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Solution Path for Implementing Single Sign-On

Published: 11 August 2016

ID: G00308261

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy


Single sign-on is a core identity and access management capability for most organizations. This Solution Path provides a roadmap of critical scope, architecture and security decisions for identity professionals embarking on or revising SSO implementations to support new users or applications.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

Solution Path Diagram

Solution Path

  • Step 1.0: Review SSO and Federation Essentials
    • Agent- and Proxy-Based WAM
    • Identity Federation
  • Step 2.0: Identify Users and Requirements, Assess Current Capabilities, and Perform Gap Analysis
  • Step 3.0: Design an Initial Architecture to Support SSO
  • Step 4.0: Determine the Levels of AuthN and AuthZ Required for SSO
  • Step 5.0: Assess Other Requirements
    • Step 5.1: Microsoft Office 365
    • Step 5.2: API Access
  • Step 6.0: Refine the Architecture, and Iterate as Needed (Optional)
  • Step 7.0: Determine How to Fill Gaps — Identify Required Features, and Create Vendor Shortlists

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