Federated Access

Federated access is an identity control, allowing an individual to access multiple applications and resources using a single digital identity. A user is assigned a specific identity with access to various domains, which are managed by an identity provider. As a result, users can now access different domains without logging in each time.

The benefits of such a system are that the users don’t have to log in repeatedly, and it eliminates the need to remember multiple passwords, which may be forgotten and might create a security loophole.

Federated Access


  • What is an example of Federated Access?

    Any system that acts as a standalone identity gateway is known as federated access. Google, by far, is one of the notable examples of federated identity access.

    With Federated identity management (FIM), users don’t need new credentials to access applications that have federated agreements with Google, for instance, YouTube, Upwork, and numerous other applications.

    All they need to remember is their Google credentials, which will act as a standalone login system for many other applications.

  • Is SSO Federated Access?

    Yes, single sign-on (SSO) works similarly to federation access and hence, is also known as Federated single sign-on (SSO).

    Federated Single sign-on (SSO) allows cloud identity account users to smoothly access services provided by one or more partner organizations without requiring a separate login credential at the partner’s site.

    In a federated partner relationship, there are two unique roles for two different parties involved, i.e., service provider (SP) and identity provider (IdP). So, the IdP provides a unique digital token verified and authenticated by an SP. Once done, a session is created, allowing the user to access the application.

  • What is the difference between SSO and Federation?

    Essentially, there’s no difference between the two and SSO inherently fits within the broader model of Federated identity management (FIM).

    SSO allows users to access different systems within an organization using a single authorization code. In contrast, a federated identity management system allows them access to multiple systems across different organizations.

    Both tools, however, are crucial in securing organization data and reducing threats that will adversely affect the user experience.

  • What is Federated SSO Salesforce?

    Federated authentication allows users to log in once and access multiple applications. It refers to developing a trusted relationship between different organizations and third parties, which enables them to share authentication keys, and identities, and grant user access to different resources.

    For example, you can login to your Salesforce org account and then can gain access to different organization applications.

  • How does the Federation Work?

    It’s a process where one single system is responsible for user authentication. When a user accesses a different application, the system sends a message to verify their authentication. The single standalone system is referred to as the identity provider (IdP), while the application service being provided is known as the service provider.

    So, when a user clicks on a federated single sign-on URL, a digital sign token is created by the IdP, which is sent to the SP for verification.

    The best part about the federation is that it can support multiple federation partners. However, connection details describing federation properties must be clearly defined for each federated sign-on URL.