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Open source security is cool for schools

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Schools should implement an open source authentication system to give parents and pupils secure access to online content, says a government organisation.

Becta, the UK government's education IT strategy organisation, is recommending that schools use the Shibboleth authentication system, based on open source software developed by the Internet2 community.

Shibboleth acts as a transport mechanism built on top of schools' existing infrastructure to allow them to exchange information securely.

It is a federated identity management system, and provides each user with a single ID, making it easier to access content.

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Huh?

This advice is for the same schools that can't teach little Jimmy basic math? Yeah, lets all think that the schools can implement a decent security strategy (open source or otherwise). Most school's (least here in the States) have IT staff too stupid (hey if they were smart why are they working in public schools for slightly better then minimum wages) to install windows - should be a real hoot watching them install anything that actually works.

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