Working with its partner, ITHealth, the Trust chose the single sign-on (SSO) solution from Imprivata for its ability to implement an identity management system that links to the physical network and enforces security policy across the Trust’s computing assets.
Imprivata OneSign is an access and identity management solution which provides strong authentication support across all applications – local and national, single sign-on and the ability to integrate physical security systems.
Key features and benefits of Imprivata OneSign include:
- Replaces multiple passwords and provides a centrally managed
user log-on which works with ALL applications – legacy, web apps/
gui’s novell, & client/server apps
- Single consolidated user identity where IT can approve or deny
network access depending upon a user’s physical location, role,
and/or employee status
- Lowers help desk costs through reduced password issues
- Increases user productivity
The strong authentication factors are combined in a single card with both chip and pin and proximity functionality, so that once users are authenticated they will automatically be granted access to all the applications that they are permitted to use.
Following a pilot phase in 2008, the Trust began its roll-out of SSO and strong authentication with a new application for women’s services, with access given to PAS, maternity, Labs and X-ray systems as well as local databases, covering 500 users.
During the later stages of 2008, the solution was rolled out across various departments including Finance, HR, and Supplies and it was anticipated that by the 3rd quarter of 2009 all staff members would be using smart cards for single sign-on. By June 2009, 9,000 staff had been issued with new cards, 10,000+ staff had been registered onto the spine, 2,000+ staff were using SSO via smartcard and over 20 applications were made accessible via Single Sign-On.