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What does Digital Transformation Mean for NonStop Systems?
The term Digital Transformation is in vogue at the moment, but what does that really mean to you and the NonStop ecosystem at large? Since every organization is different, no single definition can accurately describe this term. However, integrating digital technology into all areas of an organization will result in fundamental changes to how businesses operate and deliver value to customers.
We understand that digitally transforming an organization represents an opportunity to meet changing requirements and leverage technology to enhance the customer’s experience.
For example, any efforts to connect NonStop workflows, Pathway applications, or SafeGuard user accounts to infrastructures like Microsoft Azure and Active Directory means that NonStop servers and their workflows, including authentication and audit workflows, can be digitally transformed.
Also, many organizations are no longer using desktop software and have switched to cloud-based solutions. These tend to offer more flexibility and scalability, along with solid redundancy, which is also part of a worldwide digital transformation process.
When we discuss Digital Transformation, we are not necessarily referring to a single technology, nor is it a single IT project; it’s about employing a broad set of technologies, often in a series of interrelated initiatives. The evaluation should start with top organizational objectives and requires an internal analysis of resources, organizational maturity, and technological gaps. The intersection of the prioritized needs and organizational realities often informs the roadmap and investment decisions.
Cybersecurity is an integral part of any digital transformation strategy, and it requires continuous improvement to keep up with evolving technologies and threat landscapes.
Organizations must decide how they leverage newer technologies to their advantage and evolve. These decisions will have a direct impact on differentiation, growth, scalability, profitability, risk mitigation, and customer satisfaction. The companies that select the right IT from the right technology partners and then implement solutions in a practical, methodical manner over time will likely flourish. Those who do not will likely struggle.
CSP is developing a new solution to synchronize, authenticate, and manage NonStop users via any centralized Identity & Access Management or User Provisioning solutions. This new offering will help modernize existing technologies and extend current investments with software that bridges the old and the new.
Why is Digital Transformation important for organizations?
The benefits of Digital Transformation are many and varying. They include opportunities to grow the business by boosting and sustaining revenue. Access to increasing amounts of data and new ways to bridge formerly distinct data silos allows organizations to achieve actionable insights. As a result, organizations can more effectively act on unmet customer needs, under-funded parts of the business, emerging business models, and more.
Digital transformation can also drive customer engagement. Organizations are constantly looking for new and improved ways to engage customers. With the correct investments, they can eliminate intermediaries and employ digital platforms to reach and serve customers directly, closing the loop between data and action and understanding their customers to meet their needs.
With IT budgets under pressure, organizations often focus on optimizing the enterprise. Organizations can lower their exposure to risk by improving the quality and delivery time of their product offerings, streamlining and enhancing their processes, and detecting and preventing risk. That also helps reduce costs. Evolving IT and processes help organizations efficiently manage policies and privileges, identify insider threats, control mainframe access, comply with regulations, and protect consumer privacy.
Introducing CSP Authenticator +
Cloud-Native Application for NonStop Systems
CSP Authenticator+® provides multi-factor authentication for NonStop servers and supports various authentication methods. It can be used as a Safeguard SEEP or with Pathway and non-Pathway applications. Almost any application, including TACL, can now easily support multi-factor authentication.
The new CSP Authenticator + cloud-native application was developed using a modern cloud-based framework. This redesign focuses on providing security, flexibility, and scalability.
Multiple authentication methods such as RADIUS, Active Directory, RSA, and Open LDAP are supported. Additional authentication methods include Email, Text Message, and Google Authenticator.
- New cloud-based framework – A new cloud native application built using modern technologies
- Support for Kubernetes Helm deployments – easy to deploy in cloud environments using Kubernetes framework
- Support for High Availability environments – Create highly available Kubernetes clusters for resiliency
- No differentiation between Primary and Secondary authentication – users can choose any mix of available authentication methods, and even choose more than 2 authentication methods
- Application based authentication methods are now supported, and more authentication methods are being added. Authentication methods currently supported include RSA, LDAP, Active Directory, RADIUS, Google and Microsoft authenticator, OTP via Email, and OTP via SMS
- Set different authentication methods for different user groups and privileged groups
- Redesigned user-interface makes it more intuitive and user friendly
- Maintain a matrix of authentication profiles, policies (authentication methods), and users
- Support for various databases, including Amazon S3, Atlas Cloud service, MongoDB, etc.
- Protect valuable resources & data.
- Add layers of authentication for secure access to systems and critical applications.
- Address PCI compliance requirement 8.3 which requiring multi-factor authentication for all personnel with remote access, and non-console administrative access to the cardholder data environment.
- Integrate with centralized ID management systems to effectively manage users.
CSP Authenticator+ Key Features:
- Support for multiple authentication factors including RSA, RADIUS, Active Directory, and LDAP, Microsoft, Google, OTP
- Create various profiles and policies for different set of users, and applications
- Ability to use more than two authentication methods
- Provides standardized authentication across platforms
- Configure for all or only selected/privileged users
- Fully encrypted communications with cloud native application
- Supports various databases
- Support for new authentications methods
- Supports TACL, Pathway and Non-Pathway applications
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