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11 December

“A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” - The SSO Advantage

This simple but meaningful English proverb echoes loudly in every thinking mind each time a concern that affects business productivity arises. “Patch up a hole today and live, never to regret that you did.”

As reported by IBM and Ponemon Ninth Annual Cost of Data Breach Study 2014, companies and institutions across the globe are losing millions of dollars due to various security breaches. It will definitely be an understatement for an institution’s management team to keep a blind eye to such an alarming business crises and not find a way to stitch that hole and save great losses.

Now you may ask, "How these defrauders get access to the institutions’ data information?" The obvious answer is simple. With the many usernames and passwords that employees employ to get access to IT system to facilitate their workflow, the more the security breaches occur because usernames and passwords can easily pass hands from one employee to another and thereby getting to the wrong persons.

But before you freak out, there is good news for fast mitigation to secure business data and ensure continuous work and keep the defrauders at a distance.

It’s the Single Sign-On (SSO) Solution!

Single sign-on (SSO) is a session/user authentication process that permits a user to enter one name and password in order to access multiple applications. The process authenticates the user for all the applications they have been given rights to and eliminates further prompts when they switch applications during a particular session. Ultimately, its primal benefit is to create an improved user experience.

Moreover, security is improved through SSO because users are relieved of the multiple password burdens. Let's face it, users hate complex passwords; SSO makes that pain more palatable by reducing the number of complicated passwords they have to remember.

The immediate advantages of Single Sign-On (SSO) cannot be overemphasized. To quip,

  1. It affords an unlimited experience for the end user: The user has unlimited access to various IT services without being interrupted with queries for credential identification and specification over and over again. SSO effectively joins these individual services into portals and removes the service boundaries, thereby utilizing a comprehensive Healthcare Information System (HIS).
  2. An Intact Security System is maintained: The users’ information is directly facilitated by the central SSO server making it impossible for these sensitive data to be easily cached by the service, thereby limiting the possibility of phishing.
  3. Increase productivity: Due to the reduction in time taken by users in signing on to the individual IT application, productivity increases, and the outcome becomes visible and easily attainable.
  4. Enhanced security: Security is efficiently improved through the enhanced ability of IT system administrators to maintain the integrity of user account configuration including the ability to inhibit or remove an individual users’ access to all system resources in a coordinated and consistent manner.

In as much as security breaches causes institutions to lose millions of their hard earned profits  to defrauders - for health care providers, the risk becomes even more complicated as they stand the chance of losing sensitive patient health information that can result to lawsuits and loss of patients seeking medical care.

With Single Sign-on (SSO), the need to frequently use the usernames and passwords to access clinical and administrative applications is eliminated and workflow is streamlined to mere concentration on patient healthcare delivery as password is relegated to central management.

It is very apparent that the risk posed by passwords for the IT administrator is enormous - and as such, the days of passwords are numbered. If there is one notable industry that should take extremely precocious measures to maintain constant workflow because of its sensitive nature, that industry is nonetheless the health care industry.

With the explosion of IT healthcare systems that has made healthcare delivery easier and efficient, nothing should stand a chance for a compromise. A stitch in time with Single Sign-on (SSO) Solution will definitely make all the difference to bridge the security gaps that passwords have created.