Session Number W1-06

2016 Session
Single Sign-On in Education: Consolidate Account Access for Multiple Apps
John Peters, Director of Technology, North Country Supervisory Union, and Sandy Dalal

Level: Intermediate
Grades: All

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This presentation will provide a walk-through of NCSU's journey towards a strictly cloud-based Single Sign-On (SSO) solution. Issue: North Country Supervisory Union is searching for a solution to provide its students and teachers with a secure and seamless user experience for accessing individual email accounts and a variety of web applications via their existing identity information. Discussion: The number cloud based applications available for classroom instruction is increasing daily in addition to applications for business functions and student management. There is an ever increasing need to easily manage student and teacher access without overburdening IT staff with endless account creation while protecting faculty and student Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Since vendors work within their own "Silo's", vendor sponsored SSO solutions request access to Student Management Systems which is considered unacceptable since the risk for compromise of faculty and student PII is heightened. Resolution: NCSU has partnered with Identacor to provide independent identity management while retaining control of PII to utilizing industry standards such as SAML 2.0 and Shibboleth in an effort to create a cost effective solution for the education community. Identacor has enhanced the product for the education environment with: - Organization and sub-organization delegated administration - AD support through direct import of security groups