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Western & Southern Financial Selects Novell Identity Management Solutions

The solution helps the organization map business roles to IT entitlements, allowing it to provision access to systems and resources based on the user's role in the organization.

Western & Southern Financial Group has chosen Novell Access Governance Suite and Novell Identity Manager to automate and improve compliance processes.

As the foundation of its identity management platform, Western & Southern uses Novell Identity Manager to automatically synchronize user identity information across multiple systems including Novell eDirectory(TM), Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange. In the past, manual provisioning processes could often take up to a week. Now the IT team can provision new users with access to everything they need in less than a day, according to a release.

The combination of Novell Identity Manager and Novell Access Governance Suite helps Western & Southern map business roles to IT entitlements, allowing the company to provision access to systems and resources based on the user's role in the organization. The company can then certify to auditors that the appropriate roles and entitlements are in place according to internal policies and external regulations.

"While compliance management is complex and necessary, it doesn't have to be a costly burden in this rapidly changing economic environment," said Justin Steinman, Vice President of Solution and Product Marketing at Novell. "Using Novell solutions to automate provisioning processes and monitor user access rights is a cost effective way for Western & Southern to meet these goals."

Western & Southern has been working with Deloitte on its enterprise roles management initiative to automate the company's compliance processes.

"The amount of time and energy required by companies to achieve compliance with a host of regulatory requirements is growing exponentially," Lyle Carlson, Director at Deloitte & Touche, stated. "Establishing a roles-based infrastructure is a smart way for clients to simplify and automate much of their compliance management."

Melanie Rodier has worked as a print and broadcast journalist for over 10 years, covering business and finance, general news, and film trade news. Prior to joining Wall Street & Technology in April 2007, Melanie lived in Paris, where she worked for the International Herald ... View Full Bio

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