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How Academic Software streamlines user authentication and protects privacy

In the digital age, educational institutions and software vendors are constantly seeking ways to streamline user authentication processes while ensuring the protection of user privacy. Academic Software offers a solution through Single Sign-On (SSO) technology that not only simplifies access to digital tools but also minimizes the amount of user data handled. By linking with the institution's SSO and the vendor's SSO, Academic Software can anonymize the necessary data without compromising the functionality of digital tools. This article explores the advantages of SSO for end users and for ICT teams.


The advantages of Single Sign-On (SSO) for end users

SSO is a fundamental feature of the Academic Software platform, enabling end users to access multiple digital tools securely with just one set of credentials. This streamlined authentication method offers several benefits for end users: 

  • Simplified login process: with SSO, users only need to log in once, eliminating the hassle of remembering multiple sets of login credentials.
  • Automated access to tools: through integration with the institution's identity provider, learning management system (LMS), or student administration system, users are automatically assigned to the appropriate group, granting them access to the software and applications they need.
  • Enhanced security: SSO improves security by ensuring that users never sign in directly to an app. Instead, a secure token is used, eliminating the risk of unauthorised access.
  • Efficient access to tools: SSO enables faster access to digital tools, streamlining the user experience and reducing unnecessary delays.
  • Minimal data requirements: Academic Software requires minimal individual data from platform users, making the registration process quick and easy.

Advantages of Single Sign-On (SSO) for ICT Teams

SSO simplifies user management for ICT teams within educational institutions. The advantages include:

  • Controlled software access: SSO ensures that users can only access the software they are entitled to, reducing the risk of unauthorised usage.
  • Efficient privilege management: ICT coordinators can relinquish login privileges when needed, for example when someone leaves a course, thereby enhancing overall security.
  • Reduced password-related support: with SSO, ICT teams are no longer required to assist users with lost passwords, freeing up valuable time and resources.