Enhanced SSO login method for campus applications

This year IT Services enhanced the access method for logging into all UA Little Rock applications by implementing Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Single sign-on (SSO). SSO is an authentication method that allows users to sign in using one set of credentials to multiple independent software systems. Using SSO means a user does not have to sign in to every application they use. With SSO, users can access all needed applications without being required to authenticate using different credentials. For a brief introduction, see Azure Active Directory Single sign-on.

Key benefits of using Azure AD SSO:

  • Boosts user productivity
  • Speeds up user provisioning
  • Increases application security
  • Scales IT efficiencies
  • Simplifies custom application integration
  • Secures hybrid access

In addition, for increased system security, Multi Factor Authentication (or MFA) has been implemented with Single Sign-On.

Key benefits of MFA:

  • Provides greater security than passwords alone
  • Protects users from credentials theft
  • Helps secure data access from unauthorized users
  • Provides a simplified user interface

The need for Azure Active Directory Single sign-on began as a requirement for implementing Workday and was expanded to include all applications in the UA Little Rock IT environment.

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