First off, what is an Orphan account?
Orphan accounts are the accounts that have somehow slipped past the de-provisioning paper trail. Those accounts that still have organizational access to systems without a valid owner.
School’s back in session. With the influx of new students, returning teachers and temporary staff coming back online, requests for account creations, resource partitioning and call support elicit groans across countless IT departments.
I recently visited Woodridge Forest Middle School in Porter, Texas, one of the newest schools within the New Caney Independent School District, to record a new Identity Automation video, which will highlight one of the school district’s recent successes using Identity Automation’s software. New Caney used RapidIdentity to fulfill its 1:Vision initiative and issue over 10,000 Chromebooks to teachers and students, enabling greater student engagement and a new Project-based Learning curriculum
Privacy in education is a subject that has received significant attention recently, and we see it garnering even more attention in the future. It affects students, teachers, administrators, parents, IT staff and IT vendors. All involved tread a fine line, balancing the security issues that are vital to the operation of a school with the individual privacy rights of the actual classroom users of technology.
A few years ago, North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) selected Identity Automation to build a cloud identity platform to manage all its users in all its public schools. Each student, teacher, staff member and administrator at every K-12 public school would be using the platform to access all the state provided applications and programs they needed to use on a daily basis.
In case you weren’t able to attend the Identity Automation sponsored, Texas CTO 2015 Summer Clinic in Austin, TX, or if you missed the keynote speaker, Mark Strama, Head of Google Fiber Operations in Austin, TX, we’re here to bring you some highlights and lessons learned!
When the public school system of Minnetonka, Minnesota, came to us to help implement a new Identity Automation Management system, they had very specific needs - and many of them. They had an infrastructure that no longer suited their needs and was technologically unwieldy, so they turned to us to provide an easy-to-manage, secure IAM platform for over 10,000 students in grades K-12 and their educators. We not only met their expectations, but exceeded them.
Identity Automation will be hosting a webinar with Carahsoft to examine the trends in identity management technology that will be impacting the K-12 space over the next 1-2 years. We’ll be discussing the challenges and opportunities of security management tools and educational technologies and how they can be used to advance student education and privacy.
I recently spoke with the IT director of a school district, and he shared with me some concerns school administrators had about our password management solution and whether it could actually make them less secure. I am rarely at a loss for words in my line of work, but in this instance, I was close.
As educators around the country look toward mobile and internet applications to enhance student learning, new privacy concerns are beginning to surface. These student information security woes are often beyond the reach of the IT administrators, and instead put into the hands of teachers who may unintentionally cause sensitive data to be released with as little as a simple app sign-up. Unlike many of the historic applications used by school systems in the past, today’s apps circumvent federal privacy regulations by providing educational tools to teachers from third-party platforms that are often notvetted by IT administrators in advance.
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