Coventry City Council deploys new remote access security platform

Coventry City Council has deployed a new cash-saving security platform to protect the digital identities of its remote workers.

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Coventry City Council has deployed a new cash-saving security platform to protect the digital identities of its remote workers.

Coventry City Council has selected CRYPTOCard’s CRYPTO-MAS managed service to protect access to its servers and networks.

After council budgets were reduced recently, Coventry City Council looked for ways to save money on its remote access security, after coming to the conclusion that the renewal of its existing authentication solution was no longer cost-effective.

Initially, 500 council and third-party workers will use CRYPTOCard’s hardware and software token two-factor authentication service. The managed service provides scalability and will help Coventry reduce costs further over the coming years.

With the council looking to increase location-independent working, as many as 6,000 staff could use CRYPTO-MAS to remotely access the council network in the future.

The new system secures two types of access. It supports restricted VPN access for third parties which is controlled by the council IT department, and also VPN access for council staff to allow them to work as if they were sitting at their desks.

Paul Jackson, IT security team leader at Coventry City Council, said, "The system allows us to save money both now and in the future. In the short term it gives us a better managed service at less cost, while in the longer-term the software tokens will provide savings when replacing and retrieving old tokens."

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