What is SAML & How does it work?

What is SAML & How does it work?

What is SAML?

Security Markup Language or SAML for short has its primary role in online security. It is an open standard based upon Extensible Markup Language (XML) format. This protocol allows you to access multiple websites using a single set of credentials instead of a username and password for each site.

Authentication information is passed between two parties, the identity provider, or idP for short, and the web application.



How does SAML Work?

SAML was created to make it easier to authenticate on multiple sites with out the need for multiple sets of credentials for each website you need to login to. Before SAML, Single Sign On , or SSO, was achieved with the use of cookies that were only viable within the same domain.

With SAML web app’s can authenticate via an identity provider, which in turn grants users access to the platform. This approach means you have one username and password instead of multiple credentials, one for each site.

An additional benefit is that you have increased security to the platform. This means that you avoid storing weak or insecure passwords and eliminate the issue of forgotten passwords.

If you are interested in consolidating multiple platform logins to use SSO and a single set of credentials, reach out to us on [email protected] to book a free consultation.


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