Published on 21-Dec-2011
"The benefits we've seen from the implementation of TAM [Tivoli Access Manager] relate to compliance and being able to … see who has access to what data and who is accessing that data." - —Ken Lukasewicz, Technical Manager, Identity Management Operations, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
IBM Business Partner:
Ken Lukasewicz of BlueCross and BlueShield discusses how IBM Tivoli software has automated management of member data, reducing staff and eliminating redundancies.
Maintain customer and member data in a secure fashion.
IBM Tivoli Access Manager software helps BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina protect its customer/member data. It allows staff to centralize administration and enabled the organization to move forward with enterprise single sign-on and federated identity management.
Reduces time spent granting and restricting access to applications and data; Will save about 5,000 hours of employee time by automating security processes for one application; Supports HIPAA compliance, helping staff confirm who has access to and is accessing the data
BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
Saving 5,000 hours of staff time by automating security processes
· IBM® Tivoli® Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On
· IBM Tivoli Access Manager for e-business
IBM Business Partner
“BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is an insurance provider and subject to HIPAA compliance,” says Ken Lukasewicz, a technical manager for Identity Management Operations at BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina. “It's the driver behind our security practice to maintain our customer member data in a secure fashion.”
“[IBM®] Tivoli® Access Manager has given us a secure environment that protects our customer data, our member data, from those that are not supposed to see it,” says Lukasewicz. “It allows us to perform administration in a centralized point. It has acted as the foundation for our enterprise security strategy going forward, enabling us to move forward with enterprise single sign-on and federated identity management.”
“Tivoli Access Manager is helping us achieve these benefits by allowing us to centralize the granting of access and restricting access to applications and data,” says Lukasewicz. “It's also allowing us to reduce the amount of time that we spend doing these tasks by being able to automate these processes and move them away from a more manual process. For one application that we've targeted for [Tivoli Access Manager for] Enterprise Single Sign-On, removing that redundancy will remove about 5,000 hours of employee time.”
“The benefits we've seen from the implementation of TAM [Tivoli Access Manager] relate to compliance and being able to report on that compliance to be able to see who has access to what data and who is accessing that data,” says Lukasewicz. “The scalability for TAM for BlueCross has been the ability to do more with the same amount of headcount, the same amount of infrastructure. We can handle all the access that we're currently experiencing, predict the growth that we're going to see in the future and maintain an environment that is stable and secure for our employees and our members.”
“During the implementation of TAMeb [Tivoli Access Manager for e-business], we worked very closely with Prolifics to support us and provide the partnership we needed,” says Lukasewicz. “They worked with us hand-in-hand onsite with our employees throughout to make sure that the implementation was successful and worked according to plan.”
“BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina has a long-standing history using IBM products in our IT environment,” says Lukasewicz. “Choosing the IBM Tivoli security suite was a natural extension of that, fitting very nicely and integrating very closely with our current infrastructure in other areas of the business.”
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Products and services used
IBM products and services that were used in this case study.
Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On, Tivoli Access Manager for e-business
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