Entrust IdentityGuard Enables Georgia-based Hospital Network to Deploy Strong Authentication for Remote Access



    
    Grid card deployment saves hospital money, enables more wide-spread
    authentication for network access

    
    DALLAS, Aug. 19 /CNW/ -- To comply with HIPAA regulations, the
Georgia-based Gwinnett Medical Center already was leveraging two-factor
authentication via hardware tokens in order to protect patient files,
sensitive medical data and clinical information. The solution, however, was
cost-prohibitive to deploy to a wider audience and cumbersome for the medical
staff to use. To address these concerns, Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) turned
to Entrust, Inc. (Nasdaq:   ENTU) and the Entrust IdentityGuard versatile
authentication platform, a cornerstone of a layered security approach.
    "From a cost perspective, it was just hard to top the versatility and
strength of the Entrust IdentityGuard authentication solution, but the
usability for our staff members really put the Entrust solution over the top,"
said Rick Allen, IT director at Gwinnett Medical Center. "We now are able to
save money across the board and deploy strong enterprise authentication for a
larger group of users, and the employees can just carry the grid cards with
their ID badges, which makes them much easier to keep track of than a key-fob
token. In addition, the platform supports a wide array of authenticators that,
in the future, can help us secure a variety of applications that also house
sensitive patient information."
    Facilitated by trusted partner PossibleNOW, Entrust IdentityGuard with
one of its innovative authentication capabilities, grid cards is now used to
authenticate GMC doctors and staff who wish to remotely access the corporate
network via SSL VPN. Gwinnett will initially deploy grid cards to be deployed
to 1,500 current users, who are being migrated to the new system as their
current tokens expire. The solution may be expanded to secure as many as 3,000
users in the future.
    "The importance of protecting sensitive patient information is obvious,
but Gwinnett Medical Center should be applauded for implementing an easier,
more cost-effective authentication platform to assist in their compliance with
regulatory requirements," said Entrust Chairman, President and Chief Executive
Officer Bill Conner. "Not only are they solving this current pain point and
reducing cost, they're implementing a comprehensive versatile authentication
platform with capabilities to help address a variety of security challenges
that they may experience in the future."
    Entrust IdentityGuard's gird card is a secure and simple form factor that
is easily stored, carried and produced. In addition, PossibleNOW created a
custom card-production application that allows the hospital to easily print,
distribute and manage the card-production process in-house, helping to further
reduce cost and streamline protocol. The Atlanta-based security vendor
provides consulting services and designs, develops and implements online
applications.
    Gwinnett Medical Center also plans to leverage the Entrust versatile
authentication platform to help secure access to a Web-based physician portal
application.
    Entrust IdentityGuard enables organizations to layer security --
according to access requirements or the risk of a given transaction -- across
diverse users and applications. The platform's authentication options include
username and password, IP-geolocation, machine/device, questions and answers,
out-of- band one-time passcode (delivered via voice, SMS or e-mail), grid
cards and a range of one-time-passcode tokens. Entrust IdentityGuard also
provides multiple methods of supporting mutual authentication, including
picture and caption replay.
    With a flagship facility in Lawrenceville, Ga., Gwinnett Medical Center
is a not-for-profit healthcare network that provides an array of high-quality
services and facilities to both Lawrenceville and Duluth, which anchor the
Gwinnett region in Georgia. Tracing its heritage back more than 60 years, the
Gwinnett Medical Center includes three hospitals plus additional supporting
medical facilities, which are serviced by more than 4,300 employees and 800
affiliated physicians. In 2007, GMC provided care to more than 400,000
patients.
    
    About Entrust
    
    Entrust (Nasdaq:   ENTU) secures digital identities and information for
consumers, enterprises and governments in more than 1,700 organizations
spanning 60 countries. Leveraging a layered security approach to address
growing risks, Entrust solutions help secure the most common digital identity
and information protection pain points in an organization. These include SSL,
authentication, fraud detection, shared data protection and e-mail security.
For information, call 888-690-2424, e-mail entrust@entrust.com or visit
http://www.entrust.com.
    Entrust is a registered trademark of Entrust, Inc. in the United States
and certain other countries. In Canada, Entrust is a registered trademark of
Entrust Limited. All Entrust product names are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Entrust, Inc. or Entrust Limited. All other company and product
names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.




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