Imprivata, the employee access management company, announced that Westinghouse Rail Systems, a provider in signaling and integrated control systems for railways, has implemented Imprivata OneSign to provide employees across five major UK sites and 11 global satellite sites with improved access to a range of business-critical applications via strong authentication management, finger biometrics and single sign-on.
Through Imprivata partner Somerford Associates, more than 1,500 Westinghouse employees has enabled the organization to reduce IT help desk costs by cutting down password reset calls. Westinghouse has also improved employee productivity and user satisfaction by replacing complex multiple password requirements for more than 15 disparate applications including the HR intranet, expenses, Web-driven and legacy applications with single sign-on delivered through the OneSign appliance.
Additionally, via OneSign, Westinghouse has enabled fingerprint biometrics as a secondary factor of secure authentication for IT staff, providing an extra layer of security for mobile workers and IT staff using critical applications. With OneSign now delivering streamlined access to users at the organization's main site in Chippenham, the IT project team has also installed a secondary appliance at a disaster recovery site in Euston, to ensure employees can continue to access applications via single sign-on even in the event of an IT outage.
"An IT satisfaction survey showed that our users' major frustration was having to remember multiple passwords for applications; on top of those passwords that were being reset at regular intervals, leading to locked out unproductive staff," said John Woodriff, Application Architect of Westinghouse Rail Systems. "With OneSign, we are able to simplify user access through single sign-on which helps boost employee productivity by streamlining the log-on process, reducing the number of locked out users whilst delivering the right levels of security for our organization."