Swedish High Schools Deploy Google Cloud
Many schools in Sweden have deployed secure cloud login solutions from Google.
These schools are using cloud technology from Google, online identity provider Svensk e-identitet and strong authentication company Yubico to make significant cost savings and protecting the online identity for staff and students. Online identity theft is a global concern as more e-services move to the cloud. Google notes that fraudsters have made online identity theft the fastest growing crime today. This growing concern has driven the Swedish Data Inspection Board to ask all Swedish local e-governments and schools to move from username and password login to strong two-factor authentication.
Many schools have followed the mandate and one of them is Arlandagymnasiet, which has successfully deployed secure cloud login solutions.
Google cloud services has not only simplified but also saved IT infrastructure costs. According to a release, Svensk e-identitet provides the cloud based identity service to enable single-sign on to Google and other IT systems.
SAML is the technology used for connecting Svensk e-identitet to Google. SAML, notes the companies is an open identity standard for secure e-services, used by education and leading Internet services.
This standard is proposed to be deployed for several e-government services in Sweden during 2012.
“We are very pleased with the combined Svensk e-identitet and Yubico solution. We have made significant cost savings, eliminated all administration using Google’s services, while providing superior online identity protection of our staff and students,” said Torbjorn Lundstrom, IT administrator at Arlandagymnasiet.
Elaborating on how YubiKey simplifies the process of logging in with a One-Time Password (OTP) token, Yubico says that it does not require the user to re-type long pass codes from a display device into the login field of the computer.
All users have to do is to insert the YubiKey in the USB port of any computer and get the OTP that is generated and automatically entered with a simple touch of a button on the YubiKey, without the need for any client software or drivers.
By Anuradha Shukla