Configuring Access to SaaS Applications with Single Sign-On
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As companies race toward the cloud, it’s imperative that IT professionals keep up with the times. Keeping up with the times means maintaining the ability to deploy and maintain cloud-based solutions – particularly those offered through Microsoft Azure.

In this course, you will learn how to create and manage encryption keys in Azure, prevent and respond to security threats to Azure resources, configure access to Azure applications via single sign-on, manage access to Azure applications, and configure federation with public consumer identity providers like Facebook and Google. 

Learning Objectives

  • Create and import keys in the Azure Key Vault
  • Define, configure, and assess security policies
  • Harden Azure resources against threats
  • Configure single sign-on for SaaS applications
  • Configure federation with public consumer identity providers like Facebook and Google

 Intended Audience

  • People interested in becoming Azure security engineers 


  • General knowledge of IT infrastructure
  • General knowledge of the Azure environment






When a user logs into an application, that user will go through an authentication process where he or she is required to prove that they are who they say they are. Unless a single sign-on is configured, this authentication process is typically completed by answering a password that is stored at the application. Users are required to know this password. To improve security, Azure AD supports single sign-on for securing applications. 

As an admin, you can configure federated single sign-on, which allows applications to redirect to Azure AD for user authentication rather than prompting for its own password. Password-based single sign-on is another option available to admins when securing applications. With password-based single sign-on, the existing password process is retained. However, the administrator manages the password and the end user does not know it.

About the Author
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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.