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BorderManager Provides TransUnion with Secure Access to Web Applications

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Posted: 17 Jun 2003

This month's Novell Connection features a top-to-bottom Secure Identity Management success story at TransUnion. This story is an excellent example of how the broad range of technologies in Novell's Nsure family can provide a comprehensive solution for an organization of any size. Novell BorderManager is the component that provides Internet access control and secure remote access via VPN.


TransUnion processes millions of credit and score reports every day with a core database containing 20 terabytes of data housed on mainframe and UNIX computers. With this huge volume of highly confidential information, security is a top concern. The company had created its own security infrastructure to support TransUnionDesktop, its business-to-business (B2B) transactional Web site, but the system wasn't scalable enough to support its rapid growth. Site performance began degrading after 40,000 users. TransUnion needed to replace its homegrown infrastructure with a scalable, directory-integrated Internet security solution.

With disparate systems throughout its enterprise, some TransUnion employees had to remember up to 12 passwords access the applications needed to do their jobs. A secure identity management solution would unify identity information across different systems, improving both productivity and security. TransUnion also wanted to extend secure intranet access to employees working in its 60 field offices or from home.

To improve service for its global customers, partners and employees, TransUnion wanted to offer secure access to personalized Web pages with a single log in. Customized content would give users faster and more efficient access to a full breadth of products, information and resources.

To build its secure identity management solution, TransUnion evaluated several alternatives including Sun ONE, IBM SecureWay, and Microsoft Active Directory. The company ultimately selected a Novell Nsure solution including Novell eDirectory, Novell DirXML, Novell iChain, and Novell BorderManager to create a scalable, directory-integrated solution across its entire enterprise.

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