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Managing contractor accounts giving you a headache?

Does your company hire outside workers or contractors who work for a limited amount of time at your organization? Managing these types of accounts can be a headache since there is constant movement, and employees of this type need to be quickly added but then also promptly removed when they are no longer working for your company.

Since these employees are often only working for a short period of time, they need to have their accounts quickly created so that they can start performing their jobs. Unlike other employees, they cannot be waiting around for days for all their accounts to be created. In a large organization this could process could take up to a few days.

The process at your organization probably looks something like this:

In order for a new employee to correctly be provisioned, the hiring manager has to get the correct paper form, fill it out, give it in hard copy to the help desk with a signature, and then many different admins go about provisioning the attributes of the account. This process often takes a while and has to be handled by many employees along the way.

Due to the high turnover rate of these types of employees, IT also needs to ensure that their accounts are properly disabled once they leave the company. More times than not this task is over looked since someone has to go into each application and manually disable the user. This is an extreme security risk since these ex- employees will still have access to the company’s data and network.

If this scenario sounds familiar to what your organization goes through a simple solution: Active Directory management software. This allows the organization to automate the account management process and not have to manually perform tasks such as creating and disabling accounts. By connecting with your company’s HR system, any change that is made in that system is automatically synchronized to all connected applications.

So, when someone enters a new personnel request the solution can automatically create new accounts in any connected system or applications, create a share drive, personal drive, profile, set up a phone, or many other tasks for new hires. The manager in charge then receives an audit trail of all actions and can continue to request additional services needed, such as hardware or mobile devices.

To handle the issue of disabling former employees, an AD management solution can assist with automatically disabling accounts. Once an employee is disabled in the source system, the software automatically disables their AD and all connected accounts to ensure the employee no longer has access. It also has the ability to transfer that employee’s personal drive to their manager. This ensures that any projects that were in the works are not lost.

Many organizations use this type of solution to deal with the contractor account dilemma. Learn more about this type of solution and how National Geographic dealt with their contractor accounts.

Tips to easily and cost efficiently meet hipaa requirements

Compliance is a complex issue in many industries and organizations, and there are major fines and potential punishments for not meeting the laws and regulations. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) is one of the main regulatory laws for the healthcare industry. As you probably already know, HIPAA protects the use and disclosure of patient data and ensures that healthcare organizations have the correct security measures in place to protect patient data.

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Access Management Compliance, Compliance, Healtcare Compliance, HIPAA Compliance, IAM, IT Security

“What is Single Sign-On (SSO)”, and “how does it benefit the healthcare industry?”

You may have heard about SSO, but do you know exactly what it is and how it can benefit the Healthcare Industry? SSO, or Single Sign-On is software which allows end users to login using one single set of credentials. This eliminates the need to remember several set of credentials for each system and application clinicians need to access in order to do their job. Clinicians simply enter their credentials a single time into the network and thereafter each time an application or system is launched they are automatically signed in and authenticated without having to enter anything additional.

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Automatic login, healthcare, single set of credentials, Single Sign-On, SSO, SSO benefits for healthcare

What is the best database backend for an IAM solution?

If you, have day to day dealings with IAM software you will learn, with most products you need a database backend. There are many choices including Oracle, Sybase, Informix, and many more. In my experience though, while none of these are bad, Microsoft SQL seems to be the stand out database.

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User Provisioning

Best Database, Database, Database Backend, SQL

SSO- more than just Single Sign-On

You probably know that Single Sign-On (SSO) software allows users to login with a single set of credentials, but there is much more to SSO than that! Did you know that SSO has many other features which save both your employees and helpdesk a lot of headache? Here is a brief outline of some additional features that many Single Sign-On solutions have:

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User Provisioning

Authentication Management, Single Sign-On, SSO, SSO Features, SSO Modules, two factor authentication

IAM for remote employees

You are aware of the benefits of the many IAM solutions on the market, but you have a dilemma; many of your employees work outside of the office. Were you aware that many IAM solutions easily work for remote employees?

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