialize on the proper and safe management of credentials, have emerged in the market. They offer Single-Sign-On (SSO) solutions that provide users the capability to access registered web applications by just logging in once. In this way, security or credential breach is reduced. The more popular solutions include IBM Authentication Solutions, ForgeRock Identity Platform, Okta, and Microsoft Azure Active Directory.
Among these SSO solutions, Microsoft Azure Active Directory (MSAAD) has a wide range of features and capabilities in credential management and security. These features include simplified access to web applications using SSO; multiple options in managing authentication using conditional access and multi-factor authentication; easy and secure engagement with internal and external users as a single identity platform; and ease of identity integration with existing web applications using the Developer Tools.
Open iT Analysis Server, a SQL-based enterprise-grade software asset management reporting and analysis tool, supports the utilization of MSAAD for SSO authentication for both cloud and on-premise deployment. Simply register the Open iT Analysis Server application in the current MSAAD to create a bridge of authentication between the application and active directory. Furthermore, Open iT Analysis Server provides a script to automatically register applications to the specified MSAAD, which allows ease of configuration and registration.
With this feature, cloud-deployed Open iT Analysis Server authentication is safer since it is managed through MSAAD. This also lessens the need to input user credentials whenever the user accesses the web portal.