Recent Posts by Jill Kressin

 
Jill Kressin is a skilled content marketer with over three years of experience in the information technology industry. As Identity Automation’s Content Marketing Specialist, she develops content in a variety of styles for a wide array of media, including blog articles, press releases, customer spotlights, data sheets, brochures, website pages, emails, and social media. Outside Marketing, Jill enjoys traveling, yoga, reading, kayaking, and attending concerts.

New Research: K-12 Districts Must Face the Mounting Cybersecurity Challenges

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many K-12 educational institutions are using remote or hybrid learning models. This growing digital footprint has created a prime opportunity for malicious actors to take advantage of districts’ increased reliance on digital tools. 

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K-12 Education Funding: How Will You Use Your ESSER Fund?

Seemingly overnight, the entire face of K-12 education completely shifted. Due to COVID-19, schools were forced to rethink how to deliver education in a new digital format. The majority of districts did not have a 1:1 program in place, meaning new devices had to be made available and issued to individual students without funding, training, or time for planning.

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“Online Learning” vs. “Pandemic Learning”: The Role of Identity in K-12

2020 for K-12 districts was anything but standard— so how do we define the education model that occurred in this uncharted territory? 

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Don’t Mince the Meaning: Rostering vs. Provisioning & Their Roles in Enabling Digital Learning

According to a recent Gallup report regarding educational technology use in K-12, 65% of teachers say they use digital learning tools to teach every day. To provide their services, digital learning vendors require timely and up-to-date access to student, teacher, and class roster data. Unfortunately, schools haven’t changed their rostering processes to meet digital demands, i.e. they’re still manually compiling and uploading these rosters to third-party applications. 

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Meet Our Team: LeeAnn Friemoth, Team Lead Project Manager

At Identity Automation, we strive to be a trusted advisor to our customers during their Identity and Access Management (IAM) journey. The second an organization becomes our customer, it’s our practice to provide best-in-class service to implement and evolve their solution as time goes on.  

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How Districts Can Enable Secure Rostering to Digital Learning Resources

Ongoing innovations in pedagogy and learning strategies in the K-12 industry have spurred school districts to rapidly adopt digital tools for the classroom, while reducing their reliance on traditional print-based educational resources. To deliver their services, digital curriculum vendors require timely access to accurate and up-to-date student, teacher, and class roster data.

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Access Denied: Safeguarding Digital Learning Resources in the New Classroom

Recently, we discussed the importance of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) as a tool school districts should leverage to help prevent data breaches and protect against threat actors. MFA is a sure step towards securing access to district systems and applications; however, with at-home instruction being K-12 education’s new normal, schools need to take an even more comprehensive approach to securing their resources. 

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Government and Cybersecurity: Conquering Secure Remote Access

COVID-19 has forced hundreds of thousands of government and public safety staff to rapidly shift from the traditional office setting to remote offices located in their homes. These employees have gone to work in the same building every day for years, often with a badge for secure building access, and essentially followed the same daily operations. But now, everything has changed.

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Valley Medical Spotlight: Improving Clinician Efficiency with ExactAccess SSO

Valley Medical Center, a University of Washington facility located in South King County, Washington, is a network of acute care clinics and one public hospital that serves over 600,000 area residents. For 14 years, Valley Medical’s clinical staff had utilized Single Sign-On (SSO) to help streamline clinic workflows, but their solution wasn’t aging well.

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Increasing Healthcare Security & Usability with the IAM Maturity Model

Identity and Access Management (IAM) in healthcare is designed to achieve the balance of strengthening security measures and enhancing clinical workflows through efficient access to digital tools and records— all the while meeting HIPAA and HITECH compliance.

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