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97% of SaaS Vendors Backing SAML-based Single Sign-on

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97% of SaaS Vendors Backing SAML-based Single Sign-on RSA Conference 2014 – OneLogin, the innovator in enterprise identity management, and the Cloud Security Alliance today announced findings from their OneLogin 2014 State of SaaS Identity Management survey, which was conducted to better understand the maturity of SaaS vendors in their implementation of identity management solutions, security standards and assurance certifications. An accompanying infographic to this study is available at http://onelogin.com/programs/identity-management/. Most notably, the survey results point to the widespread adoption of SAML standards by SaaS vendors for single sign-on identity management, in response to customer demands for fast, simple and secure employee, customer and partner access to applications in their environments.

By eliminating all passwords and instead using digital signatures for authentication and authorization of data access, SAML has become the Gold Standard for single sign-on into cloud applications. SAML-enabled SaaS applications are easier and quicker to user provision in complex enterprise environments, are more secure and help simplify identity management across large and diverse user communities. 100 participants completed the OneLogin 2014 State of SaaS Identity Management survey. Key findings include:

  • SAML is Identity Management Standard of Choice – 67 percent of the SaaS vendors surveyed use SAML today for single sign-on identity management, while 19 percent said they planned to implement SAML within the next 12 months. Only 3 percent had no plans to implement the standard.
  • Customer Demand, Security and Speed Drive SAML Adoption – 26 percent of survey respondents cited demand from existing customers as the primary driver behind their SAML adoption, 21 percent cited improved security and compliance, and nearly 22 percent cited quick integration into cloud application ecosystems.
  • SAML Adoption Not Limited to the Web Browser – 37 percent of the SaaS vendors surveyed leverage SAML on mobile versions of their apps, and 25 percent use SAML for desktop applications not including a web browser.

“As enterprises adopt more and more cloud-based applications, they need to be able to provision and deprovision both apps and users fast enough to keep up with business requirements, while maintaining tight security and compliance through identity management,” said Jim Reavis, CEO of the Cloud Security Alliance. “Our survey with OneLogin has revealed that SAML is quickly gaining momentum as the standard of choice for SaaS vendors looking to meet their customers' demands for applications already architected for quick, easy provisioning and secure single sign-on.”

OneLogin is a longtime supporter of the SAML standard. Its cloud-based solution for single sign-on and enterprise identity management is pre-integrated via SAML with more than 350 enterprise applications, including Dropbox, EMC Syncplicity, Google Apps, NetSuite, Office 365, Salesforce, Workday and Zendesk. In addition, more than 150 SaaS vendors, including Dropbox, have used OneLogin's free open source SAML Toolkits to SAML-enable their apps.

“Customer demand was one of the drivers behind our adoption of SAML,” said Ari Friedland, Head of Business Development and Partnerships for Dropbox for Business. “We partnered with OneLogin to offer SAML-based single sign-on for Dropbox for Business customers of all sizes, across the world. OneLogin's tools for Active Directory authentication, as well as their SAML toolkits, great documentation and outstanding support team are a key enabler for the adoption of Dropbox for Business.”

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