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Tools4ever’s E-SSOM (www.tools4ever.com) is an easy-to-deploy solution for reducing the number of required logon credentials from many to one. This product provides the ability to define which applications can be single-sign on (SSO) enabled and what users are able to utilize SSO for those applications.

 

The software comes pre-loaded with dozens of definitions for the most commonly utilized applications and provides an intuitive, wizard-based template for creating new definitions. The use of card readers or biometric devices can ease the burden of remembering credentials even further while providing an additional layer of security.

 

In Use

A small client side application is pushed out to the desktops and allows end user to enroll their credentials for authorized applications. The first time a user logs into an application or website, they are presented with a screen to enter their username and password.

Going forward, any time they launch the application or visit a password protected website, the E-SSOM application automatically provides the appropriate credentials. Should an application require a new password after a defined time period, E-SSOM can automatically provide the new password or prompt the user for one.

If card readers are utilized, a user simply swipes the card, enters an optional PIN, and are automatically logged into the computer and all appropriate applications are launched. An “offline” mode is available for use on laptops or home computers that are not connected directly to the domain.

Technology Employed

Tools4ever is a Microsoft Certified Gold partner and guarantees compatibility with all desktop and server operating systems releases from Microsoft. E-SSOM resides on a standard Windows 2008 server and integrates seamlessly with Active Directory. A SQL database is recommended to insure high availability, replication and redundancy. The small client application is typically deployed via Group Policy Object (GPO) but any standard software deployment tool can be utilized. Security of credentials is insured by utilizing Triple DES encryption on the database and all communications are handled utilizing Microsoft’s RPC transport mechanism.

Ease of Use, Configuration and Deployment

E-SSOM is an easy to configure and quick to deploy solution. Installation of the base application, client side component and initial configuration is usually accomplished with a half day. Configuring of predefined applications can be accomplished in as little as five minutes while new product definitions might require up to one hour. Once all definitions are set, authorizing applications to individuals can be done via groups or OUS or the entire domain.

Advantages

  • Standard application definitions included for common applications.
  • Support for virtually any card reader for strong authentication.
  • Cost effective, scalable SSO solution for any size facility.
  • Excellent support from U.S.-based offices.

Disadvantages

  • New application definitions can be complicated initially.

Recap

E-SSOM from Tools4ever is easy to use application that eliminates the headache of physicians and clinicians to remember multiple sets of login credentials. Adding a second factor of authentication, such as a proximity card, increases overall security of the network as well.

 

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