Enable single sign-on for the Microsoft Cloud and all other Cloud Services (Best Practice 2/10):

We live now in a mobile-first, cloud-first world and to simplify the authentication process it is recommended to enable single sign-on (SSO) to devices, apps, and services, allowing the users to access cloud resources from anywhere. The challenge we have seem with the end-users it’s that when you have multiple identity solutions to manage, this becomes an administrative problem not only for IT but also for users who have to remember multiple passwords. By using the same identity solution for all your apps and resources, you can achieve SSO. And your users can use the same set of credentials to sign in and access the resources that they need, whether the resources are located on-premises or in the cloud.

Best practice: Enable SSO. Azure AD extends on-premises Active Directory to the cloud. Users can use their primary work or school account for their domain-joined devices, company resources, and all of the web and SaaS applications that they need to get their jobs done. Users don’t have to remember multiple sets of usernames and passwords, and their application access can be automatically provisioned (or deprovisioned) based on their organization group memberships and their status as an employee. And you can control that access for gallery apps or for your own on-premises apps that you’ve developed and published through the Azure AD Application Proxy.

Organizations that don’t create a common identity to establish SSO for their users and applications are more exposed to scenarios where users have multiple passwords. These scenarios increase the likelihood of users reusing passwords or using weak passwords.

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