Identity Management for Education

Identity Management for Education

The education market has a lot of challenges when it comes to identity management. With a constantly rotating group of students, extremely limited budgets, and faculty and student networks, IT admins in the education sector trying to control access to their networks have a challenging situation. In fact, approximately 4 million public school students were expected to enroll in 9th grade in the fall of 2017. That’s a massive amount of traffic to keep up with, and that’s just public schools alone. This traffic comes a tremendous amount of work for IT admins as well. With the need to deactivate graduating accounts, create and set up new accounts for new students, connect students to the network, and much more, IT admins certainly have their hands full. These tasks can take up weeks of IT admins time, preventing them from working on other areas of the infrastructure. The good news is that a new generation of identity management for education is making the education IT challenges much easier to solve.

WiFi Needs in Education

There are a wide range of schools in the education sector. They can include K – 12, private schools, and higher education, and each of these types of schools have significant, and varying IT needs. There isn’t an educational institution on the planet that isn’t interested in leveraging new types of technology to support their teachers and students. Examining the needs of these education institutions can help identify the best solutions to implement.

Perhaps the most basic need of IT in the education sector is the ability to tightly control access to the WiFi network. The core reason for this is that most educational institutions separate the faculty network from the student network. This can be an important distinction for security reasons. Generally, it is easier to obtain access to the student network but, with K through 12, it is still important to control what students can access. The faculty network, on the other hand, needs to be more tightly secured. The network needs to be cordoned off from access by students or others to ensure that (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/identity-management-for-education/

Jon Griffin

Jon Griffin works as a writer for JumpCloud, an organization focused on bringing centralized IT to the modern organization. He graduated with a degree in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and is an avid learner of new technology from cloud-based innovations to VR and more.

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