West Midlands Police has selected the Access Assurance Suite from Courion to meet its identity and access management (IAM) needs.

The deployment of the solution to all 15,000 employees is due to be completed by the end of the year and will enable access certification and compliance management, role lifecycle management, user provisioning and password management.

Paul Williamson, programme manager for gateway at West Midlands Police, said: “Without wishing to sound dramatic, some of the data accessed by the police force on a daily basis can be life threatening if it falls into the wrong hands, so it is critical to verify that all access is appropriate.

“The aim of the project is to automate what has been a bureaucratic, slow, manual access management process. What won it for Courion was the solution's ease of implementation and simplicity, combined with the fact that it offers so much functionality behind the scenes.”

Marc Lee, director of sales for EMEA at Courion, said: “The Courion Access Assurance Suite ensures that the right people have the right access to the right resources, and are using them in the right way. Nowhere is that access assurance more critical than when dealing with sensitive data that could potentially save lives.

“By overhauling and updating its IAM processes, the West Midlands Police force has made great strides to better serve and protect its community, both while in uniform and in the data centre.”