Municipality of Arnhem deploys DIGIPASS GO 6 and DIGIPASS Plug-in for Novell to guarantee secure remote access for its employees
The local government in the city of Arnhem fulfills the role of service provider to its citizens, coordinating administrative duties and developing policies in environmental, education and infrastructure domains. To enable employees to work securely from home or while on the road, Arnhem deployed two-factor authentication using VASCO’s DIGIPASS GO 6 and DIGIPASS Plug-in for Novell to guarantee secure, remote access for its employees to its network.
The municipality of Arnhem was searching for a secure and easy way to allow employees to work from home.
The security solution needed to fit perfectly into the existing infrastructure, while the total cost of ownership needed to remain low.
The combination of VASCO’s DIGIPASS Plug-in for Novell and DIGIPASS GO 6 could be seamlessly integrated in the municipality’s remote access solution. Because additional installations were unnecessary and thanks to the long lifetime span of the authentication devices, the costs remained low.
Key Project Principles
Strong authentication to safeguard confidential information
Remote workers at the municipality of Arnhem are required to access client data, confidential documents and other sensitive information. However, the possibility arises of unauthorized users also obtaining this kind of information and using it to their advantage. When remote access is only protected with a weak static password, it is very easy for fraudsters to gain access to the organization’s network. The consequences could be disastrous, as th e databases of a local government contain private documents and confidential information. A very effective way to minimize the risk of identity fraud and unauthorized access is two-factor authentication. VASCO’s solutions replace insecure static passwords with dynamic ones (one-time-passwords or OTPs). Dynamic passwords are only valid for a limited amount of time and cannot be reused at the next logon, therefore ensuring only authorized users gain access and reducing the risk of password fraud.
“Strong authentication has always been a prerogative, considering our employees are working with a lot of confidential data and other sensitive information. We chose VASCO because of different reasons. First of all, VASCO’s authentication solutions minimize the total cost of ownership.Second, the solutions we opted for – DIGIPASS GO 6 authenticators and DIGIPASS Plug-in for Novell at the back-end – could be seamlessly integrated into our existing IT infrastructure. And, last but not least, the long life expectancy of the authentication devices was also an important reason to choose VASCO to secure our remote access solution.”
John Jacobs, Technical Support Department, municipality of Arnhem
Over a thousand employees log on with DIGIPASS GO 6
Together with DIGIPASS Plug-in for Novell, the municipality of Arnhem went for DIGIPASS GO 6 authentication devices. These one-button, easy to use authenticators are an effective measure against identity theft and e-fraud. At the push of a button, DIGIPASS GO 6 produces a one-time-password. When working from home or on the road and logging in to the network, employees at the municipality of Arnhem have to type in their username, PIN code and OTP generated by their DIGIPASS GO 6. The DIGIPASS Plug-in for Novell will intercept these data submitted by the user and perform an authentication session. Once approved, the employee will gain authorized access to the network and applications. This method is very transparent to the users, allowing them to log-on securely in a user-friendly way. The approximate lifetime expectancy of seven years makes DIGIPASS GO 6 a highly reliable device. This allows the municipality of Arnhem to be sure that the devices distributed amongst the employees will last for a long period of time. Over a thousand employees have been equipped with DIGIPASS GO 6 to safely log-on to the network when working out of office.
“DIGIPASS Plug-in for Novell and DIGIPASS GO 6 met all the requirements we had for a security solution: they are effective, could be seamlessly integrated in our existing infrastructure, and at the same time remain affordable and user-friendly", said John Jacobs, Technical Support Department of the municipality of Arnhem.
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