ID Federation Inc., an industry coalition, has introduced a software tool SignOn Once for securely accessing multiple insurance websites with a single sign-on.
SignOn Once is designed to enable agency staff to use one login to securely access systems of multiple carrier business partners for transactions such as quoting, submission and account management. The system uses token technology to authenticate each user's identity. SignOn Once grew out of collaboration by insurance professionals within the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America's ACT (Agents Council for Technology), the Real Time/Download Campaign, ACORD, and technology user groups to create a standard way to secure technology authentication for the insurance industry.
SignOn Once can reduce the time that agencies, carriers and solution providers spend on managing passwords. The security of connections also is improved. SignOn Once enables each user to receive an identity token based on his distinct credentials. This token is certified for authenticity and offers access to each participating and certified SignOn Once carrier site or solution provider. Multiple checkpoints and verifications exist behind the scenes as users move from site to site.
Requirements such as signing on to individual websites of various carriers and recalling numerous passwords have worked against agency efficiency, said Teresa Addy, business technology analyst at EMC Insurance Cos. and a developer of SignOn Once. The goal of SignOn Once is to enable insurance professionals to spend more time with the value-added work of serving prospects and clients and less time working on managing passwords.
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