The University of Birmingham wanted to implement a centralised two-factor/multi-factor authentication solution to provide an extra layer of security when authenticating to specific University resources, or when authenticating from untrusted network locations.
The solution needed to have a professional look and feel as well as providing a simple and refined user experience. It also needed to be easy to implement and have a minimal impact on staff resource from a day-to-day management perspective.
Further, the solution had to be cost effective, work with a combination of hard and soft tokens and must support 5,000 users from day one with the ability to scale up to over 40,000 users in the future depending on the University’s requirements.
Partnering with SBL, Verisec proposed a solution using the widely deployed Freja product suite, comprising:
Integrating with various applications allowed the University to deploy 2FA to more users and more applications than ever before. With its broad user base the University loved the ability to easily integrate with applications and directories as well as allowing the flexibility of token choice.
The initial Freja project deployment took a day of onsite consultancy time. Further configuration work was required to fully complete the deployment, but the simplicity of setup and integration meant the solution was ready to be used by the University’s IT personnel after approximately two days of work. This allowed the University to then plan its deployment strategy for ensuring a smooth transition for its vast user base. The ability to work from anywhere, with any device at any time is a must for any organisation wanting to deliver services to its customer base. The Freja 2FA solution allowed the University to expand its current service provision well beyond its predecessor.
The University is now beginning to look at further ways at expanding the service following the successful deployment to allow Freja to act as the single point for authentication and allowing users to use a single secure token method for accessing many applications.
The University has chosen Verisec’s proprietary solution Freja ID that is part of a larger platform of digital trust that provides a secure digital identity for the user. Based on the platform, services that are founded on secure, encrypted and traceable communications can be created. The platform is scalable with the ability to connect a large number of users, which can be very beneficial for the public sector with its many customers. Using Verisec’s platform as a foundation for secure login with strong authentication provides the opportunity to further build on secure messaging, e-signing and many other services.
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