What is SAML?

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is a standard for user authentication to platforms that allows SaaS applications to easily support corporate identities instead of local accounts. It is a key enabler for Single Sign On (SSO) authentication. Upon a user authentication event to a SaaS application, the SaaS uses SAML formatted XML request to query the matching identity provider to query for the users’ data and permissions. SAML can be also used for redirecting the user through a Reverse Proxy.

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