For Dave Leiker, the Web and Electronic Media Manager for the Emporia, Kansas Unified School District #253, managing Internet access for over 5,000 students, teachers and staff presented a unique set of challenges.
IT administrators needed to restrict web traffic while managing student email account activity.
At the same time, Leiker
was in the process of migrating the school district's core applications to Google Apps.
prefers the browser-based design of Google Apps and believes that moving to cloud-based apps is a way to prepare for the future.
After all, device form factors may change radically over the next few years, but the browser and the cloud should have staying power.
identified a major conflict that threatened to undermine the school district's migration to the cloud.
"Keeping email accounts in synch was really a nightmare," Leiker
"We quickly saw that the same problem would reoccur with Google Apps, where we'd have to administer each application separately or figure out how to tie those accounts back to Active Directory or just rely on generic passwords, which would mean we'd have poor security."
hoped to find a solution that would tie into Active Directory, which was a hurdle with many IDM and SSO providers.
Many recommended using entirely different credentialing systems in the cloud.
didn't want to manage two different identity management systems, which would add administrative overhead and could undermine security.
eventually turned to the IEP (Identity Enforcement Platform) solution from SecureAuth, a solution which not only validates identities in Active Directory and performs strong authentication against those identities, but also then automatically generates a SAML assertion for Google Apps.
With SecureAuth IEP, Emporia now has a SSO solution to secure email, Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange and a range of other applications.
Moreover, since SecureAuth is an all-software solution that leverages existing directory services and is purpose built for the cloud, SSO is future-proofed.
That is, Leiker
can easily secure and manage access to an array of new devices, such as smartphones and tablets.