Gartner Research

How to Achieve Single Sign-On With Mobile Devices

Published: 26 March 2013

ID: G00245982

Analyst(s): Trent Henry


Users demand a good experience from their mobile devices, and SSO is the authentication holy grail. But unifying authentication among cloud, enterprise and native applications requires comparing an alphabet soup of approaches: OAuth, OpenID Connect, PKI, VPN, WAM and many others.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Selection Factors


  • Drivers and Background for Mobile SSO
    • Modes of Mobile Device Authentication
    • Types of Users and the User Experience
  • Technical Challenges for Vendors and Enterprises
  • Current Options for Mobile SSO
    • Reuse Existing On-Premises Identity Infrastructure
    • Make Use of On-Premises Application Runtime or Security Infrastructure
    • Bake Authentication Directly Into Homegrown Applications
    • Manage the User Workstation Experience
    • Employ Consumer Password Management Approaches
  • Blending Approaches
  • Adaptive Access Control as Part of the Architecture
  • Mobile Device Management Dovetailing With SSO
  • Market Trends
  • Customer Perspectives
  • Be Mindful of the Importance of Authentication to the Device
  • Include Adaptive Access Control in the Solution
  • If You "Build It Yourself," Be RESTful
  • Place "Best Bets" for Future-Proofing the SSO Investment

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