Enterprise customers are finding value in deploying Chromebooks, and it can be seen from the Gartner forecast on the Chromebook adoption worldwide (below). Some of the early adopters include Netflix, Starbucks and Sanmina — because of their security, simplicity and ability to integrate into existing technology and infrastructure. As more enterprises adopt these endpoints, one important consideration for IT is handling identity management for Chromebooks.
“By adopting Chromebooks and cloud computing, businesses can benefit; they can shift their focus from managing devices to managing something much more important — their data.”
I agree with Ms. Durand on this. Chromebooks are changing the perception of the enterprise, and as enterprises are moving towards adopting SaaS solutions, these net-focused devices become engines of productivity for employees — and also to the IT organizations from a support perspective.
However, as enterprises deploy Chromebooks, their challenge to secure data and access control becomes more complicated. As different kinds of devices continue to enter the heterogenous IT environment, IT helpdesks face the difficult task of supporting the business while keeping it secure from an identity management perspective. Enterprises that are standardized on Windows and an Active Directory-based management infrastructure, would want to leverage that infrastructure to provide single sign-on (SSO) for their Chromebook users — instead of duplicating or replicating their Directory Service elsewhere.
Centrify Single Sign-On solution for Chromebooks:
We have added a solution for Chromebook single sign-on (SSO) which makes it an easy addition to current heterogenous IT environments as Centrify’s SSO solution can now protect and manage all kinds of devices in the IT environment in the same simple and effective way. End-users will be able to use their same corporate credentials to log in to Chromebooks, and enterprises get the advantage of securing credentials inside their organization’s Active Directory or LDAP.
Security on the Chromebooks can be further boosted by implementing MFA for Chromebooks and apps accessed via Chromebooks. Centrify provides context-aware, step-up authentication based on policy. Users get hassle-free MFA with automated push notification, fingerprint, single-tap one-time passcode, SMS and more.
In our recent 15.9 release, we also added the concept of authentication profiles — the ability for the administrator to determine which attributes a user must provide for logging into the service or for stepping up authentication when needed. With authentication profiles, administrators have the flexibility to decide how their users login to the service and/or to step-up authentication.
Finally, we have also released a free add-on, which an admin can pre-install or push via policies to the Chromebooks. This add-on will provide seamless SSO into the Centrify User Portal so that user can access all of the Google Apps for Work along with other corporate apps (like Docusign, Concur, and on premise applications) they need to get their job done.
We have a comprehensive SSO for Chromebooks deployment guide, and below you can watch a quick video on how it works:
To learn more about about the solution and how we can help, please sign-up for a 30-day free trial of Centrify Identity Service.