Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) has selected Aladdin eToken for employee authentication and compliance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) security standards. They will control network logon through multi-function eToken smart cards. By the middle of 2008, EWEB expects to provide employees with a combination of Aladdin eToken smart card types – USB-based tokens, as well as credit card-like smart cards that also provide proximity technology for building access.
Oregon’s Largest Public Utility Protects Sensitive Data with Aladdin eToken
CHICAGO — Aladdin Knowledge Systems , an information security leader specializing in authentication, software DRM and content security, today announced that the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), Oregon’s largest public utility, selected the Aladdin eToken smart card solution to provide strong authentication for employees who access the organization’s data network. Aladdin eToken is set to play an important role in ensuring compliance with security standards mandated by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).
In light of ever-increasing concerns surrounding security for the nation’s power and water providers, EWEB began in May to reinforce its information security arsenal. By the second quarter of 2008, EWEB expects to provide employees with a combination of Aladdin eToken smart card types – USB-based tokens, as well as credit card-like smart cards that also provide proximity technology for building access. By combining physical and logical access in a single device, EWEB ensures that only authorized users can enter its facilities, log on to the network, and access their business data and applications from remote locations – further strengthening its compliance with NERC guidelines, which all bulk power system operators must meet.
Mark Ellister, EWEB’s senior security specialist who leads its IT security initiatives, said combining both physical and logical access into one device increased the efficiency and reliability of EWEB’s security, delivering a single multi-purpose device for each user that remains easy to control and maintain.
“As a large public utility that prioritizes the safety of our water and power supply, EWEB evaluated several options that would allow us to further enhance our overall security and NERC compliance,” Ellister said. “We selected the Aladdin eToken strong authentication device due to its proven level of security and flexibility, as well as its simple integration with proximity technology for facility access. In a multi platform environment, being able to select a single product that functions with multiple OS models is highly advantageous. Aladdin eToken doesn’t lock you into one vendor or one technology. We see EWEB’s implementation of Aladdin eToken as a powerful step toward boosting our overall security and protecting access to sensitive data that our community’s water and power supplies rely upon.”
“Helping to protect vital services such as water and power, Aladdin eToken has proven itself as a highly reliable protection tool that withstands rigorous testing for security, dependability and longevity,” said John Gunn, General Manager of Aladdin North America. “We are honored to assist EWEB in maximizing its IT defenses in such a way that complements its physical security measures as well. Aladdin eToken continues to experience significant growth, especially among organizations that see security as one of their most precious duties.”
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