Qatargas secures corporate network with DIGIPASS and IDENTIKEY
Qatargas pioneered the liquefied natural gas industry in Qatar. With remote offices and offshore plants, Qatargas was looking for a secure remote access solution allowing its employees and contractors worldwide to access its corporate network and business applications. By implementing IDENTIKEY Authentication Server software together with DIGIPASS hardware authenticators and DIGIPASS for Mobile into its Citrix metaframe, the company is assured that its business critical applications and information cannot be accessed by unauthorized users.
Secure all business applications ensuring data integrity for all business departments and operation services and provide secure remote access for workforce and contractors.
Implement a Citrix compliant solution that secures the company’s network and applications enabling remote access for executive management, remote offices and contractors.
DIGIPASS has leveraged the security level of Qatargas’ remote network and business applications through the use of dynamic one-time passwords. DIGIPASS in combination with IDENTIKEY is fully compliant with Citrix’ solutions hence providing secure remote access to the Citrix metaframe.
Key Project Principles
VASCO eliminates the weakest link in the security chain
Addressing its growing concerns about data security and data integrity, Qatargas implemented Citrix Secure Gateway to provide secure Internet based access to its network and vital applications and providing its employees and contractors secured access to the servers from outside the corporate network through a Citrix portal site. However, in order to access the Citrix portal employees still need to logon. To enable remote network access without affecting the integrity of the computer systems and data, Qatargas realized that they needed to apply an extra security layer.
DIGIPASS as single access point to corporate network
Qatargas chose to implement DIGIPASS GO 6 in combination with the server software IDENTIKEY to secure remote access to its corporate network. The DIGIPASS devices generate one-time passwords that expire automatically after 32 seconds. Once the server has validated this password, the user is authenticated into the Citrix Metaframe environment. Users at remote offices get to see the same desktop and applications as they would at the main office. The hardware device acts as a single access point into the corporate network and provides employees and contractors with a secure connection to the corporate network.
Mobile authentication for overseas offices
Qatargas also deployed mobile authentication. DIGIPASS for Mobile is a software solution offering strong authentication using a mobile device. The technology leverages existing mobile platforms and eliminates the need to distribute additional hardware or software to end-users, simplifying the deployment process and reducing costs. VASCO’s technology also offers synchronization between server and platform. This means that DIGIPASS for Mobile will continue to be fully operational when traveling through different time zones; turning it into a true mobile solution that can be used anywhere, anytime.
“The fact that VASCO’s solutions are reliable and simple to manage, was a decisive factor in the decision making process," said Mohammed Abu-Nejim, Head of Data Networks, Qatargas. The DIGIPASS/IDENTIKEY combination proved to be a success thanks to the remarkable user friendliness; cost-effectiveness and scalability. It allows employees to access the company’s network anywhere at any time; resulting in a higher productivity.
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