Tshimologong and ACSA partner for security design challenge

CyberSceThe Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) and Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct have partnered to launch a security access management hackathon

Aimed at streamlining the company’s security access, the ACSA Access Management Challenge hopes to find a unique security solution utilising a single sign on (SSO) approach.

Itumeleng Dhlamini, community manager of Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, said that the hub welcomes the collaborative project with ACSA and is looking forward to work with a host of IT professionals to find an appropriate access management solution.

“ACSA is a world-class airports management organisation running a wide range of systems within each of its operations. The issue of managing access to these systems is a major challenge and resulted in ACSA approaching Tshimologong to not only find a solution, but to use the challenge as a means to identify and build new generation IT skills,” Dhlamini added.

Kutlwano Mtyeku, group manager for brand marketing and communications at ACSA, noted that the issue of user identification is critical within ACSA. “We are no different to any other large organisation that uses a multitude of systems and has hundreds of users. It is imperative to link user identity, either to meet security protocols or to match the system to the user profile. It would prove challenging to utilise a system that requires a user ID and password, which is why ACSA wants to consider various SSO options.”

The initial hackathon briefing session will take place on 23 January 2018, at Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein.

Mtyeku added that while the first priority in the ACSA Challenge is to focus on developing access to IT systems, the winning solution may be expanded to include controlling access to physical spaces via systems fitted to secure doors.

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