How secure is your school’s data? With an increase in the issues facing schools around data security, it’s a question that schools up and down the country should be asking. Incidents that occur due to poor data management now regularly feature in the news and can cause public concern. All of this is increasing pressure on schools to strengthen their safeguarding measures.
With more staff and pupils requiring access to an ever-increasing number of systems within their schools, this can create an arduous security headache for your technical staff, with numerous permissions and passwords that need to be managed.
For example, if a member of staff left, how could you keep track of their access and disable it across every system? You want reassurance that a user’s access to your school’s systems is securely managed and, at the same time, can easily be deactivated when they leave.
With this mind, we have recently launched SIMS ID, which provides a single sign-on solution for your school, so that you can easily access multiple applications. Not only this, but SIMS ID offers a range of benefits that provides schools with a safe and secure solution.
One username and password
How many services do you use on a daily basis and for how many of them do you have an account that requires you to log in? I would guess that most people have different usernames and passwords that you need to remember for each service.
With SIMS ID, teachers, staff and pupils only need to remember one username and password to give them access to all of the school’s systems that they need, from any device. The single login solution to third party applications also means that multiple passwords do not need to be recorded or written down.
When it comes to setting up a password, with so many passwords to remember, often people can fall into the trap of using familiar phrases or very simple passwords. A recent news article revealed some of the most common passwords people use, and for many people these won’t come as a surprise!
SIMS ID encourages users to change their passwords and make them complex, so you can be sure that your users’ accounts are secure. It also means that you will be able to reduce the administration time from these repetitive tasks such as password resets and end of year changeover.
Safe and secure
As I touched on at the start, one major issue for technical staff is how to revoke a staff member’s permissions once they have left the school. You don’t want them to still have remote access to your systems, especially when sensitive information is involved.
With SIMS ID, if a member of staff should leave or have their security compromised, for example, if their laptop is stolen, you can easily revoke their permissions across all services in one go.
Easy to manage
Even with a system in place that enhances your school’s security, it still needs to be easily manageable for your technical team. They want to be able to administer and control access to multiple services for users, ensuring that only the right people have correct access levels across different systems.
It’s simple to set-up new users with permissions and you can save time and resources by adding multiple users at the same time, as well as adding and removing permissions to existing users.
Here are some top tips on how to improve security in your school and for more information about SIMS ID, download the product guide.