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UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School Turns to Ping Identity to Solve Identity Management Complexity


Ping Identity®, The Cloud Identity Security Leader™, today announced that the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School has selected PingFederate to ease the management of identities across applications. By providing secure, seamless single sign-on (SSO) access to its hosted solutions, UNC Kenan-Flagler can offer its students a smooth user experience as its adopts new technologies and expands its infrastructure.

As the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School began introducing hosted applications into its IT ecosystem, the IT department was burdened with doing custom federation for each solution, which was both costly and time intensive. At the same time, UNC Kenan-Flagler was planning to install a new Learning Management System (LMS), an application that students access frequently each day, and needed a solution that would provide its students with simple, secure access to the new technology without requiring multiple password logins. To remove this burden on its small, three-person system administration staff, the business school's IT organization sought a more strategic solution that would eliminate the complexity of reconfiguring its architecture with each new hosted application while ensuring secure SSO access and continuing to provide a smooth student experience where they have no knowledge of the underlying complexity.

“Our first priority was to provide our 1,600 students with quick and easy access to these outside applications without getting bogged down by the backend technical requirements necessary for us to expand into hosted services,” explained Susan Kellogg, associate dean of IT and CIO at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “PingFederate's ease-of-deployment and ability to work seamlessly with existing IT systems made it ideal for UNC Kenan-Flagler.”

UNC Kenan-Flagler began with a 30-day proof of concept (POC) trial of PingFederate, Ping Identity's cloud identity management software for cloud single sign-on, secure mobile access, automated cloud user provisioning and API security. The UNC Kenan-Flagler IT team determined that PingFederate would be a key piece of the overall identity management strategy both internally and externally. Long-term the solution will eliminate the need for them to create custom authentication paths for each of the School's applications while providing staff and students with a smooth sign-on experience to access hosted applications, including the new LMS, SharePoint, Career Services and Admissions.

“As higher education institutions increasingly adopt hosted environments within their infrastructure, they need to balance the need for application accessibility with security,” said Ping Identity Marketing Vice President Roger Oberg. “PingFederate empowers UNC Kenan-Flagler to adapt to the evolving needs of its IT environment while improving productivity for its students and increasing overall security.”

PingFederate's use of trusted standard identity protocols, including SAML, OpenID, and WS-Fed, offers an additional benefit, freeing the IT team from worrying about changing requirements. Additionally, PingFederate's agility and ability to easily scale will enable UNC Kenan-Flagler to expand its usage as more hosted solutions are adopted.

“With the consumerization of IT over the last few years, we've been battling complexity on all fronts,” continued Kellogg. “However, when it comes to identity management, PingFederate makes it easy, removing many of the associated intricacies for our IT department.”

About Ping Identity | The Cloud Identity Security Leader

Ping Identity provides cloud identity security solutions to more than 800 of the world's largest companies, government organizations and cloud businesses. With a 99% customer satisfaction rating, Ping Identity empowers more than 42 of the Fortune 100 to secure hundreds of millions of employees, customers, consumers and partners using secure, open standards like SAML, OpenID and OAuth. Businesses that depend on the Cloud rely on Ping Identity to deliver simple, proven and secure cloud identity management through single sign-on, federated identity management, mobile identity security, API security, social media integration, and centralized access control. Visit for more information.

About The University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School

Consistently ranked one of the world's best business schools, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School is known for extraordinary learning experiences, innovative research and developing results-driven leaders who use business as an engine for global change. Its collaborative culture is based on core values of excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork. UNC Kenan-Flagler prepares people at every stage of their careers to manage successfully in the global business environment. Programs include five MBA programs (full-time residential, Evening MBA Program for Executives, Weekend MBA Program for Executives, global OneMBA® and online MBA@UNC); Master of Accounting; undergraduate business; PhD; non-degree Executive Development; and the UNC Business Essentials certificate program. Our Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise helps business and government tackle problems with impact on society through its operations at UNC and in Bangkok.

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