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Single Sign-On Authentication - An Overview

Single Sign-On (SSO) is a user authentication process through which a user logs in once and is granted access to multiple, independent applications without having to log in again when accessing each additional application.

EBSCO’s SSO solution provides seamless authentication and personalization to EBSCO resources. It works with any SAML-compliant identity solution, including OpenAthens, Shibboleth, Ping, Okta, Microsoft ADFS, and more.

For organizations without an existing SSO identity solution, EBSCO offers an OpenAthens-based solution.

Benefits of SSO
  • Improves the user experience by automatically logging in users, giving them personalized access to EBSCO resources, and the ability to seamlessly download eBooks, save content, and more.

  • Offers enhanced security, as inherent risks associated with the use of unsecured passwords, phishing, IP addresses and former employees can all be mitigated through SSO.

  • Facilitates cost allocation by department or business unit by allowing administrators to evaluate and attribute usage directly.

SSO Feature Highlights
  • Supports any SAML compliant Identity Provider.

  • Real-time provisioning of user accounts eliminates need for manual user account synchronization.

  • Multi-faceted, user-level reporting statistics.

  • Well-defined transition plan for current customers using IP address or other EBSCO authentication.

  • Dedicated team to guide you through setup.

  • Federation membership can facilitate rapid SSO implementation.

Implementation and Configuration

To learn how your institution can enable EBSCO SSO, contact your EBSCO Sales representative who will initiate next steps with our SSO support team. Our SSO Support team will work with you to review requirements, SAML metadata needs and expected time frame to ensure SSO can be enabled for your EBSCO resources.


See also: Single Sign-On Authentication - Frequently Asked Questions