Not everyone is familiar about what ESSO really is or what it stands for. If you work in a business, there is a chance that you have heard about ESSO, but what does it really stand for? Breaking the acronym, it means Enterprise Single Sign-On. There are 3 types of single sign-on forms today which are intranet, extranet and Windows integrated. This is mostly implemented on security part of the business and that all business transactions are only shared among those that are involved with it, even down to the lowest ranking employee.
Windows integrated ESSO are the kind of services which enable users to connect with more than one application that is available within the network. This is only possible if everyone in the network utilises the same authentication mechanism. The services associated with this kind verify and make requests from your credentials after you have logged in the network. Users will use their credentials in order to determine the activities that the user can do based on their user rights. For example, if the applications being used integrate through Kerberos therein after the system has authenticated the user credentials, the user can then gain access to any of the resources available in the network that is integrated with the Kerberos. The Extranet Single Sign On are a kind of services that enables access to resources through the Internet using the user credentials of a single set. The user then offers the credential set to be used to log on to various web sites that are owned by different organisations.
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Another one is the Server-Based Intranet Single Sign-on. The services that fall under this enable the users to integrate various heterogenous systems and applications within the environment of the enterprise. These systems and applications may not be using common authentication. Each of the applications or systems may have its own user directory. The users within the enterprise enable them to connect in both back end and front end and at the same time only a single set of credential being used. In Windows integrated systems, it will enable both the Windows Initiated Single Sign-On and the Host Initiated type in order to access the resource from the domain of Windows. Added to this, the Password Synchronization will simplify the SSO database administration. It keeps the passwords in sync throughout other directories. Users can do this through the use of password synchro adapters, wherein users can manage and configure the using of the tools for Password Synchronization.
Lastly, the Enterprise Single Sign On offer the services that will transmit and store user credentials that are encrypted all over the local and the boundaries of the network. This also includes the boundaries of the domain. The SSO stores credentials within the Credential database. Since the SSO offer a genetic SSO solution, the custom adapters and middleware applications can be taken advantage of by the SSO in order to transmit and securely store the user credentials all over the environment. The end users should not have the need to remember different user credentials on ever varying applications.