Tuesday 22 August 2023

Cloudwork PlatformID - world first support for Apple's Platform SSO


Apple's Platform SSO:
An independent status update


In a significant first for local innovation, Cloudwork® is proud to advise the availability of Cloudwork PlatformID v1 supporting Apple Mac's Extensible SSO and Platform SSO v1.


Schools planning their 2024 device management need to know more about the status and relevance of this announcement.

Image source: Apple.com

Let's start with a quick re-cap:

Apple announced both Extensible SSO and Platform SSO v1 at their June, 2022 WWDC. The announcement stated:
  • Extensible SSO will allow seamless single sign-on for users, instead of separate sign-ons for device access, apps and websites.
  • Platform SSO allows school administrators to use identity provider (IdP) credentials to centrally manage passwords, permissions and group memberships.
  • To support these new features, Identity Providers needed to build an installable extension for the managed Mac devices.
  • At the time of announcement, very scant details or documentation were available to Identity Providers to build this new extension.
  • Cloudwork responded to these announcements by committing to providing support for both Extensible and Platform SSO.
In a significant first for local innovation, Cloudwork® is proud to advise the availability of Cloudwork PlatformID v1 supporting Apple Mac's Extensible SSO and Platform SSO v1.

Using Jamf Pro as the Mobile Device Manager (MDM) and Cloudwork as the Identity Provider we'd like to walk you through an end-to-end experience starting from a clean Mac moving on to password synchronisation and desktop and web sign-on integration. The walk through can be experienced via these four videos:
But the story does not end there.

At the June 2023 WWDC Apple announced the availability of Platform SSO v2, significantly enhancing its functional range and value:

  • Supports local accounts: Platform SSO is designed to be a modern replacement for binding to directory services.
  • Integrates into macOS: Platform SSO is integrated with macOS and doesn't use JavaScript or render webpages for authentication.
  • Creating users on demand: New local user accounts can be created on demand at the login window using IdP credentials.
  • Integrates IdP group membership with macOS: Mobile device management (MDM) configurable groups can be used to manage account permissions.
  • Enables the use of network accounts for Authorization: Groups can also be used to authorize network accounts.
  • Supports multiple authentication methods: Platform SSO supports many different authentication methods with an IdP.
Cloudwork® has committed to building support for v2 into Cloudwork's PlatformID feature.

Our target is to have v2 available this year for testing in Q4 2023, in time to support schools for the 2024 academic year.

There's a lot in this announcement.

Start your 2024 planning process now! Contact us to arrange a planning session to work through the best options for your school community.

Monday 6 February 2023

SBS Insight Identity Crime program

SBS Insight: Identity Crime

The SBS Insight program has prepared an episode devoted to Identity Crime. I attended the recording of the episode last night as a non-speaking audience member.

Some of the stories are absolutely harrowing.

They included examples of breaches involving schools. This is a don't miss episode for anybody interested in identity theft and resulting crimes - especially in the education community.

I am so glad that Studentnet is investing so much effort into our Identity Protection initiative for Australian schools.

Insight's Identity Crime episode is scheduled to broadcast on February 28.

Kevin Karp, Studentnet 

Thursday 26 January 2023

Welcome to 2023 - the year of Identity Protection

New Year, New Challenges

2023 - the year elevating the importance of protecting your school's identity and the identities of all of the members of your community be they staff, students and parents.

We'd like to take this opportunity of welcoming all of the new schools that are joining us for the first time in 2023 plus all of our existing outstanding school community. We can see all of the great work that you're doing bringing on board your new cohort of students, parents and teachers. 

We've got a busy year of major feature enhancements planned for Cloudwork to make your life easier and to make your community more secure. For now, it's been a pleasure and honour to work with you all during what is always a busy and stressful time.

Congratulations on another successful start to the academic year!

The Studentnet Team