Kennesaw State’s Identity and Access Management initiative gains national acclaim

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IDG's CSO magazine recognizes campus NetID system project with a 2013 CSO40 Award

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Jan. 16, 2013) — Kennesaw State University has won a 2013 CSO40 Award from IDG's CSO magazine. The award, which will be presented in April, was for the KSU Identity and Access Management initiative.

The University’s Information Technology Services (ITS) department’s entry was one of more than a hundred submissions considered from across the country. Kennesaw State will be honored along with such well-known and respected organizations as: ADP, Aetna, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Comcast, FedEx, General Electric Aviation, the University of Pennsylvania Health System and USAA.

The Kennesaw State initiative consists of a series of ongoing projects and implementations. By automating the campus NetID system, along with many of the systems that rely on NetID for accounts and other information, ITS better meets the dynamic demands of the business and academic functions of the University.

The system establishes a centralized repository of all the identities on campus and then automatically creates the necessary accounts on systems that each individual user may access. The initiative handles data from five functional areas of the University and employs a complex data processing algorithm to classify the users and automatically create their accesses. 

"This is an incredible accomplishment not only for the Information Technology Services team but also for the Kennesaw State community as a whole,” said Randy Hinds, Kennesaw State's CIO. “In an age of information technology transforming itself from a cost-center to a business value driver, this award is recognition that our entire technology organization is actively pursuing that focus.”

KSU will accept its award at the CSO40 Security Confab + Awards conference held on April 2-3, 2013 at Chateau Elan, in Braselton.

"Information Technology Services consistently engages with our business and academic partners to strategically deliver the best quality products possible to our stakeholders," said Executive Director of Information Technology Services Lectra Lawhorne. “Stephen Gay, Tobias Quosigk and our Information Security Office led the initial phase of the project, and under McCree Lake's leadership the project has been taken to new heights. We are truly excited about what the future holds in this area."

The CSO40 Awards is a selection of the top 40 security projects from the year that contributed the most business value to the organization. This year is the first time the award is being given and the process was extremely competitive with a number of submissions from organizations across the country. The panel of judges included senior reviewers and editors of CSO magazine.

“We would like to congratulate this inaugural class of CSO40 Award honorees,” said Derek Slater, editor in chief, CSO. “This year’s honorees have created outstanding security projects and initiatives that have truly resulted in positive long-lasting outcomes for their organizations. We are pleased to have these organizations as our first class of CSO40 Award honorees.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.