Zoom brings in external authentication feature to secure remote classrooms

Zoom has introduced an external authentication feature that will help schools take remote and hybrid classes with an extra layer of security. Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, schools have started operating through video conferencing tools.

Single Sign-On (SSO) or Identity Provider (IDP) functionality is a common computer access system to access resources and was already available for administrators and educators to secure their zoom accounts. Zoom has now extended its single sign-in functionality to students to benefit more from a more unified sign-in experience. While 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 once, with a 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 configure their Zoom account so that students must authenticate to their school identity system or SSO provider before attending a meeting,” Brendan Ittelson, head Technology The agent, Zoom, wrote in a blog post.

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

“Students are correctly identified within the meeting using your identity provider (IDP) name, and only authenticated students are allowed into the session, which offers a number of benefits,” Ittelson said. “In addition, each student’s Zoom meeting history is recorded in the Zoom dashboard, so taking part has never been easier,” he added.

Ittelson also noted that each student’s Zoom meeting history is recorded in Zoom’s dashboard, making it easier for teachers to log their attendance. Additionally, students will have one-click access to all their school applications.

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

News Underline:

  • Zoom introduced an external authentication feature to add a level of security to remote classrooms.
  • Zoom has also extended the single sign-in functionality to students who can sign in once, with a single set of credentials.
  • Each student’s Zoom meeting history is recorded in the Zoom dashboard, making it easier for teachers to record their attendance.