Secure Accounts with User Authentication on Workplace by Facebook

Protecting data and information should be at the core of every good SaaS enterprise solution. User authentication typically consisted of a simple ID and password combination. However, due to increased breaches in recent years, more authentication factors have been added to improve the security of communications. As a growing number of large organizations sign up for Facebook’s enterprise social platform, Workplace, for internal communication and collaboration, Facebook has taken the impact it has on security and privacy very seriously. Hence, the importance of enabling Authentication on Workplace.

Workplace by Facebook supports two methods for authentication and encourages that accounts be provisioned before a user logins to their account for the first time. Authentication is vital for the entire organization to stay secure and enabling it for only a subset of users in Workplace is not supported. It is an organization wide integration.




Username and Password Authentication

One of the security methods is username and password authentication. The employee’s username will be an email address that has been provisioned in advance. The user is able to set their own password once the account is verified through the email address provided for the Workplace account. 

Passwords have specifications when it comes to length and retries. Passwords should be complex and are required to be at least eight characters long, with no dictionary words or ‘easy-to-guess’ passwords. When it comes to incorrect password entries, a user will be locked out of their account for a duration of time after 20 incorrect attempts.


Single Sign On Authentication

Workplace can also be integrated with numerous identity providers for authentication. This creates a more seamless experience for users to sign into Workplace using the same Single Sign On (SSO) credentials they use for other systems.

However, there are prerequisites in order to enable SSO authentication. You need to have access to your identity provider’s configuration settings and you must also be assigned as a System Administrator role in Workplace. Upon completion of the SSO configurations for all provisioned users in Workplace, your company can then authenticate via your choice of identity provider.

Single Sign On for Workplace is directly supported by the following identity providers:

  • Active Directory Federation Service
  • Azure AD
  • G Suiteuser auth
  • Okta
  • OneLogin
  • Ping Identity


As one of the first Workplace by Facebook Service Partners, SADA has a dedicated team of Workplace and solutions experts providing licensing, consultation and technical guidance on best practices in implementing a new enterprise collaboration platform for your organization. SADA also has Workplace Training Packages to maximize your Workplace investment by integrating the platform into your business processes and increasing productivity.

SADA Systems is proud to be partners with some of the identity providers mentioned above, including Microsoft Azure, Google G Suite, and Okta. To learn more about how SADA can help secure your user authentication, speak to one of our Workplace experts today!


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