Ransomware. It’s the No. 1 thing that keeps CTOs, CIOs and IT professionals up at night. Major corporations regularly appear in embarrassing headlines, the victims of ransomware attacks. Attacks in the United States cost $7.9 billion in 2019. In 2020 alone, Denmark-based ISS World, Cognizant, Sopra Steria and other companies fell victim to ransomware attacks.
While there are various methods hackers can use to gain access to companies’ networks and systems, “brute force” remains the No. 1 approach. That is, hackers like to find weak passwords and use them to gain entry.
The threat of ransomware is just one of the many reasons why single-sign-on software is so popular in 2021. Not only does single-sign-on software (SSO for short) help with security, it also enhances convenience and transparency, it speeds up the process for gaining access to new platforms, and it reduces the burden on IT teams to reset passwords and otherwise help users with administrative tasks.
But there’s one huge problem with SSO in 2021: It’s expensive.
Your company’s SSO capabilities are only as good as the many SaaS tools that allow your SSO platform to manage passwords. Unfortunately, many SaaS tools hide SSO capabilities in enterprise-level pricing tiers. That’s fine if you’re an enterprise-level business that needs the highest level of service.
But what about small- and mid-size businesses? What about startups? What about companies that are doing just fine with 30 or fewer employees?
These types of businesses don’t need to pay for an enterprise-level package that includes dozens if not hundreds of licenses and other features that smaller companies simply don’t require.
The placement of SSO in these enterprise-level pricing tiers is becoming a problem. The issue is starting to pop up in Reddit threads and Medium posts, and the rest of the technology industry is beginning to notice.
The SSO Wall of Shame
Visit sso.tax to discover some of the worst offenders — the SaaS tools hiding SSO in highly expensive packages. This list includes details on each platform’s base pricing per user vs. the pricing per user in the first tier that includes SSO. Some of the increases are staggering. Here’s a look at the biggest jumps:
- Hubspot: 6300%
- Redash: 818%
- Raygun: 721%
- Checkly: 586%
- NationBuilder: 586%
- Airtable: 500%
- CoderPad: 500%
- Github: 425%
No company can rationalize spending 500% more on a given tool just for access to SSO. And so smaller companies are left to fend for themselves on the security front, continuing to do their best to prevent attacks without SSO to lean on. In addition, these smaller companies lose out on the speed, convenience and transparency that SSO offers. Is it all fair?
The Debate: Is This SSO Pricing Approach Fair?
There’s a debate raging in the software community about SSO capabilities placed into high-priced, enterprise-level tiers. On one side, you have defenders who say that SSO is valuable and that it’s being priced as a valuable feature with its placement in high-end tiers. Others say that the security and convenience SSO provides should be a basic necessity for all users — something available to much smaller businesses in lower-level pricing tiers.
Unfortunately, there’s no sign that the democratization of SSO is forthcoming. And there are few good solutions for companies that need SSO but can’t afford to pay for the tiers that include it.
There’s good news, though, for companies that find themselves stuck in this unenviable situation: Sastrify offers a service that can help you overcome these SSO pricing challenges.