LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY ‘A.R.M.S’ ITSELF FOR INCREASED DATA SECURITY
London Metropolitan University has increased the security of its data by installing an Affiliate Record Management System (ARMS) with Salford Software to provide the institution with personalised access to online resources for non- permanent staff and visitors to its campuses. ARMS will work alongside the existing identity management solution.
“We have 27,000 students and 3,000 staff across our campuses, and from time to time we require non-permanent contract workers to be able to access the information and resources that they need to fulfil their part-time role whilst they are here – that can be around 200 affiliate accounts in use at any one time,” explains Raghu Vydyanath, director of information systems & services, London Metropolitan University.
“ARMS allows us to provision personalised access to resources for visiting lecturers or professors, librarians or contractors for example, but importantly it also means we can deprovision access just as quickly when they leave – tightening our data security and removing redundant records from our system.”
The implementation will help the university to move towards a Role Based Access Control (RBAC) model where staff and students will be able to gain access to their own desktop applications from any PC. As roles change, access can be granted or withdrawn on the basis of the users identity.
“ARMS will be linked directly to our smart card system, the university’s IT network, library services and applications,” explains Raghu Vydyanath.
“Salford Software has a strong background in identity management within education and I was very confident of the team’s ability to implement ARMS. Undoubtedly, the new solution will make the university’s data more secure whilst allowing even those who are temporarily with us, the best user experience.”
“We are delighted to be working with London Metropolitan University to deliver this project,” said Paul Beaumont, chief executive, Salford Software.
“Security is at the top of the list when it comes to IT decision making. ARMS will enable London Metropolitan University to reduce the risk of potential security breaches and improve the way that they manage the user accounts ensuring that only those who are still working for the university are provisioned and have access.”
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