Kiwi Income Property Trust - SafeNet Authentication

Kiwi Income Property Trust (KIPT) is New Zealand’s largest listed diversified property trust with $2.0 billion (as at 31 March 2013) invested in a diversified portfolio of retail and office assets located throughout New Zealand.

The Trust was founded in 1992, and a year later became New Zealand’s first listed property trust.  KIPT invests only in New Zealand real estate, a mandate which it has followed since inception.  At 31 March 2013 the Trust’s portfolio comprised 11 assets located across New Zealand. 

 

BACKGROUND

KIPT’s staff are required by the nature of their job to travel between head office and its associated branches on a regular basis. This mix of mobile and deskbound staff means the ability to work remotely while in transit or away from the office is of great importance to the organization.

In choosing a solution KIPT assessed trends in remote access and mobility which included virtual desktop infrastructure and the secure delivery of such services. 

To get around the limitations produced by a mobile work environment KIPT developed and implemented ‘activity based workspaces’ (ABW). The ABW system allowed staff to ‘hotdesk’ or move between available workstations.

 

CHALLENGES 

Implementation of the ‘hotdesking’ feature brought about its own set of challenges and difficulties to be considered. These included:

 •  An increased requirement for staff to access data and email whilst away from the office.

•  KIPT existing Citrix remote access implementation was out dated and required a refresh.

•  Without an effective platform to deliver access to corporate data KIPT management were aware of the increased risks concerning staff using removable media to make data “mobile”.

 These challenges impacted the business by causing delays, failures to keep pace with the competition, and potentially introduced the chance of a breach in security and compliance.

 

SOLUTION

KIPT felt it was important the solution adopted included dual factor authentication. When considering options software based token security was especially attractive considering the rise of mobile devices and the Bring Your Own Device movement (BYOD).

BYOD has led to a work place environment where staff are free to use multiple devices such as tablets, cell phones and laptops which all separately require secure access to KIPT’s data.

 To address the situation IT considered the market leaders in remote access and mobility, Citrix’s XenDesktop and VDI-In-A-Box and VMware’s View in conjunction with authentication options from SafeNet and Symantec. .

 “The SafeNet Mobile Pass solution provided exactly the level of security Kiwi Income Property Trust required. The solution was quick to deploy and affordable in comparison to Symantec / VeriSign’s VIP. It also scaled well without additional cost allowing for high availability requirements” - Paul Ryan, Systems Administrator, KIPT.

SafeNet’s MobilePASS family of one-time password (OTP) software authentication solutions combines the security of proven two-factor strong authentication with the convenience, simplicity, and ease of use of OTPs generated on personal mobile devices or PCs. By turning a mobile phone into a two-factor authentication device, organizations save significantly on hardware and deployment costs, while users benefit by not having to carry an additional hardware token around with them.

 

BENEFITS

SafeNet gives KIPT’s IT department confidence that their solution is delivered to the end user. SafeNet provided immediate, tangible results such as:

•  Increased efficiency and workplace flexibility.

•  Increased level of security.

•  Quick and easy to deploy.

•  Simple to manage.

•  Affordable in comparison to equivalent solutions.

•  Scalability and high availability options