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Multi-Factor Authentication Installed At BlueStar Energy

DigitalPersona : 04 February, 2011  (Application Story)
DititalPersona has supplied multi-factor authentication solution which includes the use of fingerprint biometric technology
BlueStar Energy Solutions has deployed DigitalPersona Pro to improve data protection and increase employee productivity. DigitalPersona Pro enables BlueStar Energy to restrict access to shared thin-client terminals to only properly-authorised employees. Using strong multi-factor authentication that includes both fingerprint biometrics and passwords, DigitalPersona Pro helps BlueStar protect critical information by giving the company accurate control over who is actually accessing applications and data. BlueStar’s confidential resources remain protected while authorised employees can quickly and easily access needed information from any computer in the company.



As one of the fastest-growing energy suppliers in the United States, BlueStar Energy needed to upgrade its security system as its sales force expanded. The company’s previous smart card deployment had grown costly and time-consuming to support and could not scale effectively as the company grew. BlueStar deployed DigitalPersona Pro in conjunction with Wyse thin-client terminals. Employees use fingerprint authentication and passwords to gain access to their applications. The company integrated DigitalPersona Pro with their Microsoft Active Directory back end, providing them with the flexibility to set and adjust security policies on all terminals as needed. With the solution’s fast logon and user switching, BlueStar Energy is now able to provide employees with convenient access via multiple, shared thin-client terminals and reduce the risk of expensive data breaches.



“Because the ramifications from security breaches are so high, we feel that having a multi-layered, multi-factor security system in place is critical to our business,” said Tom Keen, CIO and CTO at BlueStar Energy. “We are now able to leverage the increased security of fingerprint biometrics while also improving employee productivity. We’ve also established a technology infrastructure that is more flexible and capable of rapidly scaling to meet our growth projections.”



DigitalPersona Pro provides a flexible platform that supports a wide set of strong authentication methods across a broad set of applications. The platform includes support for multi-factor authentication such as fingerprint biometrics, smart cards or tokens. In an environment such as BlueStar Energy’s, which requires employees to use multiple terminals, DigitalPersona Pro stores user credentials on the server eliminating the need for users to re-register their credentials at each computer. By leveraging Active Directory for administration, IT managers can configure and deploy security policies using the familiar approach of Group Policy Objects. DigitalPersona Pro makes users' authentication credentials and authorised data available at each computer within the domain so a user can quickly log onto any managed workstation with their fingerprint. In addition, DigitalPersona Pro can simplify user login to enterprise applications, including traditional Windows applications, Web apps, terminals, and Citrix or similar software thin-client solutions and even eliminate the use of traditional password login.



“With DigitalPersona Pro, businesses can apply their choice of strong, multi-factor authentication policies across critical data and applications from a single, centrally-managed system,” said Jim Fulton, vice president of marketing at DigitalPersona, Inc. “This gives our customers, including BlueStar, the flexibility to improve security, simplify compliance and boost productivity, all at the same time.”
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