What is SAML?
Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML, pronounced sam-el) is an XML-based framework used to communicate user authentication and authorization information between two parties. In most cases, SAML is used between an Identity Provider (your company) and a Service Provider (mLevel). SAML is used by thousands of large enterprises, government agencies, and service providers as their standard protocol for communicating identities across the Internet.
Why use SAML?
By using SAML, you allow your users to login to mLevel with a familiar username and password (in many cases the same username and password they use to login to other systems). With SAML, all passwords and securities are managed internally by the Identity Provider (you). In other words, the Identity Provider keeps full control of mLevel in terms of authentication. With SAML, you can also opt to use multi-factor authentication.
Here are 5 reasons you should use SAML 2.0 with mLevel:
- SAML reduces barriers of entry. By providing a single-sign-on experience for users, SAML increases access and eliminates barriers to logging in.
- SAML increases security. It eliminates an additional set of credentials to store and remember.
- SAML allows you to standardize your password policies. SAML allows you to enforce the same password policies already in place for your employees.
- SAML leaves authentication controls in your hands. You keep full control of mLevel in terms of authentication.
- SAML is easy to implement. SAML allows businesses to easily implement a common Web SSO for all departments.
Here’s a visual representation of the end-user’s experience with SAML on a desktop:
Here’s a visual representation of the end-user’s experience with SAML on a mobile device:
I want to use SAML, how do I proceed?
We’re happy to help! SAML often requires the help of your IT team. We’ll need to work with someone at your company who’s responsible for identity federation, identity management, and/or third-party integrations. Contact your account manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org to start the SAML integration process.