Moving to protect the records of its 60,000 students and faculty, a Scandinavian university has opted to implement an authentication solution supplied by Entrust IdentityGuard that will allow record access only by authorized parties.
Goeteborg University chooses strong authentication solution to help protect student and faculty records with Entrust IdentityGuard
DALLAS–In order to help protect records from 60,000 students and faculty so that those records can only be accessed by authorized parties, Goeteborg University plans to implement Entrust IdentityGuard from Entrust, Inc. represented by the Entrust Nordic distributor Pointsec. Entrust IdentityGuard is a cost effective and user friendly solution that provides a range of authentication options supported from a single platform.
“We wanted an authentication solution that would provide strong security but also be easy to use for our students and faculty and also be economical to manage,” said Sven-Elof Kristenson, IT manager at Goeteborg University. “Because we can combine the Entrust IdentityGuard grid authentication capability with the identity cards we already issue to our students and faculty at the beginning of the school term, it fit seamlessly into our existing system and will give us the ability to make even more services available online for everyone.”
The university chose the Entrust IdentityGuard because it offered unprecedented flexibility. Because the Entrust IdentityGuard grid authentication capability can be used to access records administration, file storage, reports, e-mail and calendar functions, it was a natural choice for stronger authentication. Ease of integration and usability also were factors that led to the decision to implement Entrust IdentityGuard.
“Universities have the unique challenge of wanting to be an open forum for the educational process to flourish, but they also are charged to keep some of the most sensitive information on students,” said Entrust Senior Vice President Kevin Simzer. “Goeteborg University recognized they could offer stronger authentication through adding the Entrust IdentityGuard grid solution to an existing ID card. They definitely get bonus points for thinking ahead and being proactive when it comes to offering more services to their students and faculty online but doing it in a way that is secure.”
One of the largest universities in Scandanavia, Goeteborg University has about 51,000 students and 5,500 employees. With its eight faculties and approximately sixty departments, Goeteborg University is also the most wide- ranging and versatile university in Sweden, offering unique opportunities for cooperation and development.
“Goeteborg University paves the way for other similar organizations that want to be open and maintain tight security at the same time,” said Thomas Bill, CEO of Protect Data, Pointsec’s parent company. “The university is one of the largest in the region with many users. That demands a scalable solution such as Entrust IdentityGuard. It’s also easy to use and manage, which is a key factor if you want to have a cost effective security solution.”
The order was booked in the first fiscal quarter of 2006.
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