SAML or Security Assertion Markup Language is a crucial XML-based protocol in the realm of Identity and Access Management (IAM). It facilitates the secure exchange of authentication and authorization data between the service provider or SP (which can be the application or resource that users need to access) and the identity provider or IDP (which verifies the identity and authority level of the user). The ultimate goal of SAML is to enable this process called Single Sign-On (SSO) which empowers users to access multiple applications with a single set of credentials.
SAML 2.0 is the improved version of the original SAML, which has increased flexibility, enhanced security, and support for federation and all these things have made it the de facto standard for implementing Single Sign-On (SSO) and secure identity solutions like Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). When it comes to SAML SSO or MFA, the SAML 2.0 protocol is popularly used. Most legacy applications are used in on-premise environments, and even modern application hosted on the cloud supports SAML authentication.
The Single Sign-On process uses standard protocols like SAML, OAuth, JWT, etc., to establish communication between SP and the IDP in order to exchange authentication and authorization data. SAML SSO means that SAML protocol is employed to communicate with the SP, and this process of SSO authentication using SAML protocol is also known as SAML Authentication.
When you implement SAML SSO into your SAML Apps (applications supporting SAML authentication), you have the option to further secure the authentication process by adding an extra layer of security by implementing SAML MFA. This means that the user is required to fulfill two authentication factors to gain access, where the first factor requires user credentials and the second factor requires something more than traditional user credentials like OTP or Pass Code over Email/SMS, Push Notification on mobile devices, etc. This 2FA process ensures enhanced security from the risk of credential theft.
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In the case of SAML SSO, the user can access multiple apps by logging in once against a central authentication source. When SAML MFA is also enabled along with SAML SSO, then users are prompted with a second authentication factor or 2FA challenge. miniOrange offers 15+ secure MFA/2FA methods to choose from, including what you know (security question), what you have (hardware token or push notification), and what you are (biometric data).
First, the user enters their primary credentials (username & password), which miniOrange verifies against the user store or database where the user information is stored. Then miniOrange prompts the user to fulfill the 2FA challenge as configured by the admin. Once, both authentication factors are verified, miniOrange gives a confirmation to the application and then the user is granted access. Hence, users can access multiple apps with a single set of credentials and further the process is secured by MFA security.
Empower your users with hassle-free access to multiple SAML applications using their existing Active Directory (AD) or Azure AD credentials. miniOrange solution ensures secure login access for your users, with AD or Azure AD serving as the Identity Provider (IDP) and your SAML applications as Service Providers (SP). Enjoy the benefits of centralized user information in Azure AD, simplifying identity management with SAML Integration, and enabling SSO and MFA for your users.Go to Setup Guide
The miniOrange SSO & MFA solution can also integrate applications supporting other protocols than SAML by translating SAML into other protocols, like OAuth, JWT, OIDC, etc., and vice versa. Hereby facilitating seamless communication between different applications and your IDP (like AD or Azure AD or other third-party IDPs). There are also custom connectors for apps which does not support any standard protocols.
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