Clever, the platform powering digital learning for over 75% of US K-12 schools, announced its new service, Clever MFA+, to help districts facing growing cybersecurity incidents in schools. The platform’s latest offering aims to protect sensitive data by providing a dual layer of authentication that’s easy for administrators and educators to use.
As a part of the initiative, Clever MFA+ serves as a holistic, all-in-one solution that helps districts quickly secure access to critical applications:
- Staff-and teacher-friendly factors: Clever MFA+ offers a variety of authentication options, including app tokens (TOTP), SMS codes, voice calls and hardware tokens, and biometrics.
- Clever MFA+ into familiar devices and apps: The solution covers Chromebooks and Windows devices while integrating with Google Workspace, Azure, AD and ADFS and any additional apps available with SAML, OpenIDConnect, or OAuth2.
- One secure Clever login: This new offering means sensitive applications and devices can be protected behind one secure login and with one familiar, trusted single-sign-on partner.
Speaking about the development, the Group Product Manager of Clever, Mohit Gupta, said:
With the growing sophistication of hackers, we designed this tool to support the realities of schools today, offering busy teachers and staff peace of mind. Clever MFA+ helps districts prevent malicious account access, meet insurance requirements, and ensure a safe and secure learning environment.
Clever MFA+ is now available at a low price per staff user per year, and schools benefit from free set-up and support to make adoption seamless and quick. The Clever SSO portal for students remains free of charge. Districts can use built-in MFA functionality to secure the Clever Portal for users with admin access and the existing Clever Badges + Pin functionality to protect students’ accounts today.
Dylan Jones, Instructional Technology and Data Coordinator of Sunflower County Consolidated School District added:
Our instructional programs all filter through Clever — and some of our most sensitive information is rostered into those programs. Having a second layer of protection is paramount. Clever MFA+ provides seamless protection for an app that all teachers and staff are used to and familiar with! We already do identity management, rostering, and the single sign-on Portal with Clever, so MFA made sense.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Clever believes technology is a powerful lever to make education equitable for all and the fastest way to improve educational outcomes now. The company aims to connect every student to a world of learning. The startup claims that over 95,000 US K–12 schools use the platform, including 97 of the largest 100 districts.