Within the enterprise space, there currently exists the need for fast and secure movement across separate, secure digital platforms. That solution comes in the form of a federated identity—a type of access that is receiving ground-swell support on the government level.
A federated identity is a single user identification that can grant individual access to restricted websites and databases. It is used for authentication and authorization purposes and employs the use of a single sign on (SSO) to prevent users from having to log in and verify their identity every time they reach a security checkpoint.
At the government level, the need for this type of verification exists both internally and externally. For instance, an enterprise such as the FBI uses SSO to ensure easy access within its own system. Yet, on occasion, the FBI will also have to access the database of another government enterprise such as the Department of Justice. In this case, a federated identity can grant an agent the ability to enter seamlessly. It is important to note that there are authorization checks to keep agents from abusing this power.
While SSO practices have existed at the enterprise level for quite some time, federated identities are a relatively new endeavor that can strongly benefit all parties involved. Just like the government uses federated identities to move back and forth between private, restricted sectors, there is the same need at the enterprise level. Now that cloud technology is expanding and third-party applications are becoming a mainstay, employees need a quick way of shuttling back and forth without having to pause each time for authorization purposes.
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