Fujitsu Boosts Customer Security with ‘Identity as a Service’

News facts:

  • New Identity as a Service offering manages digital IDs in real time to ensure that only authorized and verified users can access critical corporate systems – across cloud services and on-premise systems
  • Identity and Access Management service enables organizations to take control of user authentication and security and step up the fight against hackers and fraud
  • Highly secure system is simple to set-up and supports multiple authentication protocols including biometrics

Fujitsu today boosts customer security in the cloud era with the launch across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) of Identity as a Service, an end-to-end identity and access management (IAM) service enabling organizations to step up the fight against hackers and fraud.

Designed with comprehensive self-service and multiple authentication protocols, including biometric authentication, Fujitsu Identity as a Service (IDaaS) ensures that only verified users can access systems, applications, data and resources. Widespread availability in EMEIA follows the successful pilot in Finland and represents a milestone as Fujitsu continues to expand its portfolio of Managed Security Services across the region.

The Fujitsu IDaaS solution manages identities in real-time using cloud-based automated tools. User ID processing and permissions management is integrated into directories, systems, cloud services and applications using open, standard interfaces. The result is a comprehensive access management solution for hybrid IT environments, ensuring scalability, fast deployment and a short time to market.

The browser-based service allows the management, creation, adjustment and removal of permissions from any connected device or location – for both on-premise and cloud-based systems. Fujitsu IDaaS incorporates a variety of strong authentication methods, including user ID and password, Windows desktop login, single sign-on (SSO), CallSign authentication (based on a phone call and PIN code) and biometric authentication. SSO uses the federated identity standard Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) and Web Services Federation Language (WS-Federation) for security and authentication into both on-premise and cloud applications.

Fujitsu IDaaS allows organizations to enforce strict information security requirements and policies, with real-time permissions as well as usage monitoring and reporting. The pay-as-you-go service helps improve organizational efficiency and productivity through automation and self-service systems that reduce manual work and lower the number of calls to the service desk.

Rob Norris, Vice President and Head of Enterprise and Cybersecurity at Fujitsu EMEIA, said: “All computer users have dozens of usernames and passwords. Not only is it tough for people to keep track of their passwords and for organizations to ensure they get the balance right between security and usability – but also weak security credentials pose a serious risk. The arms race against cybercriminals is escalating, because managing security is more business critical than ever. With trust being a vital part of business continuity, identity and access management has become a majorissue for both the public and private sector.”

How Fujitsu IDaaS works

The Fujitsu IDaaS solution stores permissions and identities in real-time, ensuring that only authenticated users can access systems and data, turning what used to be a costly and time-consuming headache into an easy, inexpensive and fast process. With the new service, Fujitsu is building on more than a decade of experience in developing and deploying high-tech identity management systems and services, ranging from an online citizen authentication and payment service in Finland and biometric border control systems for the United Kingdom, to a criminal records system for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

In the EMEIA region, the Fujitsu line-up of IAM services includes systems integration, application development, infrastructure deployment, service management and maintenance services. These services are already processing more than four million user logins each month.

Pricing and availability

Fujitsu Identity as a Service is available to order immediately across the EMEIA region. Pricing varies according to service and support options, and geographical region.