UMB Financial Corp. Secures its IT Infrastructure with Novell

<p><strong>Waltham, Mass. </strong><br />One of the largest independent banks in America, UMB Financial Corp., (UMB) is implementing Novell identity management solutions on SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time to streamline user access and increase data security.</p><p>A multi-bank holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., UMB has 3,500 employees and offers complete banking, asset management, health spending solutions and related financial services to both individual and business customers nationwide. With Novell, UMB has streamlined user access, reduced information technology (IT) administration time and improved its ability to comply with regulatory requirements.<br /><br />"We are always looking for ways to make it more convenient for our customers to do business with us," said Kanon Cozad, senior vice president and director of Application Development at UMB. "We chose Novell because we needed solutions that could work across multiple platforms and systems and because they support open standards, which fits our business model. Novell is helping us keep a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining our customers, as we now have the right foundation to keep up with bigger players in our market and stay ahead of smaller ones."<br /><br />As a diverse financial holding company, UMB wanted to simplify customer access to its many different products and services. The IT staff was managing user identity information across dozens of systems in a complex environment, resulting in customers having to remember multiple log-in IDs and passwords to access their accounts. UMB also operates in an extremely regulated industry and needed to ensure the security of…


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