Single Sign-On or SSO Solutions For Educational Institutions

Pallavi Varanasi Cloud Security Expert - CloudCodes Software
  • May 14th, 2020

Single Sign-On

Single Sign-On or SSO solutions give the seamless user access to cloud-based applications, thus making it quick, easy, and convenient for IT users. Whenever any user logs in, either to his/her work machine or some web portal per se, he/she does not need to separately log into them else for the entire length of his online visit. It even helps in the reduction of the number of stray passwords in any organization. 

It can also help in increasing the security considerations and mitigating age-long security-harming practices like writing passwords on sticky notes over office desks etc. this even lessens the burden on the IT teams regarding the number of password reset incidences. SSO becomes all the more powerful when combined with IM or Identity Management. SSO and IM together can change the way organizations implement as well as manage their software.

Significance of SSO Solutions For Educational Institutions

The Internet has seeped into school campuses and most educational institutions. After the increased use of online teaching, teachers are now facing the ever-increasing problem of keeping up with such an enormous number of logins for so many students. Such Instant Logins allow teachers and students to connect to most of the popular apps that are used in modern-day schools by just a single sign-on or single login into the dashboard. This service is excellent as it connects the sign-on panel with multiple online educational software systems, thus removing the need for logging in multiple times for every student.

Reasons for Deploying SSO Solutions in Educational Institutions

With many digital as well as web learning solutions growing in the education segment, it is not any surprise that the requirements for increasing usernames as well as passwords are growing at an alarming rate. All applications or learning resources come with their login instructions. Some passwords may need capital letters and also special characters. Other passwords may require numbers etc. Also, most logins are usually case sensitive. So, that means that in classrooms, teachers would spend more time than it is necessary to help students get logged into their systems with their login credentials or reset their login passwords.

Even if most students manage by keeping their info straight and straightforward, then also it is still challenging to log in to all these applications separately. It would take time, which can be very daunting. Many CASB vendors like CloudCodes are providing single sign-on SSO solutions cloud security much easier for educational professionals, who are tasked with identity and access management. Hence, this is going to ensure that only the right people are having proper access to the right online software, web tools, and digital apps.

Benefits of SSO Solutions for Educational Institutions

SSO solutions can have a transitional effect on IT as it eliminates the need for the IT staff to manually onboard any new software or to manage any of the associated processes. Thus, it becomes a sort of burden for the 3rd-party providers of IAM and SSO solutions. Educational institutes do not need to worry now about any compatibility issues or long projects for adopting any new software. 

Whenever any new software is required, it just needs to be communicated to the 3rd-party SSO and IAM vendor to support them with it, and institutes do not require any legwork of that integration. Yet another significant benefit that educational organizations avail is with user-level lifecycle management. 

For example, when any student or user moves from Undergraduate to Postgraduate, such a system cuts off the access to the previous set of applications. It gives him or her another game, which is seamless as well as quick at the same time. Also, when any students or users leave the institution, such identity systems quickly, and needless to say, automatically remove them from particular applications. It ensures greater cloud security.

CloudCodes Single Sign-On

Our Single Sign-On solution strengthens the existing cloud security protocols along with single access to several users for IT monitoring ease. The challenges get significantly reduced in terms of clicks and hence, eliminating time in remembering the account usernames and passwords. An administrator will be able to track real-time activities with the provisioning and de-provisioning of sanctioned applications. We are also providing the capability of restricting access to unsanctioned programs for organization users. Our SSO security is compatible with all mobile platforms, and it does not need re-configuration in case of operating system updates.

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