On August 7th, 2017 CSC Online (Sakai) will switch to using CSC’s Single Sign On (SSO) authentication service. Prior to this date, CSC Online required a unique password. After August 7th, all faculty members, students, and staff will sign into CSC Online with their CSC Campus Credentials.
Campus credentials are used to sign into the following systems:
- Office365 (includes Email, Sharepoint, Skype for Business, Word Online)
- CSC Online (Sakai)
- Campus computers
*Tk20 username is email without @eagles.csc.edu
Instructions for Logging into CSC Online
2. Click the CSC Login button, which opens the CSC Single Sign On page.
3. Enter your full email (email@example.com) and password, then click the Sign In button. You will be redirected back to CSC Online as a logged in user.
Why did CSC make this change?
Teaching & Learning Technologies and Information Technology staff launched this project with the following 3 goals in mind:
- Improve the user experience for students, faculty and staff
- Increase the security of CSC’s technology systems and services
- Maintain a high level of service availability
Improve User Experience — based on help desk reporting, the most common support request are password-related issues. From the perspective of many students and incoming faculty, SSO is commonplace as many institutions have already implemented SSO policies and services. Adding CSC Online to the growing list of SSO-capable services is a step forward in creating a better experience for faculty and students to teach and learn with technology.
Increase Security — with SSO, the security of our user’s credentials and data is improved by enforcing password policies, and ensuring that all authentication is routed through CSC’s secure login service. Per security industry publications, single sign-on improves account security by eliminating areas a password can be compromised. It also allows users to choose one strong password for multiple services, rather than using multiple weak passwords which are easier to remember.
Maintain Service Availability – the most common arguments against implementing SSO for CSC Online is related to the availability of the LMS when the sign-on service is experiencing problems. In the past several years, many improvements have been made to increase the reliability of CSC’s login service by implementing connection redundancy and backups. Additionally, the technologies powering SSO have improved greatly.
Based on these 3 goals, this project has resulted in a great opportunity to improve the services supporting our student and faculty experiences at CSC.