Introduction To Superior Turnkey Solutions Group’s
MasterKey™ User Provisioning
Superior TurnKey Solutions Group (STSG) is a highly experienced software development and support company specializing in technologies and services providing software applications, consulting, and infrastructure services focused on User Identity & Access Management. These services address a corporation’s need to provision users and contractors, allowing authorized access to IT resources, in addition to meeting security and audit policies addressing both HR and IT’s IAM requirements. STSG offers Enterprise class software to consolidate, authenticate, and managing users from the moment Human Resources processes a new employee or contractor. STSG’s MasterKey™ is a modular family of software applications based on Microsoft’s .NET technology that, once installed, form a complete single point of provisioning a user. MasterKey™ allows for user resources to be modified, passwords renewed, and other forms of authentication to be controlled, managed, and audited with assurance that users, internal staff, and hackers cannot make changes without notification and reports being issued to your security and audit staff. Operators of MasterKey™ Management have three levels of control called “Who, What, Where”:
- 1. We control who can use MasterKey™ by accessing things within MasterKey.
- 2. We control what they see, and what they can change, without needing a privileged account.
- 3. We control where they can operate (see and/or change information restricted by OUs).
SuProv™, a joint venture of STSG, has been the focal point/or for the development of MasterKey™ and has developed a user provisioning solution around the creation, separation, enforcement, and implementation of user provisioning for all IT systems deemed necessary in a company. Once installed, this system allows IT and auditors to implement all corporate policies in Active Directory and other systems to be installed, locked down, tracked, and enforced against all users in a company. Users can be employees, contractors, partners, and others needing access. The heart of MasterKey™ is a separate system that is driven by the Human Resources department, which manages all employee hiring and firing, and tasks the chain of command. It securely logs, categorizes, and reports all activity that impacts Active Directory along with the other systems to appropriate designated management with notification and confirmations via e-mail.
Companies today face challenges in leveraging Information Technology budgets to deliver more services and security using fewer resources. IT department responsibilities include creating user access rules, implementing those rules on a daily basis, and then reporting to Auditing how well they are being enforced.
This is not an ideal situation, since the same department that is implementing the policy is also reporting on its own compliance. In addition, user access management has become increasingly complex, with companies having multiple secured domains, applications having their own authentication requirements, and users having needs for IT resources unique to their individual job situation. STSG’s user provisioning solution, MasterKey™, helps our customers simplify their operations while providing more secure access services and greater management control.
Another benefit of the MasterKey™ solution is that it allows a company to manage user access within the existing IT system, without forcing a change to a new template. For example, when two companies combine their operations, with competing IT/HR and audit departments having different policies, security, and user provisioning in place; they still have to meet government-mandated reporting. MasterKey™ is able to assimilate all the different practices on day one of the merged companies and provide a combined database of each company’s provisioning requirements. This is done so that IT and Audit Security can maintain their policies while HR and the merger committee combine the companies’ operations and personnel. Thus, companies will realize savings in time, utilizing existing IT resources, and minimizing personnel conflict.
STSG’s mission is to address the very complex subject of User Provisioning from a new prospective of allowing companies to work with employees to achieve the correct workflow of new, existing, and terminated employees and contractors. MasterKey™ tracks 100% of all user transactions in different systems/modules with permissions, monitoring, and activity reporting, audit, governance, and association compliance within company departments. The following are a list of the modules making MasterKey™ core offerings.
Customer’s benefits of implementing a MasterKey™ solution:
- 1. Central management control of all rules for management of multiple domains, applications, group policies, forests, and security; with audit for compliance, tracking, governance, and reporting.
- 2. The Human Resource Department drives the daily details of MasterKey™, adding, deleting, modifying, recovering, and expiring provisioning for employees and contractors.
- 3. IT Department manages and maintains policies and permissions including test and production systems.
- 4. Audit department assists in creation and enforcement of all policies and permissions along with having accountability for accuracy to match job responsibilities.
- 5. Provisioned users have access to multiple domains with specified timeframes for access.
- 6. Timely access reports and security of all transactions that impact User Provisioning.
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