COSTA MESA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NWP Services Corporation (NWP), a nationwide leader in resident utility billing, energy management and submetering services to the multifamily industry has recently advanced Single Sign-On (SSO) to assist its customers in gaining access to NWP systems, such as its portal website (NWPSmart.com) for property and portfolio staff, using their existing security infrastructure without being prompted to log-in again.
The advantages of NWP’s Single Sign-On include:
Reduced Administrative Time: Users only need their corporate username and password to access NWP systems. With fewer passwords to manage, system administrators receive fewer requests to reset forgotten passwords.
Increased Management Oversight: Administrators can easily turn on and off access for new or departing employees.
Time Savings: With SSO in place, the need to manually log in is avoided.
Increased User Adoption: Due to the convenience of not having to log in separately, users are more likely to use resources like NWPSmart.com on a regular basis.
Increased Security: Sending authentication credentials that are only valid for a single use increases security for users who have access to sensitive data.
“From an IT perspective, Single Sign-On allows validation of usernames and passwords against a distinct user database rather than having separate user passwords managed by NWP,” shares Howard Behr, Vice President: Product Management and NWP Submeter. Adding, “Equally important for customers, this means that users removed from their network will no longer have access to their company’s information in our databases.”
NWP’s solution is different in three ways:
Flexible & Scalable: To enable this service, NWP set up an identity server to provide its property manager tools via centrally accessed identity and authorization service. It has been configured for external identity providers including Azure Active Directory (using the OpenID protocol) and Okta (using SAML), the sole leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS), and more can easily be added, such as those using WS-Federation. It’s a Swiss army knife of data security, in that its centralized identity server can be used across various services and federation types allowing an open solution to address any number of identification methods. NWP designed this solution to be ready for any number of SSO vendors.
“If you’re a CTO and using NWP’s solution, you don’t have to worry about which single sign-on vendor authentication you choose now or switch to in the future. This universal solution allows NWP to rapidly support and deploy SSO for multiple vendors,” added Behr.
“We’re seeing an increasing number of organizations like NWP turn to cloud applications to drive productivity internally, as well as to enhance externally facing experiences like customer websites, partner portals, or even entirely new cloud applications,” said Chuck Fontana, VP of Alliances and Corporate Development at Okta. “We’re delighted that NWP has chosen Okta to help its business grow by delivering a top quality experience to its customers.”
Federation Conversion Tool: This Identity-as-a-Service enables NWP to support embedding SSO into property portals while still preserving the necessary audits and security to ensure proper authorization to key functions. NWP recognizes that setting up SSO can be time consuming and complicated. NWP has developed a simple solution to handle the complexities of connecting security systems. With only a few clicks, NWP’s Federation Tool can integrate a customer’s SSO services into their software platforms. No matter what the customer’s software platform, NWP can federate with it easily.
Passive User Migration Solution: NWP’s SSO includes a passive user migration which not only migrates the standard case of single user/simple ID but also addresses multiple users who share user IDs at properties as a normal practice. This solution eliminates the need for special or expensive communication, training or changes to third party websites which reduces costs.
Headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., NWP Services Corporation (NWP) is an award-winning provider of utility management, energy management, electronic payments, sub metering, back office accounting and IT solutions. NWP enables multifamily owners, operators and fee managers to reduce costs, create new revenue opportunities and grow their portfolios based on services that convert expenses into reliable revenue streams and provide operating cost reductions. For two decades, NWP has worked exclusively with multifamily owners and managers to provide a full life cycle of utility expense recovery through resident billing, invoice processing automation, utility spend management, analytics, and energy management. For more information, visit www.nwp.com.
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