With the rapid increase in digitization, the need for data security and confidentiality has become more pivotal than ever, in shaping the outlook of business performance. Single Sign-On (SSO) solution powered via radio frequency identification (RFID) enables the users to use a single credential (stored in an RFID card) to access multiple systems, applications, and servers, without the hassle of remembering multiple passwords.
The architecture of SSO via RFID
SSO’s technical solution is multi-faceted with RFID architecture forming the foundation. Essentially, employees are issued the RFID tags/cards, which store the relevant credentials alongside the authorization level, and an RFID reader is attached to multiple computers, systems, and servers. One just has to swipe the card on any of the media to access the requisite resources, without entering the usernames and passwords again and again.
SSO is primarily a session and user authentication service, that allows the user to use one set of login credentials for multiple systems and applications. SSO is federated identity management (FIM), using the “O-Auth” framework for logging in the third-party applications without revealing the password. Enterprise-level SSOs are password managers with client and server components that log the user on the target applications by replaying user credentials.
Why use SSO via RFID
The biggest USP of the SSO framework is the sheer convenience it provides to the users, as they are saved from the hassle of remembering the countless credentials. It certainly boosts their productivity while streamlining the login process for multiple systems and servers. Additionally, SSO can really add a significant value to the security of the enterprise’s data as each employee can automatically access the data and applications for which they are authorized, and access is denied to all other sensitive records; these permissions can be managed down to the file level, thus providing a lot of flexibility to the system administrator. More so, it makes the tracking of user activity very convenient as real-time stats regarding access, and volume usage can be collected to rationalize the time and efforts for the best possible use of limited resources.
Use-Cases of SSO via RFID
On an individual level, many third-party apps e.g., HubSpot, Salesforce give users the option to log in via Facebook, Google, or Apple; this is the perfect example for Single Sign-On, although it does not involve the use of RFID. Many enterprises, including small businesses as well as multinational corporations (MNCs), are employing the SSO solution owing to the associated benefits, complemented with the enhanced cybersecurity. IBM, for example, offers the enterprise-grade Security Access Manager with Single Sign-On that can be employed for user authentication in both personal and shared workstations. Similarly, NXP Semiconductors N.V., a NASDAQ-listed global enterprise, offers a great variety of RFID cards, with a special focus on user authorization and access management which the enterprises can rely upon for building their SSO architecture and policies.
SSO via RFID has revolutionized the way enterprises used to perform user authentication, authorization, and credential management. It certainly provides error-free identification and flexible configurations based upon the user requirements. It also can maintain the data records for user sessions with reference to a particular work station, application and system location, etc. to optimize the resources. Not only can SSO improve employee’s productivity but also plays a crucial role in safeguarding the intellectual property of the businesses, thus forming an important constituent of business growth and sustainability.