Enterprise applications have become an integral part of a tech user’s life. Although the utility and user experience of these applications have been getting better, the risk of cyber attacks has also been on the rise. That’s why it’s important to provide employees with secure access to enterprise applications without hampering the user experience. That’s why we’ve compiled an expert’s guide on combining TFA and SSO. 

Problems with passwords

For a while now, passwords have been the first and often the only line of defense when it comes to cybersecurity. With cyber attacks on the rise, using only a password for authentication is no longer sufficient. To add on to outside threats, many users reuse passwords across several applications, leaving them open to multiple avenues of attack. 

Two-factor authentication

One way to mitigate the vulnerability of using just a password is to add another layer of security. Including an extra layer—also known as a factor—should be sufficient enough to prevent most cyberattacks that leverage or bypass passwords. Most two-factor authentication (TFA) methods verify a user by combining something they know, like their username and password, with some they have or receive, like a one-time password (OTP) through SMS or email. 

The right way to implement TFA

Although implementing TFA enhances security, the user experience often takes a hit when a user has to frequently access multiple TFA-enabled applications. For e nterprises, using TFA for too many apps is bound to be counterproductive, as it forces users to go through an extended authentication process for every application they want to access

So what’s a better way to implement TFA? Well, ADSelfSerivce Plus provides users with seamless access to multiple applications at once with just a single sign-on. 

How TFA in ADSelfService Plus is done

ADSelfService Plus supports service provider-initiated single sign-on for many popular applications like G Suite, Salesforce, and Office 365. When a configured user tries to directly access an application that’s been configured in ADSelfService Plus, the user will be automatically redirected to ADSelfService Plus’ authentication screen.

Once a user’s credentials are verified, that user receives a verification code through one of the factors configured by the administrator. After completing both forms of authentication, a user can then access all the cloud applications configured for them.

Getting TFA right

ADSelfService Plus even supports TFA for Windows logon through popular authentication methods, like:

  • Duo Security

  • RSA SecurID


  • SMS and email-based verification codes

Get the expert’s guide now to learn how to enable secure and seamless access to Windows workstations and other enterprise applications. Want to try all the value-adding features ADSelfService Plus has to offer? Get your hands on a fully-functional, 30-day free trial.

Thejas Sridhar
Product Consultant

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