AWS Single Sign-On

Centrally manage single sign-on (SSO) access to multiple AWS accounts and business applications.

AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) makes it easy to centrally manage access to multiple AWS accounts and business applications and provide users with single sign-on access to all their assigned accounts and applications from one place. With AWS SSO, you can easily manage SSO access and user permissions to all of your accounts in AWS Organizations centrally. SSO configures and maintains all the necessary permissions for your accounts automatically, without requiring any additional setup in the individual accounts. You can assign user permissions based on common job functions and customize these permissions to meet your specific security requirements. AWS SSO also includes built-in integrations to many business applications, such as Salesforce, Box, and Office 365.

With AWS SSO, you can create and manage user identities in AWS SSO’s identity store, or easily connect to your existing identity source including Microsoft Active Directory and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

It is easy to get started with AWS SSO. With just a few clicks in the AWS SSO management console you can connect AWS SSO to your existing identity source and configure permissions that grant your users access to their assigned AWS Organizations accounts and hundreds of pre-configured cloud applications, all from a single user portal. 

Benefits

Centrally manage access permissions to AWS accounts

AWS SSO enables you to centrally manage SSO access and user permissions for all of your AWS accounts managed through AWS Organizations. No additional setup is required within the individual accounts. AWS SSO configures and maintains all the necessary permissions in your accounts automatically. You can assign user permissions based on common job functions, customize them to meet your specific security requirements, and assign the permissions to users or groups in the specific accounts where they need access. For example, you can give your security team administrative-level access to your AWS accounts running your security tools, but only grant them auditor-level access to your other AWS accounts for monitoring purposes. 

Create users in AWS SSO or connect to Microsoft AD DS or Azure AD to your identity system

AWS SSO gives you the option to create your user identities and groups in AWS SSO. And, if you already use Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services or Azure AD as your identity provider (IdP), your users can access AWS with their existing corporate credentials, and your administrators can continue to manage users and groups in your existing identity system. 

Access accounts and applications from one place

AWS SSO provides a user portal so users can find and access the roles they can assume in their assigned AWS accounts and business applications in one place. AWS SSO offers pre-configured SAML integrations to many business applications, including Salesforce, Box, and Office 365. AWS monitors these integrations for changes and updates the integration on your behalf automatically. The AWS SSO application configuration wizard helps you extend SSO access to any application that supports Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0.

Easy to use

With AWS SSO, you can enable a highly-available SSO service for your organization with just a few clicks. There is no additional infrastructure to deploy or maintain. All administrative and SSO activity is recorded in AWS CloudTrail, helping you meet your audit and compliance requirements. You can centrally view when users attempt to access accounts and applications, including from what IP address. You can also view when users are granted access to accounts and applications, when their assigned permissions to an AWS account are changed, and when their SSO access is removed. Using AWS SSO, you have the visibility to audit SSO activity in one place.

How it works

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Image API uses AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) to manage its AWS single tenant environments and other critical applications from one dashboard. SSO was so intuitive that it took just a few weeks to implement from the time we learned about it at re:Invent. Without SSO, we would have different usernames and passwords for each VPC and all other applications. This capability not only positions us well to scale, it makes environment management simple – which is how we like to do business.
- Bill Joy, IT Director, Image API

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Invenia is a cloud-based machine learning platform that uses big, high frequency data to solve complex energy intelligence problems in real-time. As a cloud-based business ourselves, we rely extensively on AWS and a number of SaaS-based applications, but didn't like the security and compliance risks associated with managing end-user credentials to so many independent systems. Deploying AWS SSO allowed us to provide access to those same applications, but using our existing corporate credentials instead, and without any of the hassle of managing a traditional SSO solution - Brilliant!
- Sascha McDonald, Head of Architecture and Operations, Invenia


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Syncron is a provider of cloud-based after-sales service solutions focused on empowering the world’s leading manufacturers to maximize product uptime and deliver exceptional customer experiences. As a cloud-based business, we're very mindful of the productivity disruptions and security challenges that can arise when users are overloaded with unique credentials. With AWS SSO, we can quickly and easily connect users into AWS using their normal enterprise credentials – allowing us to focus on continuing to deliver exceptional services to our customers instead of managing the lifecycle of users’ credentials in our AWS multi-account structure.
    - Richard Barkestam, CTO, Syncron


Built-in support for AWS accounts and business applications

AWS SSO helps manage access to your AWS accounts and business applications. For a full list of business applications pre-integrated with AWS SSO, see AWS SSO Cloud Applications.

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