Jan 06 2023

Review: Okta Grants Access to Necessary Apps with One Password

This powerful security tool helps minimize downtime in the classroom.

There’s a common misconception that increased security often comes at the expense of productivity. This can seem especially true in higher education, where students can easily forget passwords for multiple applications, bringing learning to a halt and turning faculty into help desk technicians.

While this may have been true in the past, Okta’s single sign-on software solution shatters the notion. Okta provides a major boost to security while making things easier for users, and because it’s deployed as a service, administrators have little maintenance to do after the initial setup.

The Okta Identity Cloud can integrate with nearly every major web-based or mobile education application. Once deployed, it delivers complete identity and access management (IAM) that can act as the core of even advanced security methods, such as zero trust. By grouping access to all of a user’s applications under one security umbrella, only one password or authentication method is needed. Users log in to the Okta Identity Cloud, then the application provides access to everything else they need to do their jobs.

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Okta Single Sign-On Empowers IT Teams with Flexibility and Scale

Most important, this full-featured federation engine and flexible access policy is reliable. With colleges and universities at constant risk of hacking and social engineering attacks, Okta single sign-on empowers IT teams with the flexibility and scale of an IAM solution combined with the reliability of cloud and mobile platforms.

This single view of all applications makes Okta a dream for IT security and HR. It’s easy to add new programs to the list of managed ones without adding new passwords. For example, when pushing out a new professional development module or undergoing benefit elections, HR can leverage the Okta Identity Cloud to facilitate access to materials for whoever needs it — and those who don’t need access may not even know that the new resources exist, which provides yet another layer of security.

 

 

Students and Faculty Can Access Applications from Multiple Locations

One key benefit of the Okta Identity Cloud, front and center in the latest offering, is the ability to switch to new devices while retaining access to important applications and files. If a faculty member is working on a desktop and needs to transfer to a laptop or tablet to head home for the night, the process is seamless, with no worries about file access or additional passwords.

Unlike legacy federation and access management systems, Okta single sign-on is lightweight and easy to deploy. Because there is only one login, IT security has less to keep track of as far as password management goes. Okta can also scale to meet the demands of any college or university, while securely connecting staff, faculty and students to all of their cloud and on-premises applications, across all of their devices.

Specifications

Software type: Multifactor authentication
Aggregator: Works with online and appliance-based services
Form: Single sign-on authentication tool
Installation: Software as a Service
License type: Subscription, with discounts for large deployments

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