Saudi Aramco gets smart with new security card and access solution

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By  Published  October 31, 2006

Oil giant Saudi Aramco is to equip 45,000 employees with IT authentication devices including identity smart cards in a multimillion dollar deal aimed at increasing security and cutting costs.

The firm has purchased ActivIdentity's Enterprise Access Card (EAC) solution - a smart card - which employees can use to log onto their PCs and access applications on the network.

The EAC solution consolidates employee credentials onto a single, secure smart card providing a photo ID as well as a security device that enables secure Windows and network login, PC 'locking', secure remote access virtual private network (VPN), secure e-mail with digital signatures, and single sign-on to enterprise and desktop applications. Employees can also access buildings and other facilities with the same cards. Initially the cards will be issued to around 45,000 Aramco employees around the world - an implementation process that should be completed by the first half of next year.

The EAC solution will be gradually rolled out to employees across the rest of the organisation if the initial deployment proves to be successful.

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