ORLANDO, Fla., May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The insurance industry today began clearing the clutter of "sticky notes" with passwords on monitors everywhere, as industry coalition ID Federation Inc. introduced a software tool for securely accessing multiple insurance websites with a single sign-on.
The tool, SignOn Once (SignOnOnce.org) allows 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 offers greater security protection than the longstanding process of using a different password to enter each carrier system, according to ID Federation leaders.
SignOn Once can significantly reduce the time that agencies, carriers and solution providers spend on managing passwords -- while simultaneously enhancing the security of connections, according to ID Federation leaders.
The ID Federation is inviting insurance carriers and solution providers to participate in SignOn Once. They can streamline access to their online tools for agent business partners by:
2) Completing the process for certification as a SignOn Once carrier or solution provider.
3) Implementing SignOn Once.
The ID Federation has published a Trust Framework spelling out operating agreements for business, legal, and technical rules to define and govern use of SignOn Once.
"With SignOn Once, the ID Federation aims to greatly simplify workflow and processes, saving hundreds of hours per day for everyone involved in the business of insurance, including -- most important -- agency users," said Gray Nester, senior vice president of BB&T, an ID Federation board member.
SignOn Once provides for each user to receive a unique identity token based on his or her own distinct credentials. This token is certified for authenticity and is used to facilitate ongoing access to each participating and certified SignOn Once carrier site or solution provider. While the process is streamlined and seamless for the user, there are multiple checkpoints and verifications behind the scenes as users move from site to site.
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, technology user groups and other communities. These professionals aimed to create a safe and standard way to secure technology authentication for as many parties as possible in the insurance industry.
"Technology offers tremendous advantages to all parties in an insurance transaction," explained Teresa Addy, business technology analyst at EMC Insurance Companies and a leader in the development of SignOn Once. "But requirements such as signing on to individual websites of various carriers and recalling numerous passwords have worked against agency efficiency.
"SignOn Once can change all of that and boost efficiency at the same time," stated Addy. "With SignOn Once, our goal is to allow insurance professionals to spend more time with the value-added work of serving prospects and clients and less time working on managing passwords."
About ID Federation: ID Federation Inc., formed in in December 2011, is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. The organization's mission is promoting information security and identity management for trusted transactions across the financial services and insurance industries for purposes including but not limited to reducing transaction friction, lowering cost and bolstering independent agent access.
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SOURCE ID Federation Inc.