Exostar to Deliver Enhanced Authentication to Supplier Portal for Northrop Grumman Corporation
HERNDON, VA, June 9, 2011 ─ Exostar, whose cloud-based solutions enable secure, cost-effective business-to-business collaboration, today announced it has been chosen by Northrop Grumman to issue and maintain the public key infrastructure (PKI) digital certificates that will allow the company to control access to its supplier portal.
Individuals worldwide who conduct business with Northrop Grumman via the portal will require Medium Level of Assurance (MLOA) hardware certificates issued via Exostar’s hosted Federated Identity Service (FIS) offering. Exostar has a demonstrated track record with FIS, extensive Aerospace & Defense experience and a robust community network.
Deployment of FIS provides:
- A standardized export control process, with citizenship of supplier personnel recorded by Exostar prior to certificate issuance, directly supporting International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
- A scalable solution that minimizes risk and maximizes efficiency. Because FIS is a managed service, Exostar handles everything from supplier on-boarding, training, and support to complete lifecycle management of certificates. Exostar has issued nearly 20,000 software certificates for customers in 36 countries, so companies and their suppliers receive a consistently excellent end-to-end user experience from a proven performer.
- Participation in Exostar’s FIS SAME-ID (Secure Access across Multiple Enterprises) program. Suppliers can leverage FIS’s MLOA certificates for interactions with Government agencies and other A&D firms that recognize credentials cross-certified with CertiPath and the Federal PKI Bridge. As a result, suppliers realize a significant return on their investment.
“Forward-thinking enterprises understand the importance and the impact of better protecting their critical systems, applications and intellectual property against advanced persistent threats by migrating from basic user ID/password access to two-factor authentication. However, the time, complexity, and resource requirements to do so can be daunting,” said Vijay Takanti, Exostar’s Vice President of Security and Collaboration Solutions. “With FIS and the SAME-ID program, manufacturers and their suppliers reap the benefits, while Exostar relieves them of all the operations, administration and maintenance burdens.”
Exostar powers secure business-to-business information sharing, collaboration and business process integration throughout the value chain. Exostar supports the complex trading needs of many of the world's largest companies in aerospace and defense, life sciences, and other industries. Exostar’s cloud-based identity assurance products and business applications reduce risk, improve agility and strengthen trading partner relationships and profitability for over 70,000 companies worldwide, including BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp., Raytheon Co. and Rolls-Royce. For more information, please visit www.exostar.com.
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