Lighthouse Gateway™ SaaS-Based Managed Enterprise Security Solution Wins the Innovation Award at IBM's Pulse 2009 Conference


IBM judges honor the new product for delivering high-end Identity and Access Management as user-friendly, economical service.

LINCOLN, RI – February 12, 2009 – IBM Tivoli has named Lighthouse Security Group’s new Lighthouse Gateway solution as winner of the second annual IBM Tivoli 2009 Business Partner Innovation Award. The award was announced and presented at the Business Partner Summit during IBM’s Pulse 2009 event this week in Las Vegas, NV.

The announcement by IBM Tivoli said, “This award recognizes a visionary Business Partner who is leading the charge to manage the world’s infrastructure with IBM Tivoli software. The solution shows a new capability in an innovative, exciting format and encompasses solving the problems of today's IT market using creative methods and be positioned to become a driver in tomorrow's new markets.”

A military-grade security solution, made affordable for mid-market companies.

To meet both security and business challenges, Lighthouse developed its Lighthouse Gateway™ managed security solution. Lighthouse Gateway™ is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that delivers all the benefits of a complete Identity and Access Management (IAM) infrastructure, while reducing the risk and expenses associated with in-house operations, staff, acquisitions, maintenance and upgrades. By implementing advanced Web-based SaaS technologies, Lighthouse Gateway™ eliminates the cost and burden of purchasing, deploying and maintaining an in-house security infrastructure.

With the Lighthouse Gateway™ SaaS solution, companies can now secure their enterprises with minimal investment. Lighthouse Gateway™ affords companies the benefit of a compliant, industry-leading, open standard-based IAM solution at a fraction of the cost of deploying a conventional in-house infrastructure. On average, the Lighthouse Gateway™ service will cost companies 30 - 60% less over the first 3 years of operation when compared to on-premise costs.

“We’re excited and encouraged that Lighthouse Gateway was picked for the top award in this year’s global competition,” said Eric Maass, Enterprise Security Solutions director at Lighthouse. “As identity and access management becomes ever more critical due to heightened risks, regulatory compliance, and corporate responsibility, the costs and investment to keep up with these technologies are mounting for most companies. We strongly believe that the SaaS approach of the Gateway, built upon strong roots and our experience with similar challenges in the Department of Defense, will enable us to deliver a best-of-breed, turnkey solution for a fraction of the conventional cost-of-ownership, said Maass.”

VantisLife Insurance Company (a provider of affordable life insurance products marketed through the banking industry) is the first commercial customer of the Lighthouse Gateway services.. As a mid-sized company, VantisLife was an excellent candidate to benefit from the cost savings and simplified implementation of Lighthouse Gateway.

“VantisLife was facing an initial cost of ownership investment in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, with a four- to six-month startup window, to meet enhanced security and regulatory compliance standards,” said Jim Lovelace, associate vice president of information technology of VantisLife. “Instead, with the Lighthouse Gateway solution, we have a state of the art security solution, at a fixed monthly service fee that will cost us less over three years than the cost of the initial stand-up of a wholly owned and operated infrastructure -- and we went from assessment to implementation in just six weeks.”

A SaaS success proven through years of service with the US armed forces.

Formerly chief security architect of the Air Force’s Global Combat Support System (GCSS-AF), Maass ensured that the Gateway vision shares deep roots with the SaaS technologies brought to market originally by the Department of Defense. “The Lighthouse Gateway solution is built on a security model that has been proven in operational use for the U.S. Air Force,” said John Gilligan, former chief information officer of the Air Force, under whose direction the agency pioneered such SaaS concepts to dramatically reduce IT expenditures. Currently a member of the Cyber Security Commission that advises the President of the United States, Gilligan continued, “Providing this solution as a service permits any organization to maintain a robust security posture, while reducing cost and risk, making it an enormously attractive alternative to conventional approaches.”

Sharing that sentiment is Dr. Joseph Besselman, the retired Air Force program manager credited with leading the evolution of the Air Force’s multi-million user IT infrastructure to a SaaS model. “The Lighthouse Gateway is yet another wave in the commoditization of IT, encapsulating the lessons learned, experience, and derived services developed over a course of seven years securing and defending against the continuous and evolutionary attacks faced by the Air Force’s combat support community.”

More information about Lighthouse Gateway and the advantages of security SaaS is available by contacting Lighthouse Security Group at 888-542-8030.

About Lighthouse Security Group, LLC
Lighthouse Security Group, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lighthouse Computer Services, Inc., is a premier provider of enterprise IT security solutions, offering consulting, integration and maintenance services to a wide range of industries, including Financial Services, Healthcare, Retail, Manufacturing, Higher Education, and Department of Defense. Established in 2007, Lighthouse Security Group consists of a team of world-class enterprise IT experts with deep industry knowledge and DoD and intelligence agency clearance. With rigorous process-driven engineering and compliance-ready solutions, Lighthouse Security Group solves an enterprise’s security challenges, including: Identity and Access Management (IAM), Service Oriented Architecture Security, Federated IAM, Enterprise Audit and Compliance Management, and Network Perimeter Security.

For more information, please contact:
David Sylvestre
Lighthouse Computer Services, Inc.
Tel: 401-334-0799 ext. 155
E-mail: [email protected]

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