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Collin County, like all counties in Texas, is considered an extension of state government. Located just north of Dallas, Collin County (the County) provides various government services to its more than 1,000,000 residents. The County’s security team is responsible for enabling secure yet convenient access to appropriate information and services to their on-premise installation of PeopleSoft. Unfortunately, as is often the case with legacy, on-premise PeopleSoft installations, convenient access can lead to security gaps.
The security team at Collin County was observing vulnerabilities in their network regarding potentially unknown people accessing bank account routing numbers. These security gaps made their network prone to phishing attacks by external hackers who could access their network through compromised employee credentials. The attackers also could change the bank account numbers on the direct deposit page so every time the payroll ran, they could deposit the employee paychecks into offshore accounts. Collin County wanted to improve their PeopleSoft data security posture and reached out to Appsian Security to equip them with an MFA solution that could seamlessly integrate into their existing applications without additional servers or customizations.
Following a strategic decision by their Chief Information Security Officer to strengthen data security and protect their network from phishing attacks, the IT leaders at Collin County set out to upgrade and modernize their HCM applications with advanced features to improve data security and block external threats. Using the Appsian Security Platform (ASP), they deployed multi-factor authentication along with logging & analytics to achieve the desired results.
Appsian’s adaptive MFA solution seamlessly integrated with Collin County’s HCM applications without causing additional friction for the users. The County deployed multi-factor authentication to challenge users to reconfirm identity at the page/component level and secured administrative access to PeopleSoft by requiring MFA from everywhere, including in-house. They also secured remote access for banking transactions and improved employees’ payroll data security by successfully detecting and blocking external threats. In addition to multi-factor authentication, Collin County was able to secure sensitive information and PII in nonproduction environments, such as dev, test, and train, by leveraging ASP’s data masking functionality.
Appsian’s PeopleSoft customer base includes multiple state governments and local municipalities, like Collin County, looking for a single platform to strengthen Identity and Access Management, Data Security, and Compliance, including:
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