What is NCEdCloud?
The North Carolina Education Cloud (NCEdCloud) is a service delivery platform for modern instructional and administrative support systems that has the infrastructure, tools and resources to support all NC Race to the Top (RttT) initiatives.
Rather than building new systems, the NCEdCloud has taken an innovative approach to facilitating shared services through collaborative procurements, pay-for-use statewide licensing arrangements, and shared support models. The Identity and Access Management (IAM) Service, one of the NCEdCloud’s projects, is provided through a service contract with Identity Automation (IdAuto). IdAuto is a Houston, Texas based company that provides identity, data, and access management services.
What will it look like for me?
The features available in the IAM service will differ for users and even each school, depending on what applications they have and their roles in the system. However, all users will have a single account to access the available resources.
Students will be able to:
- See an Application Access window with shortcut icons to the applications they have access to
- View profile information about themselves
- Reset their password, using self-service capabilities
Teachers, in addition to the student features listed above, will have the ability to:
- View all of their students’ information
- Reset student passwords
Delegated Administrators, in addition to the functions of students and teachers, may:
- View all the students and employees in the district
- Enable and disable accounts and passwords
- Create sponsored guest accounts
- Have access to user and audit data
What is the IAM Service?
The IAM Service is based on the principle that strong identity management is a foundational component for the accelerating IT shift toward cloud technologies. As more services move to the cloud, a centralized and standard way to manage accounts, roles, and permissions for these technologies is required for the successful deployment and ongoing management.
The goal of the IAM Service is for every student, teacher, staff member, parent or guardian, and school community member to have a single, unique username and password to access cloud-based learning resources in North Carolina.
The IAM Service will provide self-service capabilities to all users and delegation capabilities to all LEA/Charter School administrators. The service will have three major components:
- A centralized data repository with all user identity information collected in a single location, which will create an opportunity for better reporting capabilities, data analytics generation, and access control management.
- A central directory service that provides a master authentication and authorization resource. It will also bring new options to local school district personnel with an automated mechanism for synchronizing global user information from the centralized directory service to local directory services.
- Federation software (SAML) that enables Single Sign-On functionality for users, which is a single username and password that grants access to all of a user’s relevant cloud services.