Hungarian pharma leader saves time and money with MFA

Securing access for its global team used to involve the complex purchase, shipping and management of thousands of physical tokens for this large Central and Eastern European pharma leader. But a smart move to multi-factor cloud authentication with Azure has removed all that admin and cost.

Egis Pharmaceuticals is a leading generic pharmaceutical company that does everything from basic research through to production of active pharmaceutical ingredients and drug products to sales and marketing in more than 70 countries.

To ensure secure access to important applications for employees, it had used an older on-premises security solution, but was looking for a better alternative. “We wanted to move to cloud-based delivery of this functionality instead, as we did not want to work with tokens anymore and preferred the idea of a centrally-managed way of doing this,” says the company’s IT Operations Manager, Tamás Hierholcz. “We also wanted to offer a solution that would help users working in the field with their own device, so they don’t have to use a separate device to operate as a token. Microsoft Azure Multi-Factor Authentication offered us the flexibility we wanted, as there was no financial investment needed in the beginning, and we could create the test environment in a few days.”

120 staff days saved per year

Working with trusted local implementation partner ALPHANET, Hierholcz now has 1,000 users worldwide working in a whole new way. “ALPHANET understood our needs very quickly, and offered us great advice about technology we were unfamiliar with,” he says. “They worked fast and in a very flexible way; I’d recommend them to others.”

“At Egis, home-office is a very popular way of working and there are a lot of employees who need to travel extensively for their jobs. But as they are now always secured by Azure Multi-Factor Authentication, users can very easily connect to internal Egis systems.”

It also helps the IT budget, as its pricing offers clarity and predictability, and it doesn’t require any physical infrastructure investment or management, or the purchase of any more tokens, saving a lot of money. “Deploying a traditional physical token-based multi-factor authentication solution would have cost us days of setup, shipping and handling of tokens and their day-to-day management. Using the Azure approach, on the other hand, all that time is saved; we estimate as much as 120 staff days.”

Finally, the move to cloud security also aligns well with other strategic moves at the company. “We are in the middle of a digital transformation, based on moving to Microsoft cloud based on Office 365, so using multi-factor authentication is a separate, but integrated step towards what we want to achieve.”

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Egis Pharmaceuticals – MFA Customer Story