New York City Transit Boosts Network Security, Streamlines Information Access with Novell Identity Manager

<p><strong>Waltham, Mass. &mdash; Sept. 21</strong><br />North America&#39;s largest transportation agency, New York City Transit, has turned to Novell for improved security and management of its identity infrastructure and network access. </p><p>With the world&#39;s largest fleet of subway cars and public buses, NYC Transit transports more than 7 million people each day. NYC Transit is using Novell identity and security management solutions to centralize and automate its identity infrastructure for 49,000 staff members across 500 locations, ensuring timely and secure employee access to network resources. <br /><br />As NYC Transit is transitioning its manual train control system to a computerized environment, it required a solution that would ensure its large number of distributed employees and contractors could quickly and securely access network applications and buildings. </p><p>Revoking network and building access for terminated employees was also time-consuming and posed security risks. </p><p>In addition, the agency maintains confidential personnel data on its large workforce and manages benefits information for 36,000 retirees and their spouses. </p><p>NYC Transit also needed a solution that would work across a mixed operating environment consisting of Novell Open Enterprise Server, Microsoft Windows, UNIX and a variety of mainframe and midrange servers.</p><p>NYC Transit selected a Novell identity and security management solution, consisting of Novell Identity Manager and Novell Access Manager to automatically synchronize user identities across multiple access systems and operating platforms. </p><p>Employees and contractors have role-based access to applications and buildings, based on authoritative user data.</p><p>The agency has been able to reduce time spent on user provisioning by 60…



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