Simplifying sign-on

By Nathan Luck

Responding to heightened concerns that the requirement for customers to enter different credentials when moving from one software system to another may lead to simplification or over-use of a single password, potentially compromising the security of the system landscape, SAP has introduced the NetWeaver Single Sign-On application for increased protection of customer data.
The application addresses the risk by providing single sign-on capabilities to SAP and non-SAP systems as well as strong communication encryption, enabling users of SAP systems to enter one secure user name and password to gain access to multiple SAP applications. In addition, the system supports authentication methods of third-party vendors, including smart cards and single sign-on capabilities for web applications based on open standards like certificates and security assertion markup language (SAML). These standards also allow the integration of third-party software and the setup of cross company scenarios.

“We are continuously improving SAP NetWeaver to provide more ease of use,” said Sanjay Chilkarmane, senior vice president, SAP NetWeaver Products, SAP AG. “We have been using this technology at SAP internally for several years, and it has proven itself as an intuitive, key component of our IT security system. By offering this important additional layer of security to our SAP NetWeaver customers, we can help ensure the safety of their systems with added convenience.”
Read the source article at Inside SAP

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