Use Your Google Account to Login to the Jungle Disk Control Panel

In September, we quietly introduced a new feature to our administrative control panel that allows Jungle Disk account administrators to log in with their Google accounts. This is our first integration with a third-party identity provider, and will be hopefully the first of many to come. Currently, the functionality is narrow, but will allow an existing Jungle Disk administrator to login to their control panel using their Google account, provided that the email address matches the email address on file with Jungle Disk. This could be quite beneficial for customers who wish to protect access to their control panel with two-factor authentication (2FA). For example, a customer with a Google account that utilizes 2FA would be required to authenticate with both factors before getting access to the Jungle Disk control panel.

As we have begun reselling and supporting subscriptions to the Office 365 and Google G Suite platforms, our customers (including ourselves) have found the identity management built into these platforms can be a huge asset.

Her are some of the benefits:

  • Users have fewer usernames and passwords to manage.

  • Administrators have greater control over what sites/services have been granted access to user data.

  • Administrators can enforce 2FA/MFA for all of their users.

Given these advantages, we’re looking to expand this feature set in the coming months. Some of the ideas on the table are:

  • User management/creation via Google G Suite admin - Allow G Suite administrators to connect their domain to a Jungle Disk account in order to ease the process of user creation and management.

  • User authentication/authorization in the browser and Jungle Disk client - Our customers have told us they want to see us expand this functionality to all Jungle Disk users, not just the administrator. To enable this functionality for Jungle Disk users, we would enable this type of authentication in our web access website and in our desktop software.

  • Introduce authentication via Office 365 Identity/Azure Active Directory - Google G Suite isn’t the only third-party identity provider with which we’re considering integrating. We’re also looking into integration with Office 365 Identity to manage administrative access and user access. Many customers are moving their traditional, on-premise deployment of Active Directory to the cloud with Office 365 and Azure Active Directory, so we feel there is a lot of opportunity to integrate with this platform as well.

We’re still early in the process of implementing these new features, but we believe this first foray into third-party identity integrations is the right move for our customers and will open up new possibilities and efficiencies for them. Have questions or suggestions on third-party identity providers? We’d love to hear from you! Please leave us a comment below or reach out to our sales team.

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