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Company Size

5,000 employees

“We started out with very simple roles and now we manage user privileges with extreme granularity. The roles in Centrify are essential in limiting what people can access, and locking our systems down.”



Adherence to HSPD-12 regulations required the National Weather Service to implement Common Access Cards (CAC cards) for multi-factor authentication across its heterogeneous environment. The agency’s previous solution lacked smart card and other essential capabilities like auditing and least privilege

Centrify allows the National Weather Service to combine Active Directory credentials with CAC authentication to enable secure access across Unix, Windows and Mac platforms, and leverage Group Policy for centralized management - all with a FIPS 140-2 certified solution in accordance with HSPD-12.

Project Requirements

  • FIPS 140-2 certified smart card support for Windows, Linux and Mac systems
  • Active Directory authentication across all systems
  • Privilege identity management
  • Detailed reporting capabilities for security assessments
  • Day-one support for new OS releases

Aha Moment

Previously, the National Weather Service had no real management or support for Macs within their infrastructure. “With Centrify we learned how we could join Macs to Active Directory to manage those systems and enforce Group Policy as well—that was a big plus,” says Jeff Williams, Systems Integration Chief for the National Weather Service.

Bottom Line

Centrify's Privilege Access Management deployment took approximately eight weeks, half of which were for testing. “Centrify was up and running within 30 minutes in some of our field offices. The deployment manager made it simple and we had great support from customer service,” says Williams. “We haven't had to do anything since implementation. If we conservatively estimate that Centrify saves just one hour for every system in our environment as we perform upgrades, we’re looking at well over $50,000 a year in cost savings.”