On the go: single sign-on to your mobile

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Mobile computing represents a significant part of every sector. From retail and banking to healthcare and education, “mobility” is so prevalent that it has become difficult to imagine a work environment absent of smartphones, tablets and social media. Over the past five years enhanced security has grown just as aggressively to become a crucial part of any mobile strategy. At the forefront of this enhanced security push in mobility is single sign-on technology, something that is becoming an absolute necessity with so many devices needing to connect to a network.

In many ways the benefits of mobility and single sign-on are similar in many organizations:

  • Both mobility and password manager simplifies the user navigation between otherwise siloed networks.
  • Both increase the overall productivity of staff and customers.
  • Both mobility and password manager improves access to new tools, services and products.

In short, both of these technologies help those business people that are “on the go” do their work faster and more efficiently.

These technologies appear to be evolving to include Single sign-on applications within mobile platforms. And that’s a natural pairing. single sign-on is already in many ways essential in any app that uses synching technology. The capabilities for example, that you get with the Google Maps app increases exponentially once you log-into your general Google app.

Likewise, the ability to extend the mobility features of iOS to their fullest relies on an Single sign-on your iTunes account. Without performing this step, you can’t backup your data, share images or make purchases on any of your iOS mobile devices.

Within organizations, single sign-on in mobility is becoming a huge part of the IT Service Management platform. Using Single sign-on within some companies in the oil and gas sector, for example, you can get access to not only corporate functions like your telephone book and email, but also access to information like best practices for unconventional and conventional drilling data. Pretty soon you’ll even be able to access operational technology, such as volume or valve reporting, all thanks to Single sign-on.

This integration between mobility and single sign-on will only be bolstered by the two-factor single sign-on authentication already available in services like Yubico or Duo. Another natural integration point between single sign-on and mobility is in the access to single sign-on services in Android apps and iPhone App environments.

Putting It All Together

Mobility is a powerful tool in every industry and in most companies and, single sign-on technology is becoming a strong cornerstone of security within mobility. It has become difficult to imagine a work environment, from in retail to banking to healthcare and education, where smartphones, tablets and social media don’t play major components of the sector environment.

Over the past five years enhanced security has grown just as aggressively to become a crucial part of any mobile strategy. In the next five years enhanced security changes in mobility will focus more on single sign-on technology, something that is becoming an absolute necessity with so many devices connecting to any network in any sector.

This Blog was brought to you by Hypersocket and its CEO, Lee David Painter. With over 20 years of industry experience as a pioneer in IT Security, Lee developed the world’s first OpenSource browser-based SSL VPN (SSL-Explorer). Today Lee runs Hypersocket, a leader in virtual private network technology.
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