The landscape for higher education in Canada is rapidly changing, as is the “traditional” student profile. Today’s post-secondary education students are increasingly mid-career, part-time or enrolled in online course offerings. To keep up with this evolving demand, educational institutions are now offering a broader array of services that extend the campus experience to the digital realm.
Currently, identity and access management (IAM) procedures in higher education aren’t enough to effectively manage the new students, faculty and staff demands and expectations. As a result, overtaxed IT departments rely on ad hoc procedures and educational institutions are unable to fully realize the benefits that innovative digital programming can bring.
Beyond the advent of digital programming, educational institutions are also privy to sensitive personal student, faculty and alumni data from income and payment information to disciplinary records, healthcare and insurance information. With educational institutions seeing higher instances of data breaches, the time for reformed digital identity is now.
The education industry needs to collectively set a high standard and guarantee the secure access and exchange of digital data to maintain trust and transparency, while also protecting the student experience and the educational institutions’ financial health.
One approach that supports education’s new digital and data privacy demands is SecureKey Technologies’ Verified.Me service. This new digital identity verification service can help verify students, alumni and faculty in a timely and secure manner, strengthening educational institutions’ ability to expand their digital offerings with confidence – while also providing much-needed cost-savings.
Through this solution, educational institutions have the ability to:
Streamline access to disparate systems, such as student information, applicant management, alumni, faculty and donor databases, without requiring maintenance of another data silo
Serve as a trusted source of exclusive and unique personal data attributes, making it simpler to verify graduation, attendance or coursework records for students’ future use
Provide easily shared and verifiable digital identities to improve in-school and alumni experiences
Improve institutional security and mitigate the risk of future data breaches and fraud
Ever-changing user roles, numerous siloed functional databases, limited budgets and large populations of students means that faculty, staff, alumni and post-secondary institutional IT administrators face a monumental challenge in effectively utilizing resources.
Verified.Me enables students, alumni, faculty and staff to:
Authenticate easily through a single gateway to multiple disparate legacy systems, eliminating the need for institutions to create their own accreditation or maintain large databases of student information
Have authoritative means to prove student, alumni and faculty identity for remote access to educational resources
Navigate through a secure and seamless onboarding process that enhances an effective and efficient experience
Digital ID 101: check out our OWI whitepaper for digital ID verification in education
In conjunction with CANARIE, SecureKey has developed a proof of concept to strengthen trusted identity verification across Canada’s higher education community. The Canadian Access Federation (CAF), operated by CANARIE, currently works with 158 participating institutions and service providers to develop ubiquitous identity attributes.18 Collaboration between SecureKey and CANARIE will continue to explore new use cases in this sector and facilitate broader engagement with the research and education landscape. Building new services with Verified.Me will empower educational institutions to better serve students by efficiently providing more usable, cost-effective, and secure access to resources from their first application throughout the rest of their careers.
Verified.Me helps educational institutions get ahead of digital identity security challenges by:
- Offering a robust mechanism for implementing stronger digital identity processes in the education sector;
- Adding strong registration and account recovery services that improve identity verification while reducing operational costs; and
- Empowering educational institutions to better serve students by efficiently providing more usable, cost-effective and secure access to resources from their first application throughout the rest of their careers.
SecureKey and the Canadian Access Federation (CAF), operated by CANARIE, have already developed a proof of concept project using Verified.Me to strengthen trusted identity verification across Canada’s higher education community.