Dropbox for Business gets single sign on

It’s reported as the feature most requested by business users, and now Dropbox has answered. The vendor said in a blog post on Wednesday that single sign on (SSO) will soon be coming to Dropbox for Business.

Since Dropbox launched a new admin console recently to help administrators manage their organization’s Dropbox usage, the company said SSO has been one of the new features most requested by business customers, and larger businesses in particular.

With SSO, users can sign in once to a central identity provider, such as Active Directory, which will give them access to all their business applications, including Dropbox. It saves time, and the need to remember multiple credentials for different applications. And for admins, it’s easier to manage user access from one place, so accounts only need to be provisioned once and when an employee leaves the company, they only need to be removed once.

“We’re excited to be working with a great set of identity provider partners — including Ping Identity, Okta, OneLogin, Centrify, and Symplified — to bring SSO to our customers next month,” said Anand Subramani, a product manager at Dropbox, in a blog post. “And since we’re using the industry-standard Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), this implementation of single sign-on integrates easily with any large identity provider your company may use that also supports SAML.”



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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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