Gartner Research

Integrating Password Management Software in Your Enterprise’s SSO

Published: 02 July 2019

ID: G00387649

Analyst(s): David Chase


Users struggle to create and remember strong passwords, and many applications have yet to implement federation protocols. Security and risk management technical professionals tasked with implementing SSO should utilize password management software to strengthen user credentials and improve security.

Table Of Contents


  • Security Posture Improvements
    • Strong Password Generation
    • Passwords Are Securely Stored
    • Password Monitoring
    • User Security Hygiene
    • Credentials Are Accessible Across Devices and Browsers
    • Strong Authentication
  • Zero-Knowledge Encryption
  • Integration With IAM Products
  • Password Management Software Deployment
  • Credential Sharing
  • Metrics and Reports
  • Policies
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Choose Federation When Possible
  • Prioritize User Experience
  • Choose Password Management Software With Dark Web Monitoring
  • Dump Your Browser’s Password Manager
  • Implement Strong Authentication on the Password Management Software
  • Use PAM for PAM
  • Integrate PM Solutions With IGA
    • Clean Up Accounts
  • Protect Devices
  • Avoid Sharing Devices
  • Don’t Build Your Own

The Details

  • How Password Management Software Submits Credentials
    • HTML Forms
    • Mobile Applications
  • Understanding Password Strength
  • How Punycode Attacks Work

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