West Midlands Police Selects Courion Suite to Manage and Monitor Access Rights for Gateway Project
Courion Access Assurance Suite to Serve 15,000 UK Police Officers and Support Staff in Groundbreaking National Identity Access Project
LONDON, UK — May 3, 2011 — Courion® Corporation, leaders in access governance, compliance, and provisioning is supplying West Midlands Police, the UK's second largest police force, with its Access Assurance Suite™ solution. This identity and access management (IAM) deployment will deliver a complete solution for creating, managing and monitoring user access rights. This project marks the final phase of a five year, 13-project technology transformation as part of the Force's groundbreaking Gateway Programme.
The Force's Gateway Programme is intended to ensure that access to information, buildings and systems is given to the right people at the right time. The need for strong identity management is also mandatory for access to national systems such as the Police National Database, which provides a consolidated pool of nationwide police information and intelligence.
The roll-out of Courion's Access Assurance Suite to all 15,000 West Midlands Police employees is due to be completed by the end of the year, enabling comprehensive access certification and compliance management, role lifecycle management, user provisioning and password management.
The ability to share information rapidly across all police forces is increasingly vital. But this access comes with a responsibility to ensure that the right people have the appropriate access to information, and also that such access can be tracked. It's also important to identify that users requesting access to such information are who they say they are.
"Without wishing to sound dramatic, some of the data accessed by the police force on a daily basis can be life threatening if it falls into the wrong hands, so it is critical to verify that all access is appropriate," said Paul Williamson, Programme Manager for Gateway at West Midlands Police. "The aim of the project is to automate what has been a bureaucratic, slow, manual access management process. What won it for Courion was the solution's ease of implementation and simplicity, combined with the fact that it offers so much functionality behind the scenes. Many systems we looked at were also heavy in terms of support costs – something that is not the case with Courion's Access Assurance Suite."
Courion's Access Assurance Suite was selected from a list of 19 offered solutions, which was in turn reduced to a short list of five candidates during a stringent year-long selection process. The Force identified a need for automated identity management and found Courion's Access Assurance Suite fit the desired strategy perfectly.
"The Courion Access Assurance Suite ensures that the right people have the right access to the right resources, and are using them in the right way," explained Marc Lee, director of sales for EMEA, Courion. "Nowhere is that access assurance more critical than when dealing with sensitive data that could potentially save lives. By overhauling and updating its IAM processes, the West Midlands Police force has made great strides to better serve and protect its community, both while in uniform and in the data centre."
Courion's unique approach to identity, access and compliance management ensures that only the right people have the right access to the right resources and are doing the right things. Access Assurance unifies Access Governance, Access Compliance and Access Provisioning in the most complex, heterogeneous environments. This comprehensive approach increases operational efficiency and transparency, strengthens security, and improves compliance, while delivering the industry's fastest time to value and lowest total cost of ownership.
Courion's award-winning Access Assurance Suite solutions are used by more than 450 organizations and over 12 million users worldwide to quickly and easily solve their most complex identity and access management (password management, provisioning, and role management), risk and compliance challenges. Courion's business-driven approach results in unparalleled customer success by ensuring users' access rights and activities are compliant with policy while supporting both security and business objectives. For more information, please visit our website at www.courion.com, our blog at blog.courion.com, or on Twitter at twitter.com/Courion.« Back to Press Room