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GE to deploy ID tool for 450,000 staff

Christian Annesley

General Electric is deploying Sun Java System Identity Manager to provide user authentication for its entire workforce of 450,000 people.

The first of several phases of the platform's integration will give access to all GE's Sarbanes-Oxley level-one applications and platforms within 12 months using the provisioning component of Sun Microsystems' Java Enterprise System.

Tom Sheffield, manager of identity and access management at GE, said the identity management software would enable the manufacturing and services group to "get users up and running productively" by letting GE easily change user access privileges and instantly close the accounts of staff when they leave.

Identity Manager will let GE  manage user accounts and access privileges centrally. The software provides role- and rule-based provisioning. This will enable GE to set policies that automatically enforce corporate security requirements, Sun said.

Once the system is fully operational, GE expects to be able to manage staff access to any part of its IT infrastructure based on an individual's specific job function, geography and role.

Identity Manager supports databases including DB2, SQL Serve , Oracle 8i and 9i, and ERP systems from SAP and Oracle.


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