Ontario’s York Regional Police Meet Canadian Government Regulations with Aladdin eToken
Aladdin eToken two-factor authentication allows police officers to access critical information on Canada’s central law enforcement database
Chicago – Aladdin Knowledge Systems (NASDAQ: ALDN) today announced that the York Regional Police have selected Aladdin eToken strong two-factor authentication to comply with national Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) regulations. In order to access and alter secure data within the nationwide database, police officers are required to use two-factor authentication to verify their identity, preserving the authenticity of federal information.
Serving nearly one million citizens just north of Toronto, Ontario, the York Regional Police have deployed 2,000 Aladdin eToken PRO USB-based smartcard devices to its officers and civilian employees, enabling them to access and update the CPIC database. Officers simply plug the token into a USB port, enter their password, and are able to access critical information. Remote employees use Aladdin eToken One Time Password (OTP) tokens for increased security for members accessing York’s network remotely.
Roughly the size of an average house key, Aladdin’s innovative smartcard-based and OTP tokens are easy to use, deploy and manage with Aladdin’s Token Management System (TMS), allowing York’s IT manager to monitor and update devices from one centralized server.
“Aladdin provided us a simple way to meet the CPIC requirements for strong authentication without taking up our officers’ valuable time,” said Nick Mohamed, Assistant IT Manager at York Regional Police. “Together with our solution partner NCI, Aladdin’s staff was able to quickly integrate Aladdin eToken into our existing infrastructure so that the officers can access the information they need to do their jobs and keep people and our data as safe as possible.”
“Aberdeen’s research continues to show high interest in smartcard-based solutions paired with digital certificates, particularly for user authentication, data protection, and remote access applications as in the example of law enforcement,” said Derek Brink, vice president and research fellow for IT Security at Aberdeen Group. “In addition, the research indicates a growing buyer preference for flexibility and choice with respect to the form factors which can be used as physical ’containers’ for user authentication credentials — a trend which is well-aligned with Aladdin’s eToken product line.”
In order to maximize value at YRP, Aladdin’s partner, NCI, created a customized solution, fully integrating eToken and TMS with York’s existing infrastructure to minimize costs and ensure that all components of the system were fully interoperable. NCI has installed similar solutions in a number of law enforcement and government agencies throughout Canada, seeing a growing trend in agencies seeking to comply with CPIC and other government and industry regulations.
“Aladdin eToken has proven itself a strong solution for many industries, including law enforcement, with its advanced technology, solid support team and the ability to meet not only CPIC requirements, but a variety of other regulations for two-factor authentication,” said Ryan Krukoski, vice president of NCI. “NCI is committed to offering the most advanced technology with easy-to-use management systems so that our customers can focus on doing their jobs. In this case, that means saving lives.”
“NCI has a solid understanding of the laws and regulations concerning information security technology and is able to provide effective analysis, solutions and integration support that enables law enforcement agencies to comply with government regulations,”said Chen Arbel, vice president of strategic development at Aladdin Knowledge Systems. “Together, our goal is to provide our customers with the most advanced support, training and technology to improve efficiency, increase security and enable compliance.”
About York Regional Police
York Regional Police serves more than 930,000 residents in the York Region, Ontario, Canada. The York Regional Police force was formed in 1971 from the amalgamation of local forces and the local governments of several communities in York County. It has more than 1500 officers in five districts. For more information, visit www.police.york.on.ca.
NCI is a leading information security solution provider, providing IT Security and network solutions to a broad spectrum of clients: government agencies, education, municipalities, law enforcement agencies, merchants, manufacturers, mining, insurance and financial institutions. NCI’s team includes highly skilled and experienced IT Security professionals that are CISSP, CISA, MSCE, and SANS GIAC certified, and who hold certifications in many other technical areas. Visit www.NCI.ca.
Aladdin Knowledge Systems (NASDAQ: ALDN) is an information security leader with offices in 15 countries, a worldwide network of channel partners, and numerous awards for innovation. Aladdin eToken is the world’s #1 USB-based authentication solution, offering identity and access management tools that protect sensitive data. Aladdin SafeWord two-factor authentication technology protects companies’ important information assets and applications. Aladdin HASP SRM boosts growth for software developers and publishers through strong anti-piracy protection, IP protection, and secure licensing and product activation. Aladdin eSafe delivers real-time intelligent Web gateway security that helps protect data and networks, improves productivity, and enables compliance. Visit www.Aladdin.com.
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