Large Florida district automates computer access

Florida’s Palm Beach County School District serves over 170,000 students from kindergarten to grade 12, in over 200 schools. For years the district's IT staff had been using manual processes to manage user access to various systems, but the large number of students moving into and out of the school system each year, coupled with staff turnover, made the old way untenable. In place of its manual process, the district - the 11th largest public school district in the United States - needed a automatic system of creating, modifying, and disabling access for students and staff.

The district selected Courion’s Access Assurance Suite to automate self-service password management and to manage application access for faculty, staff, students and parents.

“The sheer volume of accounts used in our District requires a solution that allows us to automate processes and ensure all users have appropriate access to the right applications, depending on their role,” said Hernando Celada, Director – IT Infrastructure & Security at Palm Beach County’s School District. “We selected Courion’s Suite for its ability to be deployed rapidly throughout our District, improve the user experience, and support our audit compliance requirements.”

Palm Beach County School District encompasses all of Palm Beach County, Florida and operates 106 elementary schools, 33 middle schools, 23 high schools, 41 charter schools, and 17 alternative schools. It operates with approximately 21,700 employees, and 36,000 volunteers.