7 Reasons Why Cloud SSO is Must-Have for Higher Ed Campuses


by Vin Pisupati
on Dec 10th, 2018

Higher Ed Campuses recognize the benefits a cloud-based Single Sign-On (SSO) software can bring to their students and teachers. Cloud SSO software lets all the stakeholders sign in to multiple apps using a single set of credentials, thereby solving the problem of remembering multiple usernames and passwords making it important to Higher Ed Campuses. A few other reasons that make cloud SSO important to Higher Ed Campuses:

Benefits of Cloud Single Sign-On

Saves On-Premise Costs

As there are no on-premise deployments, the Higher Ed Campuses can save a significant cost involved in the deployment of on-premise servers, management of the on-premise environment, and ensures minimal assistance.

Highly Available and Dynamically Scalable for Peak Usage

The cloud-based SSO guarantees high availability. The cloud servers are dynamically scalable, thereby helping the campuses to deliver a smooth and uninterrupted user experience during peak usage in an academic year.

Brings an End to Insecure Password Practices

Remembering multiple passwords for every application is next to impossible thing for the users. Even the tech-savvy users take the shortcuts by creating weak passwords, reusing same passwords, storing passwords in email or writing down the passwords somewhere. A single sign-on software brings an end to these practices by leveraging the users access multiple applications with a single set of credentials.

Minimizes Helpdesk Costs

Students and teachers in the campus can access multiple applications with a single set of credentials, the number of password reset requests going through the helpdesk is significantly reduced. It costs $23-$30 for every password reset request. This cost can be minimized if a stakeholder needs to remember just one password for different applications.

Increases Portal Adoption among Students

The students need to remember just one password to access multiple applications and every application can be accessed from a single screen, the portal adoption rate is improved among the students.

Boost Productivity

When there are different credentials for multiple applications, it might take longer than it needs to access specific applications. The user needs to look through the list of credentials manually and if any password is wrong, it may take longer. A single set of credentials helps the user access multiple applications quickly and start working immediately. The time saved in accessing different applications can be utilized to do some productive work.

Strengthens Security Capabilities

One of the biggest misconceptions made about Single Sign-On is that it weakens the security by allowing several accounts to be compromised with one stolen password. But, the fact is, it encourages the user to have a strong and secure password and keep it confidential.

A Cloud SSO solution makes it easy to centrally manage SSO access to multiple applications. The administrator(s) can manage the user access to different apps based on their roles in the campus.