Square One

Overview:

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto primary business requirement was to secure their critical business applications, intellectual property, and data from unauthorized access due to poor password management policies. The client had a significant group of users that required mobile and off hour access to business systems.

The Need:

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto experienced massive growth over the past five years. This growth led to the increasing need for mobile and off hour access to business systems by many of its staff. With the increasing drive to adhere to regulatory compliance standards, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto began evaluating two-factor authentication to ensure secure remote access. Along with the added security of two-factor authentication the client was also interested in a solution that would be cost-effective, reduce help desk calls for password management related issues, scalable, track and report identity, easy to implement, and integrate with their existing environment.
  • Provide secure, easy, and convenient access for authorized users to enterprise network services and applications – for Remote Access, Local Access, and Digital Identity Cards.
  • An integrated architecture to securely issue, use, manage, and deploy additional components of digital identity infrastructure as needed.
  • Reduce helpdesk costs by enabling easy management and administration of authentication mechanisms.

The Solution:

Square One’s implementation of ActivCard’s AAA Server for a cost-effective, scalable, two-factor authentication process that protects enterprise assets by ensuring and tracking user identity across a network accessed from anywhere.

The Result:

Square One’s deployment of ActivCard provides Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto with two-factor authentication, providing the added level of security needed to ensure that the right people have access to the right information at all times. The use of dynamic passwords increases network protection and transaction integrity, streamlines administration and authentication, and allows for flexible deployment to a large numbers of users. The ability to deploy multiple device types gives the client the needed flexibility and enables a cost effective way to manage passwords. Square One’s solution revealed an immediate ROI by eliminating nearly 95% of the amount of help desk calls for password resets and showed a significant cost savings of more than 40% compared to other solutions.
  • Increased security -- The client can now issue, use, and maintain digital identities in a secure, manageable, and reliable manner.
  • Improved Network access – users can now easily log on to the system anywhere, at any time.
  • ROI —the addition of a single server to their network architecture that meets all their needs, saves on downtime and help desk calls for password management

The Organization:

Founded in 1971, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto has grown to over 150 attorneys practicing all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, and trade secrets. These services are provided to clients from virtually every industry, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy, biotechnology, computers, electronics, transportation, telecommunications, finance, food, and e-commerce. With offices in New York, Washington D.C. and Costa Mesa, California, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto serves a diverse national and international clientele.

The Details:

Square One installed ActivCard AAA Server, a strong, scalable authentication server offering full authentication, authorization and administration services that integrated into the client’s existing network infrastructure. This solution delivers scalable, strong authentication based on LDAP to secure corporate network access either through dial-up, VPN, or wireless LAN, and protects enterprise assets by ensuring and tracking user identity. ActivCard AAA Server is RADIUS, TACACS+, and 802.1X compliant and enables deployment of two-factor authentication devices including tokens, soft tokens, USB keys, and smart cards.