Single sign-on in the MapsIndoors CMS

Did you know that the average person has around 100 passwords and 90 online accounts? Looking at these numbers it is no wonder why easy-to-remember passwords remain a priority for many users and compete with the need for strong, complex passwords to enhance security.

To make life easier for all of our MapsIndoors customers, the MapsIndoors CMS has now been updated with a brand new single sign-on page. This means that it is now possible to access the CMS through a third-party identity provider such as Okta, Auth0, Active Directory Federation Service, Amazon Cognito, Google Cloud Platform, and Azure Active Directory along with both cloud-based as well as self-managed sites, as long as they follow the required standards of OIDC or OAuth 2.0. In addition, we have also added the possibility of single sign-on to our web app, so you can control who has access if needed.

So what about security? Single sign-on does not decrease security. In fact, it can potentially increase security, because it makes it easier for you to create, remember, and regularly change strong and complex passwords.

Single sign-on (SSO) is a session and user authentication service that permits a user to use one set of login credentials -- for example, a name and password -- to access multiple applications. In a basic web SSO service, an agent module on the application server retrieves the specific authentication credentials for an individual user from a dedicated SSO policy server, while authenticating the user against a user repository. The service authenticates the end user for all the applications the user has been given rights to and eliminates future password prompts for individual applications during the same session.

So, if your passwords need a summer cleaning, go ahead and change them to something not-easy-to-remember-or-hack, because now you no longer need to remember a specific password to control, manage, and update your floor plans.