University of Surrey selects CRYPTOCard’s CRYPTO-MAS to secure remote network access

29 Sep 2010

29 September 2010, Bristol, UK: University of Surrey, a leading British institution of higher education, has selected CRYPTO-MAS – CRYPTOCard’s user-friendly two-factor authentication managed service – to ensure that only authorised users can access its servers and network.

CRYPTO-MAS secures the digital identities of authorised personnel through two-factor authentication, enabling the University of Surrey to provide secure access to online resources – such as internal web applications and services. The University has used CRYPTOCard products since 2005 and chose to move to the CRYPTO-MAS managed service following the recommendation from partner Data Integration that this would reduce overheads and simplify management of the solution. The University uses the CRYPTO-MAS service to secure access for 70 IT workers and 30 support staff.

Hilary Sherlock, Operations and Network Team Leader at the University of Surrey, says: “This solution has worked perfectly for us as it allows secure access to administer core systems of the university, such as the email system and importantly access to documentation stored on the network. CRYPTO-MAS was the natural selection for us, as it is a flexible solution that has integrated seamlessly with our Juniper-based suite of services.”

“Complementing the remote access and security solutions we have implemented at the University of Surrey, CRYPTO-MAS is a market-leading technology that is easy-to-use and provides the University with control of their own infrastructure,” says Paul Phillips, Public Sector Practice Director, Data Integration.

Neil Hollister, President and CEO of CRYPTOCard, says: “Remote access is key to uninterrupted running of university networks, however, traditional passwords provide inadequate protection for the highly sensitive data handled by educational institutions. The University of Surrey has recognised the importance of the highly secure two-factor authentication, and we are thrilled our CRYPTO-MAS solution can provide the necessary peace of mind for the University.”

About the University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s leading professional, scientific and technological universities with a world class research profile and a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Ground-breaking research at the University is bringing direct benefit to all spheres of life – helping industry to maintain its competitive edge and creating improvements in the areas of health, medicine, space science, the environment, communications, defence and social policy. Programmes in science and technology have gained widespread recognition and it also boasts flourishing programmes in dance and music, social sciences, management and languages and law. In addition to the campus on 150 hectares just outside Guildford, Surrey, the University also owns and runs the Surrey Research Park, which provides facilities for 140 companies employing 2,700 staff.

The Sunday Times names Surrey as ‘The University for Jobs' which underlines the university’s growing reputation for providing high quality, relevant degrees.

Surrey is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

About CRYPTOCard

CRYPTOCard, the authentication authority, helps organizations mitigate the risk of identity theft by using appropriate authentication to secure digital identities. Headquartered in Canada and the UK, CRYPTOCard’s products are used by thousands of companies in more than 70 countries globally.

CRYPTOCard’s award-winning authentication platform benefits its users by delivering an exceptionally low cost of ownership. The platform, available as a cloud based service or server based application, offers unrivalled automated provisioning to reduce management time by up to 90%, and an innovative and wide ranging mix of hardware, software, SMS, phone or grid based tokens to ensure that any business's authentication framework strategy is fully covered.

Established in 1989 and with a proud heritage of technology and product leadership, CRYPTOCard’s flagship product, CRYPTO- MAS, is the world’s first enterprise cloud-based authentication platform, offering users the greatest management functionality and the widest and most innovative range of tokens available on any cloud based authentication service.

About Data Integration

Data Integration is one of the UK’s leading networking, security and communication technology providers. The company specialises in network security, application optimisation, mobility solutions, high performance networks, IP telephony and open access networks. Data Integration serves more than 300 customers in the UK, spanning the private and public sectors.

Data Integration’s Common Service Platform, enables customers to transition to cloud based IT models with security, visibility, governance and billing assured.

Data Integration was acquired by Xchanging plc in June 2010. Xchanging is one of the largest and fastest growing business processors. Xchanging provides procurement, accounting, human resources and technology services across industries. These include banking, insurance, manufacturing, retail and real estate among others. With a wide range of multinational customers in 42 countries and employing over 8,000 people, Xchanging is a truly global company.