The college implements identity management system across its campuses
NEC Philips Unified Solutions has deployed a new identity management system at the City of Sunderland College to manage the identity and access rights of its staff and 15,000 students across five campuses.
Dave Ritchie, IT services manager at the City of Sunderland College, said: “The college has traditionally worked on a combination of different technology platforms for staff and students, which has added an element of complexity to the identity and access management process.”
NEC has deployed the identity management system by integrating Microsoft’s Active Directory and Novell’s eDirectory. Active Directory service enables the users to manage the identities that make up network environments. Its network services include directory services, Kerberos-based authentication and DNS-based naming.
eDirectory forms the basis for secure identity management systems and multi-platform network services. It secures wireless network and enables use of biometrics, smart cards and tokens for security.
Ritchie said: “We looked for a technology supplier that had both Microsoft and Novell capabilities and credentials. NEC Philips met these criteria.”
The identity system installed at the City of Sunderland College can store the details of over 30,000 individual identity accounts. In addition, it can disable the access accounts of students or staff, who leave the college. This makes the system immune from unauthorised access. However, it maintains their records for up to two years.