High School Uses YubiKey to Login Securely to Google AppsBy Yubico, PRNE
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
STOCKHOLM and PALO ALTO, California, June 1, 2011 -
By using cloud technology from Google, online identity provider Svensk
e-identitet and strong authentication company Yubico, Swedish schools are
making significant cost savings while protecting the online identity for
staff and students.
As more e-services move to the cloud, so do fraudsters. Online identity
theft is today the fastest growing crime with more than a trillion US dollars
in yearly losses. To address this problem, the Swedish Data Inspection Board
requires all Swedish local e-governments and schools to move from username
and password login to strong two-factor authentication.
Arlandagymnasiet, a high school in Sweden, is one of many schools who
have successfully deployed secure cloud login solutions. The school's IT
department has chosen Google cloud services to simplify and save IT
infrastructure costs. To enable single-sign on to Google and other IT
systems, Svensk e-identitet provides the cloud based identity service. Of the
strong two-factor authentication technologies evaluated and available for
Swedish citizens under the age of 18, Arlandagymnasiet found the USB key
YubiKey from Yubico was the best fit.
The YubiKey simplifies the process of logging in with a One-Time Password
(OTP) token, as it does not require the user to re-type long pass codes from
a display device into the login field of the computer. The YubiKey is
inserted in the USB port of any computer and the OTP is generated and
automatically entered with a simple touch of a button on the YubiKey, without
the need for any client software or drivers. The rugged, ultra-thin,
battery-free, crush safe and waterproof design has also been fundamental to
the success of the YubiKey, currently used by over a million users globally.
"We are very pleased with the combined Svensk e-identitet and Yubico
solution. We have made significant cost savings, eliminated all
administration using Google's services, while providing superior online
identity protection of our staff and students," said Torbjorn Lundstrom, IT
administrator at Arlandagymnasiet.
The technology used for connecting Svensk e-identitet to Google is SAML.
It is the leading open identity standard for secure e-services, used by
education and leading Internet services and proposed to be deployed for the
vast range of e-government services in Sweden during 2012.
>> Watch 3 min. video of students logging in to Google Apps with YubiKey
>> Technical description of the cloud solution at Arlandagymnasiet
About Yubico: www.yubico.com
About Svensk e-identitet: www.e-identitet.se
About Arlandagymnasiet: www.arlandagymnasiet.se
Brooke Holve, +1-408-774-4064, press at yubico.com, for Yubico
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