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Stolt Offshore, one of the World's largest contractors to the oil and gas industry has selected ISL's Secure IT 3000 network authentication system to protect sensitive data held on its central networks, when accessed by remote staff. Stolt has so far implemented remote access capability at four locations worldwide, with plans to roll out the system to Norway, USA and Brazil later in the year. The system currently supports a user licence of 250, and is being used predominantly for email access.


Service Delivery Supervisor for Stolt Offshore, David Melvin commented " We
decided on ISL's Secure IT 3000 following a recommendation from a supplier. The solution was competitive and easy to configure alongside our existing Microsoft SQL 7 Server. The system gives easy and reliable remote access for our growing population of dial in users, and when fully deployed will enable access to email and data irrespective of where it resides". Stolt Offshore also found that user set up and administration was particularly straightforward with minimum delays.


How it Works?
Remote users access their nearest Stolt Offshore office where they are authenticated in the local Domain by ISL's Secure IT 3000 communication servers. This server holds the security credentials for all users. Each communications server receives these credentials from the central Secure-IT 3000 database across the wide area network and returns audit data back along the same route. In the event of a failure of the wide area network, each Secure-IT 3000 communication server act independently until the WAN is restored.

In this instance Racal Watchword tokens are being used for authentication. Other options are also available and include, software tokens, smart cards and fingerprint recognition.

About Informer's Secure-IT 3000

Secure-IT 3000 has been designed as a multi location authentication server with emphasis on security, resilience and ease of management. Both security and resilience has been ensured by allowing all authentication to take place on the local Domain independent of the central database or the wide area network, so that a loss of either the WAN or database will not impact on the service to the users. System management is to a single non-proprietary scaleable database (Microsoft SQL server) where all user information and audit trails are held. Changes to this database are distributed to all locations directly from the database, and may only be initiated by an authorised Secure-IT 3000 administrator.

Secure-IT 3000 supports authentication to; Microsoft's RAS/RRAS and RADIUS authentication protocols to; Routers, Firewalls and Remote Access Servers. Authentication options include, Racal Watchword and ActivCard DES tokens, SecurDial software token, smart cards and Biometric (fingerprint) authentication. On the management side, Secure-IT provides full event and audit trails, real-time usage and activity reports and billing.


Editor's Note

About ISL

Since 1989 ISL Informer Systems has been an innovator in developing authentication systems for remote access, Biometric applications for Networks and Web Services for enterprise-wide computer networks. ISL's key product range, Secure-ITä provides a choice of security systems for a range of operating environments. Secure-IT 3000 provides large-scale remote access within Windows NT for corporate applications, whilst ISL's Secure-IT 1000 (15 user) is aimed at SMEs. ISL now supports biometric authentication with its SecurDial and SentriNET and e-SentrNET products for remote access and workstation log-on respectively. The company is based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.


About Stolt Offshore

With more than 25 years of experience Stolt Offshore is now one of the largest offshore contractors in the international offshore oil and gas industry. The Company offers its customers total field development solutions anywhere in the world. Capabilities include the design supply and installation of all of the subsea architecture from the subsea wells up to and including either fixed or floating production platforms. Stolt Offshore operates the world's largest fleet of specialist subsea construction and maintenance ships and pipelay and heavy lift barges and employs some of the most talented and dedicated people in our industry. The Company is listed on both the Nasdaq exchange in the United States and the Oslo Stock exchange in Norway.


Press Contact:
Jane Moores/Sally Minchin, TTA Communications LTD, 01454 318722.

jmoores@ttauk.com


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