Auth as a Service (AaaS)
What is Authentication?
Authentication is the act of validating that users are whom they claim to be. This is the first step in any security process.
General Authentication Processes:
- Username & Passwords
- One-time Pins
- Authentication Apps
What is Authorization?
Authorization in a system security is the process of giving the user permission to access a specific resource or function. This term is often used interchangeably with access control or client privilege.
In secure environments, authorization is always followed by authentication. Users should first prove that their identities are genuine before an organization’s administrators grant them access to the requested resources.
What is Auth-as-a-Service?
Cloud services offer ready-to-use solutions for many things, including for authentication & authorization. It can be quite expensive and time-consuming for organizations to develop and manage authentication, authorization, and management systems. Auth as a Service is both a simpler and more economical solution for system management. Auth-as-a-Service enables access to a variety of IT resources, including devices, applications, files, and networks.
How does it work?
AaaS providers and their customers are both concerned about a high level of security. Different AaaS providers try to develop their own unique solutions for cloud service. Though the architecture may vary depending on the presence of different security features, the key aspects of AaaS remain the same across providers. Different categories of IT resources leverage different protocols, so a modern auth-as-a-service solution will need support for a broad range of authentication protocols including LDAP, RADIUS, SAML, SSH, OAuth, and more.
The methods of authentication vary as per security requirements. Usually used methods are Password-based authentication, Multi-factor authentication, Certificate-based authentication, Biometric authentication, and Token-based authentication. The one that is gaining popularity is JSON Web Token (JWT). It is a JSON encoded representation of a claim(s) that can be transferred between two parties. The claim is digitally signed by the issuer of the token, and the party receiving this token can later use this digital signature to prove the ownership on the claim.
How can we help?
Auth as a Service is a new approach to identity and access management that leverages cloud computing resources. Saving an organization’s time and money, AaaS solutions bring the benefits of SaaS to authentication management
Typically, you build (or re-use) an application that contains a login and logout page (and maybe consent - depending on your needs), and we add the necessary protocol heads to it, so that client applications can talk to it using those standard protocols. We have a vast experience of providing Auth as a Service and we offer ready-to-use AaaS which can be integrated with your systems without much efforts.
Social Media Authentication
With the eruption of applications and usage of social media platform, adding social media authentication offers simpler and faster authentication option. It uses social media platforms like Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, Microsoft, etc. to verify credentials as authentication method for your services.
SSO is an authentication process that requires the user needs to authenticate on a dedicated SSO policy server. User authentication in an SSO system provides access to all other applications, files, and systems throughout the company resources
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