As institutions adopt new technologies, higher-ed IT leaders must be aware of the challenges accompanying these new trends. One such example is rapidly proving why IT teams must stay on top of new developments. Azure Active Directory is a web-based authentication and authorization platform based on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform that is growing in popularity.

It offers many opportunities to higher education intuitions, including the promise of new collaboration tools, collaborative cross institutional authentication options, and enhanced security through technologies like multi-factor authentication. But there are several challenges that colleges and universities need to be aware of as they plan for and adopt this technology.

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Microsoft’s Active Directory is a mature, stable technology that has been a mainstay of Microsoft Windows networks for more than 20 years. Higher-ed IT leaders are very familiar with how to deploy and manage this technology. Design patterns are well understood, and organizations are familiar with what goes into the care and feeding of Active Directory.

About the Author:

Todd Peterson is a long-standing security evangelist and currently manages product marketing for One Identity solutions. With more than 20 years of experience in security software, Todd has deep expertise developing go-to-market messages for security-, IAM- and compliance-related topics, including his authorship of numerous white papers, tech briefs and articles. Within One Identity and among customers, Todd is the “face of IAM” and is highly regarded for both his thought leadership and ability to make complex technical topics easy to understand for One Identity sales teams and prospective clients. Todd has a BA in Communications/Advertising from Brigham Young University.