Running a business with a top-down structure in the 21st century can be compared to balancing yourself on the head of a pin while juggling 20 chainsaws. If you do not use technology to assist you in your daily endeavors, you will be overwhelmed with just how much you have to micromanage to keep your customers and clients happy. Rather than doing all of the legwork, it’s sometimes better to just loosen your tie a tad and let applications do part of the job for you, allowing you to focus on more important things like breathing, eating, and perhaps even sneaking in a little bathroom break here and there.
While we’re on the subject of technology, perhaps it’s the right time to tell you that not every piece of software is created equally. Some are more vulnerable to being breached than others. This is perhaps why a lot of major businesses experience breaches that would make Alan Turing facepalm. These embarrassing breaches were all either the result of a business’ failure to secure its IT infrastructure or its excessive reliance on another business’ insecure infrastructure. The lesson to learn here is that security should come first, and you should attempt to make absolutely no compromise on it for the sake of convenience. This is where SSO (Single Sign-on) steps in and we’ll tell you how it all plays a role in ensuring that your infrastructure is hardened.
You don’t have to remember an indefinite number of passwords.
What’s the result of infinity plus one? Still infinity, right?
WRONG! Infinity plus one, at least in our little world, is “yet another damn password you have to remember”. There is such a thing as password fatigue, and it’s the staple of this century. Want to see just how much of an effect this has on human life?
Look no further than the results of this study and this one. The first study (well, you can only see the results) found that the average minimum number of private passwords hovers around 17 per person. The second study conducted by Experian says that the average person in Britain has 26 accounts (25-34 year-olds have 40). There are less passwords than accounts, and you know what that means! People have a tendency to share the same password for multiple accounts.
Think of it this way: How confident would you be in your top-notch enterprise security when half your employees are using the same password for every single application they use online? Whatever security measures you put in place to ensure that you don’t end up on a headline in TechCrunch or Engadget don’t mean squat if your employees don’t know “how to password”. If your employees have to make logins to 10 different applications just to get to work, you can safely bet that half of them will be typing their spouse’s or mom’s name into every single field with an asterisk on it.
Our nifty SSO solution solves this elegantly. Your employees can type “()Tom_From_A)(#CCounting_HaT3$_ME” into the password field and forget the password without consequence. They only have to remember one password, and that’s it. The rest of the login process involves pointing their cursor on the application they want to log into and clicking on it.
Breaches? What are those?
Surely, entrusting all of the passwords in your organization to a single entity should sound like a surefire way to invite a breach, right?
WRONG!! Through the magic of our patented cryptographic technology, we whip out a magic wand and transform every password you store into an unreadable piece of gibberish that hackers will have to spend billions of dollars and years of their time trying to decode. The only way to unlock all that gobbledygook is by having the right key to the information.
Of course, if we kept the key on our servers, it doesn’t matter what kind of encryption we’d use; it’d still be an open invitation for hackers to come and wreak all sorts of havoc. That’s why we use the most valuable and unhackable storage asset: your mind. You create your key and you keep it. Separating keys from our servers makes encryption more effective than it could ever be in any other situation. Since you’re the possessor of the key to all of your passwords, the only way to get to them is through a labyrinth that has no exit. It’s an unsolvable puzzle because the most crucial part to figuring it out is completely inaccessible. Trying to breach that is like trying to find a toenail clipping in a sea of razor blades the size of Kansas.
Control who gets access to what accounts.
Even when your business is the size of a postage stamp, it’s already dragging a ton of baggage along with it. Among all of this is a pile of hierarchies that are set up in such a way that some information is on a need-to-know basis. It’s likely that you don’t plan on giving all of your workers the same access to all the same applications. What’s an accountant going to do with web design software? Does the HR department need access to your social media analytics?
Our access control allows you to group people according to their responsibilities, letting you easily provision new recruits with all the applications that are relevant to them from the get-go. It eliminates wasted accounts and keeps your hierarchical structure tidy so you can focus on running an empire. Access control makes sure musketeers don’t end up with cannonballs and artilliers don’t end up with musket pellets.
Migrate without the torture.
Ask any IT professional what their experience is with data migration and you’ll typically be faced with a cryptic reply in the form of grunts, groans, and incoherent muttering. This is usually IT speak for “it’s frustrating”.
The process of moving the entirety of all identities you have elsewhere to our software might sound like a daunting task if it were not for the fact that we actually have anticipated the frustration this may cause and whipped up a handy feature that lets you do all of this in the span of a couple of clicks. We integrate with LDAP, Active Directory, Office365, Google Apps, and a variety of other networked services that most businesses rely on to store a large number of accounts.
We’ve transformed an otherwise incredibly frustrating migration process into a system that involves you only microscopically so that you can move accounts from anywhere on the globe into a platform that feels your pain and wants all the happiness in the world for you.
Focus on the good things in life.
The premise of this entire discussion on the merits of SSO (and our brand of it in particular) revolves around the statement that security should come first. Using PerfectCloud not only allows you to cover your bases in terms of account management, but it also spares no sweat in ensuring that you’re working with the most hardened environment possible. The amount of trouble we save you will allow you to shift your focus away from micromanaging employee accounts towards actually getting business done. It’s time to start getting serious about security so you can stop second-guessing yourself and hoping you won’t end up getting a spike in attention for the wrong reasons. Salvation is here, and its name is PerfectCloud. We need say no more.