Gartner Research

Resolving Mobile Device Challenges to Single Sign-On

Published: 20 September 2013

ID: G00247868

Analyst(s): John Girard, Dionisio Zumerle , Gregg Kreizman


Achieving SSO for mobile users remains problematic for IAM leaders and app developers. However, a set of practices is being followed to cope, market offerings are evolving to solve the problem, and a helpful standard is emerging.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Organizations are providing SSO for native mobile apps using their own custom solutions, or they are using vendor solutions that create potential for lock-in.
    • Custom Approaches
    • WAM and Service-Oriented Architecture Security/API Gateways
    • Mobile Device Management or Mobile Application Management
    • Apple iOS 7 SSO Features
  • Third-party mobile apps are designed to work with the vendors' servers and services, and are unlikely to interoperate with enterprise access infrastructures.
  • Enterprises often adopt low-assurance practices to provide improved user convenience in the absence of usable mobile SSO solutions

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