17 September 2020

Safety Week: Single Sign-On

What It Is, How to Use It and Why You Need It.

 

A Single Sign-On (SSO) service is a convenient way to keep your data more secured and make your work easier. No more signing into multiple sites with lengthy verification process - switch to a time-saving solution that allows you to quickly access the tool you need.

Safety in construction is a topic we should keep revising as often as possible, improving procedures in our company, updating ourselves on new solutions and making sure to use proper technology that supports those procedures. But safety itself is not only about work onsite and employee’s wellbeing. For a construction company in the modern world, there’s something equally important: security. It protects the data, but also your workers, and it allows the whole company to stay under control. Security in a construction company is a broad topic; today, we want to take a look at the important part of it - SSO.

SSO: What Is It?

Single Sign-On (SSO) is a session and user authentication service that allows you and your employees to use one set of login credentials (f.ex. One login and a password) to log in to multiple sites, applications, tools. Thanks to it, the website you’re trying to access relies on a trusted third party to verify your identity. What does it mean for you? No more signing into every tool you have to use, no more remembering tons of passwords and logins or losing them. Simple, one, login - and you can work with ease.

How Does It Work?

Usually, when you are trying to sign in into any website or app, you are faced with a sign-in screen. You have to put your credentials there, wait for it to analyse it, save and then let you in. And you have to repeat it EVERY TIME with every newly opened site. Using Single Sign-On, the process is much simpler and shorter:

You open the desired website. You are presented with options for authentication via a third party (can be Google, Facebook and so on). You can chose the provider and log in with it (f.ex. Log in to your Google account).

After you hit the “log in” button, the provider (f.ex.Google) analyses your data (login, password) to identify you. Then it authenticates you and sends a token (information) back to your desired website.

The desired website get info back and automatically logs you in (no lengthy sign-in process required). From now on you can open any page without having to sign in again on every site.

Why Do You Need It?

Two factors: time and security. Single Sing-On allows you to quickly access new websites without having to go through a lengthy verification process. Your data is already confirmed by your provider (who verified it before - when you created your first account on Gmail for example). So based on that information, a new app will automatically let you in. It saves a ton of time, especially when you are a bigger company - imagine how much time you employees waste on those not relevant actions! It’s not only a waste of time, but it also impacts your workes productivity. The second factor, security, is equally important. With the use of Single Sign-On, you are not storing all your personal information in multiple places - you can use one, trusted provider. It’s less likely to become a victim of a hacker attack or leaked data using modern technologies like that (especially when they work in a cloud-based infrastructure). It’s here, to make your life easier, your job quicker and your data safer.


There are many construction management solutions to choose from nowadays, but the important thing is to make sure a selected software fits your company’s needs. An out-of-the-box tool may not mirror your structure well enough and will not provide you with enough support. Whenever it’s possible, try to choose a tailored solution that can be mold into your company and fits it like a glove. SSO is a useful tool, but it still needs to be decided on after a thorough analysis to make sure it’s the right choice for your teams.

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