We all know how important network security is these days. With the growth of software- and cloud-based systems, security has become an important asset that Flowics feels duty-bound to guarantee.
That’s why we’ve strengthened the security of the Flowics platform by enhancing the authentication process when using our platform. These important security updates not only fulfill the requests of some of our customers, but they also make the Flowics platform compliant with the most rigorous security standards in the market, including the EBU R 143 from the European Broadcasting Union.
After a period of beta testing, we’re happy to announce the release of two new major security features in the Flowics platform:
1. Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
MFA is a method to verify a user’s identity by requiring more than one piece of identifying information. A common form of MFA is when a user supplies their username and password coupled with a code sent to their phone or other device. But there are several other options for implementing MFA.
MFA is incredibly effective in preventing hacking attacks without compromising the user experience. In other words, you get strong security with a seamless experience.
Support for MFA will be available both at the account level, making it mandatory for all users, or at the user level, which means it’s optional and each user can decide to either activate or not.
2. Single Sign-On (SSO)
SSO occurs when a user logs in to one application and then gets signed in to other applications automatically, regardless of the platform, technology, or domain. The user signs in only once, hence the name.
Activation of SSO for your account is optional. You can rely on Flowics for the entire authentication process, meaning that Flowics is in charge of every issue related to identity/authentication. Or you can choose the SSO authentication scheme that allows you to log in to the Flowics platform with a single ID that also applies to other software systems within the enterprise. With SSO, users can log in to your main identity provider once and access services without re-entering authentication factors.
We found that many customers — especially large and public ones —prefer single sign-on and want to use their own credentials/identity. In fact, some of our biggest clients have been asking us to include SSO within the authentication process and have been part of our initial beta period.
With SSO, user management and application authorization are centralized within your company, not Flowics. So you can deactivate a user according to your own password policies and enable two-factor authentication as you see fit.
Flowics supports Enterprise Authentication Standards for SSO such as:
- Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)
- Active Directory
- OpenID Connect
Together with these two major updates, we also rolling out other security enhancements related to password policies, password expiration and much more. MFA support is rolling out for all customers and available for all subscription plans. Single sign-on is available only for enterprise plans at an additional cost.