Clever releases latest identity management tool, adding Microsoft Active Directory support to Google Workspace
Clever IDM simplifies education technology management for school districts by managing provisioning, security, and user authentication across all of their learning apps and software
SAN FRANCISCO, April 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Clever, the most widely used and trusted digital learning platform in U.S. K-12 schools, today announced an expanded identity management offering with a new support for Active Directory support, used by thousands of districts to manage user access to software applications and devices. Clever IDM helps school districts automate the provisioning and management of their Active Directory and Google Workspace user accounts, saving them time while improving account security.
Clever Identity Management (IDM) was designed to address growing school district concerns about cybersecurity threats in K-12 education that have accompanied the growing use of educational technology. The past few years have increasingly shown school districts to be a target for cybercriminals, which poses a particular challenge for overworked IT teams.
With Clever IDM, student, teacher, and staff accounts are automatically created once they are added to the district’s student information system, meaning every user has access to learning resources the moment they sign up. first day of school. As users join, leave, and move through a district, Clever IDM keeps their accounts up to date – ensuring everyone has the right access at the right time. The new solution saves district administrators hours of work per week, with the same level of reliability and confidence that more than 65% of U.S. K-12 schools have come to expect from Clever – and at a significantly lower cost than alternatives on the market today. .
“Overworked IT departments have become shrewd problem solvers, manually fixing identity management issues with custom solutions on a case-by-case basis, but it’s kind of like chronic back pain: it’s still there, everything the world hates it and it’s hard to deal with it – but there’s a better way,” said Trish Sparks, Vice President of Customer Success and Sales. “As a former teacher, I know this is huge because districts get a high quality product for such a low price that eliminates friction that would otherwise take teachers time.”
Clever IDM is an optional, cost-effective technology solution that can be added to Clever’s free enterprise services, helping districts use the data they already have in Clever to automatically provision user accounts and passwords and manage organizational units (OUs) in Active Directory and Google Workspace.
With Clever IDM, schools benefit from the following advantages:
- Automation of repetitive manual processes: This new solution eliminates delays and errors in account creation that are inevitable with manual processes, giving students, teachers and staff faster access to the resources they need and reducing demands on overloaded IT departments. .
- Secure account management: Managing accounts through scripts or manual processes can lead to security vulnerabilities, such as inappropriate access for existing users or continued access for users after leaving a district. With cybersecurity attacks becoming more common, these vulnerabilities are more dangerous than ever. Clever IDM helps districts protect student data and minimize the risk of a data breach by actively creating, managing, and deprovisioning user accounts, thereby protecting sensitive data and closing security gaps. With nightly syncs, easy troubleshooting, and in-depth audit reporting, Clever IDM ensures the right people have access to the right resources at the right time.
- Account provisioning in minutes: Immediate access to digital learning tools has never been more important to the experience of an A+ student and teacher. With Clever IDM, districts can ditch scripts, saving hours of manual account creation, account updates, and troubleshooting each week; this means that IT staff finds time to focus on what teachers need most. Clever IDM uses data districts already synced with Clever, making setup quick and easy. Moreover, it is in the same Clever dashboard that administrators already use to manage the list and single sign-on.
- Fraction of the cost of other identity management solutions on the market: Implementing the technology can be expensive, but since the Clever digital learning platform is always free for districts, they have the option of adding Clever IDM and covering all of their identity management needs for one price. lower than other solutions. At no additional cost for installation, training, or support, districts can use Clever IDM for Google Workspace and Active Directory for just $1.00 per user per year.
“I don’t think about student login credential issues anymore. I don’t think about registration. Even if I don’t enter it into the SIS in time, when you run Clever IDM it adds it to the profile Clever, so when the data is passed from Clever to the programs, it’s already there,” said DylanJones, Education and Data Technology Coordinator, Sunflower County Consolidated School District. “It frees up time to do different things at the end of the day.”
This new feature builds on Clever’s introduction of identity management last year with support for Google Workspace. Clever IDM is available today for Google and later this month for Active Directory at only $1 per user and per year, at no additional cost per destination.
Clever is on a mission to unlock new ways of learning for all students. Over 65% of US K-12 schools now use Clever to simplify access and improve engagement with digital learning. With our free platform for schools and a network of leading app providers, we are committed to advancing equity in education. Clever, a Kahoot! company, has offices in San Francisco, California and Durham, North Carolina but you can visit us at smart.com at any time.