Magazine article Security Management

Convergence: Merging Access Controls

Magazine article Security Management

Convergence: Merging Access Controls

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JOHN HAS LOGGED INTO his desktop computer using the correct authentication credentials and is busily copying files from the network. The problem is, however, that John is on a business trip and couldn't possibly be at his desk. So who is?

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That situation could have been prevented if the physical and logical access control systems were working together, so that John--or someone pretending to be him--would not have had access to the network from a corporate desktop if he hadn't first badged in. Similarly, if John were logged on to the network remotely, no one could have come into the building pretending to be him--the system would have recognized that he was already remotely authenticated to the network and therefore couldn't possibly be at the door using his badge.

Imprivata's OneSign appliance helps accomplish this convergence of access control systems, says Geoff Hogan, senior vice president, business development and product management, at the Lexington, Massachusetts-based company. Hogan explains that traditionally it's been difficult for companies to correlate three events--physical access to a building, local access to a network from within the building, and someone trying to access that network remotely. …

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