When you access the Cloud via the SSO Private Cloud Login page, you are logging in via the Microsoft Authenticator. This tool enables SSO and MFA security features when accessing the CIO Private Cloud*.
Microsoft Authenticator can be downloaded on Android or Apple phones and can be customized with your preferences. Verification options available include: SMS, push notifications, phone calls, or even password-less options.
*Note: enabling these features is determined on a per-company basis. If your organization has not implemented SSO & MFA and you would like to learn more, please reach out to your vCIO!
What is SSO?
SSO stands for “single sign-on”. This is an authentication process that allows users to sign in once and simultaneously be logged in to a group of applications. In the context of the CIO Private Cloud, after successfully logging in to the Cloud, SSO users could be securely signed in to the Office 365 ecosystem with the same username and password.
What is MFA?
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a verification process that requires users to complete two steps to sign into an application. This usually consists of something you know (your username/password) and something you have (like your phone).
With MFA, after successfully entering your username and password, you will then be prompted to complete a second verification method (enter a text code, answer a phone call, etc.). This adds an additional layer of security to your critical applications.
How do I know which login portal to use?
Not sure if your company is using SSO? No problem, log in as you normally would under the [CIO PRIVATE CLOUD LOGIN].
- If you are redirected to the SSO page, you now know for the future that you’re on SSO! From then on you log in straight from the SSO Private Cloud Login link (https://sso.cioprivatecloud.com/) and skip the redirect.
- If you are immediately logged in to the Cloud and are not redirected, continue using [CIO PRIVATE CLOUD LOGIN] (https://cioprivatecloud.com/vpn/index.html).
What If I sign into the wrong portal?
If your organization is using SSO but you log in to the other portal (https://cioprivatecloud.com/vpn/index.html), you will be automatically redirected to the SSO site.
There is no issue with logging in this way, it will just take a few seconds longer with the redirect.