Catalyst supports single sign on (SSO) with SAML 2.0. SSO is an authentication process that allows a user to access multiple applications with one set of login credentials. SSO is a common procedure in enterprises, where a client accesses multiple resources connected to a local area network (LAN). SAML is a set of standards for providing secure communication much like ISO 22301 is a set of standards for providing a well managed Business Continuity Program.
Benefits of using single sign on include:
- No need to maintain passwords in Catalyst, your organization is able to manage password rules
- Immediate deactivation of Catalyst access when a user is removed from your central user store
- Simple user setup (just add users’ email address and mark them as SSO enabled)
Consider the recovery capabilities of any SSO directory you use – if your SSO directory is sitting in your primary data center, and then your primary data center goes down and you need your DR plans, your SSO users won’t be able to sign in and get them! However, you can keep some users with a username and password as a backup.
Because Catalyst supports the SAML standard, we can integrate SSO with a number of technologies:
- Active Directory (Using ADFS or the OneLogin AD Connector)
- Third Parties like Okta and OneLogin
- Any other SAML 2.0 enabled directories.