Westinghouse Electric Co. protecting information assets with RSA security

BEDFORD, Mass., June 16, 2003 -- RSA Security Inc. announced that Westinghouse Electric Co. has selected RSA ClearTrust® Web access management software and RSA SecurID® two-factor authentication software to help ensure that only authorized personnel have access to sensitive and proprietary business information.

The implementation of these RSA Security technologies is part of Westinghouse's company initiative to institute an effective identity and access management platform to enhance network security and improve the end user experience. Westinghouse is providing user single sign-on to Web-based applications, helping the company reduce costs, improve the efficiency of its network and streamline business processes.

Westinghouse is the world's leading provider of nuclear power plant products, technologies and services to utilities, governments and industrial enterprises. Approximately one half of the world's operating nuclear power plants are either supplied by Westinghouse or are based on its designs.

Westinghouse works with its customers through all stages of plant design, technology implementation and maintenance and depends on a complex set of applications to enable collaboration between its employees, customers and partners, and to ensure that everyone is updated regarding the status and details surrounding each project.

Recently, Westinghouse management determined the company extranet housing these applications needed to be re-architected. One key area of focus was improving the security procedures used to grant network access. This would enable Westinghouse to reduce end-user frustration and the cost and time associated with managing the numerous IDs and passwords used by its employees, customers and partners.

Under the old system, accessing varied information was very time consuming. Users often had to authenticate five or six separate times with different passwords before they were granted access to the various applications on Westinghouse's network needed to perform their job function. This process was also costly given the amount of IT resources that were dedicated to working with users who had lost or forgotten their passwords.

With the sensitive nature of the information stored in Westinghouse's databases, including design plans for nuclear reactors and structural and service information about nuclear power plants, the company needed a solution that would help them limit access to sensitive and proprietary business information and alleviate data access problems. According to Westinghouse's IT security manager, Tom Moser, the company chose RSA Security's identity and access management solutions over competing offerings for a variety of reasons.

First, the technology was a good fit with Westinghouse's existing infrastructure -- including the Plumtree portal, Sun ONE LDAP directory server, SAP and Documentum applications that were part of the overall system. Second, RSA ClearTrust software provided critical features and enhanced security functionality.

These included single sign-on, rule-based access, strong application server and LDAP support, and user management. Finally, by selecting RSA Security technology, Westinghouse ensured the longevity of its system through RSA ClearTrust software's ability to scale to meet the needs of an ever-growing number of users and its tight integration with other technologies from RSA Security.

"Instead of granting a single customer or partner access to all networked information, we wanted to implement a technology solution that would enable us to limit user access to the information that is relevant to his or her project responsibilities," said Moser. "By implementing a rule-based authorization process, we improve overall security and mitigate the risks associated with opening our network. In addition, by streamlining the log-on process, we can realize extensive benefits in the form of reduced costs, improved network efficiency and increased customer loyalty."

Westinghouse is also implementing RSA SecurID two-factor authentication software in conjunction with RSA ClearTrust software to further enhance security and improve the overall process by which their networks are updated and maintained. The company is deploying RSA SecurID tokens to all network administrators and Webmasters to implement a three-level authentication process that is designed to ensure only authorized users are able to perform administrative functions and access the actual network infrastructure.

RSA SecurID software is designed to function like an ATM card for a company network, requiring users to identify themselves with two unique factors -- something they know (a password or PIN), and something they have (in this case, an RSA SecurID key fob token) -- before they are granted access to secure business information.

"Identity and access management technologies are critical components of any security infrastructure," said John Worrall, vice president of worldwide marketing at RSA Security. "They help an organization establish trust in its online environment, ensure the security of its corporate data and add tangible business value to existing applications by reducing costs, improving customer service and retention, streamlining business processes and increasing employee productivity."

About Westinghouse

Westinghouse Electric Company, wholly owned by BNFL plc of the United Kingdom, is the world's pioneering nuclear power company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Today, approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants are based on Westinghouse technology.

About RSA Security Inc.

