How Optimal IdM Can Help
Optimal IdM is well-versed in the needs of colleges and universities and delivers a wide array of services tailored for these organizations. We supply on-premise, cloud and hybrid solutions according to the needs of your institution.
With so many users joining and leaving the institution every year, adding and removing their accounts must be as simple as possible. We can automate these tasks and reduce the IT team’s involvement. It also helps ensure that alumni accounts are removed from the system in a timely manner and that students get quick, easy access to their accounts when the semester starts.
Authentication as a Service
Our Authentication as a Service (AaaS) offerings include a range of security-boosting authentication capabilities, such as multifactor authentication.
With this service, institutions can increase security during higher-risk logins, such as first-time logins or those from a new device. You can configure these options so users have to enter a Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) to access their account, which can be delivered via email, short message service (SMS), voice calls or push notification. Multifactor authentication can come with a wide range of advanced features like dynamic learning based on user behaviors and risk profiles and static policies based on factors like location.
Our AaaS solutions can be an integral part of creating a security environment that’s compliant with applicable regulations.
User-Friendly Portals and Self-Service Access
The more users can do on their own, the more positive their experience is and the less of a burden your IT team has to deal with. There are myriad reasons for students and staff to update their profiles. Whether they need to reset their password or update their emails, the right higher education IAM system can make self-service simple, freeing up the IT team and making for a faster, easier experience for students and staff.
In addition to self-service capabilities, user portals should be intuitive and reflect users’ need for a quick, positive experience.
Between email clients, word processors, course management systems, financial account management, course sign-up systems and other educational tools, students and staff have many different programs to log into. Single Sign-On (SSO) services are an excellent, modern approach to providing easy access to the variety of programs that students and staff need to use. With SSO, one set of credentials grants access to all of the university’s programs.
SSO is incredibly convenient for the users, but it can also help increase security — they won’t need to write down all of their passwords or reuse the same ones. SSO works with a massive catalog of programs, and we have over 7,000 applications pre-integrated with The OptimalCloud™.
Another benefit of SSO is its ease of use for account management. From name and detail changes to adjustments in a student’s enrollment status, there are many reasons you may need to make changes to a user’s account. Our higher education IAM system and SSO means you can easily make adjustments that apply to all downstream applications.