What is the difference between SSO and SAML?

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Chief Information Officer in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Security Assertion Mark-up Language (SAML) is an authentication standard that allows for federated identity management and can support single sign-on (SSO). SSO is an authentication scheme that allows a user to log in with a single ID and password to any independent or federated software systems. In most use cases, SAML is used to provide SSO capabilities across independent systems.
Chief Information Officer in Healthcare and Biotech, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
SAML a programme language, SSO a more generic term and usually involves an agent/client install and a form of “screen-scraping” after learning the login sequence, emulating an end user.
Director, Security Operations in Telecommunication, 501 - 1,000 employees
In line with the other, earlier comments - two entirely different things, one is a programming language used to support federation, IDAM and SSO and SSO, Single SIgn On is a generic term or label for various tech solutions which allow for an organization to provide a single set of credentials to a user for access to multiple systems.
Sr. Director, Head of Global MCM IT in Manufacturing, 10,001+ employees
Programming language vs ability to do single sign on for SSO
VP of IT Operations in Software, 501 - 1,000 employees
At a 10,000 foot view these are used interchangably-- BUT they are different. SAML is a specific program language, whereas SSO is more generically used to refer to a wide set of tools that unify logins across multiple systems
Director of IT in Services (non-Government), 11 - 50 employees
Both can be used for web SSO, however I cannot tell which one is better.
CTO in Software, 11 - 50 employees
SAML is the underlying specification/standard that covers Identity Managment, Federation, and Single-Sign-On (SSO). SSO can also be enabled via OAuth.OAuth2
Global CIO in Consumer Goods, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
SAML is an authentication standard that allows passing of key security credential details.  SSO is an identification system/process  that allows users to access applications.
Chief Information Officer in Manufacturing, 10,001+ employees
SAML is the simplest sense is a security web programming language and SSO is is a security tool used to validate a users identity
Head of Corp IT in Software, 201 - 500 employees
SSO is a subset of SAML.  SAML (Security Assertion Mark-up Language) is an umbrella standard that covers federation, identity management and single sign-on (SSO).

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