With more than 11,000 customers around the globe, RSA Security provides interoperable solutions for establishing online identities, access rights and privileges for people, applications and devices. Built to work seamlessly and transparently in complex environments, the Company's comprehensive portfolio of identity and access management solutions -- including authentication, Web access management and developer solutions -- is designed to allow customers to confidently exploit new technologies for competitive advantage. RSA Security's strong reputation is built on its history of ingenuity and leadership, proven technologies and long-standing relationships with more than 1,000 technology partners. For more information, please visit www.rsasecurity.com.


Sponsored by FLSmidth
Recommend this article Recommend this article () You recommended this article You recommended this article ()
Follow Power Engineering on Twitter

Products Showcase

Dynamic Fluoride Ion cleaning DFIC of industrial natural gas turbines Hi-Tech Furnace Systems

Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning of IGT Parts

The Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning (DFIC) Process from Hi-Tech Furnace Systems is able to clean deep, narrow cracks of oxides by cycling between negative, atmospheric, and positive pressure.

Latest News

Shutterstock coal production trucks

Weekly Coal Production

The Weekly Coal Production shows how much coal is being produced across the U.S.

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Weekly Economic Indicators financial business

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Economic Indicators

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas offers a glimpse into how the markets are doing domestical...

Kvaerner awarded contract for gas-fired power plant in Delaware

Kvaerner North American Construction Inc. and its joint venture partner, Parsons Brinckerhoff...

Canadian Solar purchases two solar projects

Canadian Solar Inc. has acquired a majority interest in two utility-scale solar power project...

Operators Restart Unit 2 at PPL Susquehanna

Unit 2 at the PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant near Berwick, Pa. resumed generating electr...

Settlement agreement limits cost recovery at Edwardsport

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) on Dec. 27 modified and approved a settlemen...

Toshiba in talks to sell portion of Westinghouse nuclear unit

Toshiba Corp is in talks  to sell up to 16% of its stake in the Westinghouse Electric Co...

Utah nixes nuclear waste storage facility

Plans to park radioactive waste at a storage facility in Utah have been officially called off.

Archived Articles

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

Current Magazine Issue

08/01/2013
Volume 117, Issue 8
1308PE_C1_digital

Buyers Guide Product Listings

Nondestructive Examination and Testing

Advanced nondestructive examination, NDE, techn...

Engineering Services

Structural Integrity Associates, Inc. (SI) is a...

Buyers Guide Company Listings

SPSI

SPSI is a privately held fabricator of high quality process, power and nuclear piping systems used primarily in the domestic and international power generation and petrochemical industries.

URS

URS plans, designs, engineers, constructs, retrofits, and maintains power plants and the systems that transmit and distribute electricity. Our expertise encompasses fossil fuel, nuclear, and hydroelectric power generating facilities, as well as alternative and renewable energy sources. We develop and install clean air technologies and perform major nuclear component

Serdula Systems Ltd

Provides consulting services from R&D, engineering, operations, and assessments to bid evaluation and feasibility studies to national and international organizations in the nuclear power industry.

The Merrick Group Inc

More than 20 years experience in the high-pressure water jetting industry. Our specialists offer vast experience and unparalleled expertise in industrial, nuclear plant cleaning maintenance.

Power Industry Wire News

Colorado and Washington's Legalized Marijuana, Not So Legal, as Discussed by HR ProFile

Colorado and Washington's Legalized Marijuana, Not So Legal, as Discussed by HR ProFile

Magellan's New RoadMate RV9490T-LMB With 7-Inch HD Glass Screen and Real-Time Travel Information Now Available

Magellan's New RoadMate RV9490T-LMB With 7-Inch HD Glass Screen and Real-Time Travel In...

Lithium Exploration Group CEO Distributes July Newsletter Part 3 of 3 -- Water Scarcity

Lithium Exploration Group CEO Distributes July Newsletter Part 3 of 3 -- Water Scarcity

Cardinal Energy Group, Inc. Hires Dow Bowman as Its Chief Operating Officer

Cardinal Energy Group, Inc. Hires Dow Bowman as Its Chief Operating Officer

San Diego Politicians and Business Leaders Inaugurate Kearny Mesa FIAT's EV ARC(TM) Digital

San Diego Politicians and Business Leaders Inaugurate Kearny Mesa FIAT's EV ARC(TM) Dig...

Power Engineering

Article Archives for Power Engineering Magazine

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours

To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>