Supporting a Modern Ed Tech Program in ESEA

Digital tools are as critical to student learning today as pen and paper ​have been in the past. We at Identity Automation support the addition of the Enhancing Education Through Technology ​bill ​to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act​ (ESEA)​.​ This bill would ensure a dedicated and well-funded tech program would be part of the revised ESEA.​ The​ effort ​to make this revision ​is currently led by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and is up for a vote later this afternoon. 

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How To Handle High Ranking Access Hoarders

Internal security vulnerabilities are the most likely ‘attacks’ a business faces. Many of the biggest attacks actually originate from inside your enterprise and come from fully authenticated users - your employees. Some of these intrusions stem from employees bypassing security standards, while others are caused by employees who may not know the security standards. But the threat we’re seeing more and more is the employee we refer to as the access hoarder.

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Is Access Certification Needed?

Are you using access certification to remove access once it’s no longer needed? Do you find the access certification process to be inefficient and tedious?

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Student Privacy at the Forefront of CoSN Annual Conference

I’ve attended the CoSN Annual Conference for the past seven years and in each of those years, I’ve run into more and more people who are customers of Identity Automation. It’s been an interesting transition going from being a vendor no one’s heard of who’s providing a solution to a challenge schools don’t know much about to becoming a leader in a space that’s absolutely pivotal to education technology. It’s also been very satisfying to see the company mature and grow over these past seven years.

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Building Bridges Washington Conference: Doing More with Less in IT

Last week our team attended the first “Building Bridges” Washington State Higher Education Technology Conference. The event brought together a diverse group of post-secondary education professionals focused on how technology can be used to maximize student success on campus and as they go into the workforce. Education IT staff, eLearning staff, library staff, institutional research staff, and campus faculty leadership were all in attendance. This broad representation of disciplines was fitting since the conference’s theme was “Building an environment of collaboration across boundaries”.

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CoSN Preview: Education's Digital Leap to the Cloud

Next week, I will be taking part in the CoSN Annual Conference from March 16-19 in Atlanta. CoSN, or Consortium for School Networking, is the leading association for school district technology leaders. I’ve attended this conference before; however, this year’s theme of ‘Enabling Your Digital Leap’ is quite intriguing.

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My Epiphany at Brainstorm 16.0

Last week I was in Wisconsin attending the BrainStorm 16.0 conference where I had an epiphany:

Identity management was originally developed to help organizations either adhere to external compliance concerns, such as HIPAA or SOX, or internal governance concerns like process controls. The net result of these concerns was automating processes to force compliance. Technically speaking, automation then became a side effect of compliance.

In education, however, the initial concern was not governance, but rather the bulk management of massive environments. A school’s entrypoint to identity management had always started with automation.

At Brainstorm 16.0, I realized that schools are now more and more concerned with ensuring appropriate student/teacher access to systems and programs, which, ironically, is actually the old way of seeing identity management.

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The Overlooked Nature of Internal Security Vulnerabilities

Last week, Steven Norton published a blog post to The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal about increases in ‘next-gen’ security spending. It was a good post highlighting something that I think most people are aware of - enterprise security threats are very real and more and more enterprises are putting technologies and processes in place to prevent them.

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Identity Automation Is a Proud Signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge

Joining over 100 corporations including Apple, Google, Khan Academy, and Microsoft, we are pleased to support Student Privacy Pledge in their mission to safeguard the privacy of students in grades K through 12.

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RapidIdentity: Renaming our Products

Today, I’m writing with a big announcement. When we introduced our new brand identity several months ago – a new logo, new website, and new marketing materials – we were changing our look to better represent who we are today, and who we’ll be tomorrow – a provider of world-class identity management solutions.

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