Open source security is cool for schools
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.