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Zoom brings in external authentication feature to secure remote classrooms

With the extended single sign-on feature, users can log in once with one set of credentials and get access to all the applications, data, and services they need.

twitter-logoIndia Today Tech | October 9, 2020 | Updated 16:48 IST

Highlights

  • Zoom has introduced an external authentication feature to add a layer of security to remote classrooms.
  • Zoom has also extended the single sign-on feature to students who can log in one time, under one set of credentials.
  • Every studentís Zoom meeting history gets logged in the Zoom dashboard, making it easier for teachers to record their attendance.

Zoom has brought in an external authentication feature that will help schools taking remote and hybrid classrooms with an added layer of security. In the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, schools started functioning through video conferencing tools.

The Single Sign-On (SSO) feature or the identity provider (IDP) is a common computer sign-in system to access resources and was already available for administrators and faculty to secure their zoom accounts. Now, Zoom has extended its single sign on feature to students to benefit more from a more unified access experience. Even though students may not need separate Zoom accounts, the feature helps them with simplified username and password management.

The Single Sign On (SSO) feature allows users to log in one time, under one set of credentials, to get access to all the applications, data, and services they need, Zoom noted.

"With Zoom's external authentication, school IT administrators can now set up their Zoom account so students are required to authenticate against their school identity system or SSO provider before joining a meeting," Brendan Ittelson, Chief Technology Officer, Zoom, wrote in a blog post.

Students are properly identified within the meeting using the name from the admin's IDP and only authenticated students are allowed into the session. Zoom noted that for school and IT administrators, its external authentication adds an extra security layer to their hybrid learning processes.

"Students are properly identified within the meeting using the name from your identity provider (IDP), and only authenticated students are allowed into the session, which provides a host of advantages," Ittelson said. "Additionally, every student's Zoom meeting history gets logged in the Zoom dashboard, so taking attendance has never been easier," he added.

Ittelson further noted that every student's Zoom meeting history gets logged in the Zoom dashboard, making it easier for teachers to record their attendance. Besides, students will have one-click access to all their school applications.


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