Sep 13 2022

Review: Okta Grants Access to Necessary Apps for Authorized Schools Anywhere

This powerful security tool also removes barriers to learning.

There’s a common misconception that increased security must come at the expense of productivity. This can seem especially true in K–12 classrooms, where students can easily forget passwords for multiple applications, bringing learning to a halt and turning teachers into help desk technicians.

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

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

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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 school districts at risk of hacking and social engineering attacks, Okta single sign-on empowers IT teams with the flexibility and scale of an IAM solution and the reliability of a cloud and mobile platform.

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

RELATED: Learn how to build a culture of cybersecurity awareness in K–12.

Educators and Students Can Access Apps from Multiple Locations

One key benefit of the Okta Identity Cloud, front and center in the latest offering, is the ability to switch over to new devices while still retaining access to important applications and files. If an educator is working on a desktop and transferring to a laptop or tablet to head home, 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. Since there is only one login, IT security has less to keep track of from a password management perspective. Okta also scales to meet the demands of any school, while securely connecting staff, educators and students to all their cloud and on-premises applications across devices.

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

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