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Children's Hospital Boston to Deliver Identity Management Case Study at Healthsec Boston.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Children's Chief Information Security Officer to Discuss Implementation of Courion's Award-Winning Identity Management Solution

Courion Corporation(R), a leading provider of self-service identity management solutions, today announced that its customer, Children's Hospital Boston, the nation's premier pediatric medical center, will deliver a case study presentation featuring its self-service identity management project at HealthSec Conference & Expo 2004, September 27-29 in Boston. The presentation titled "Identity Management and HIPAA: Achieving Measurable Results on the Road to Compliance," will be delivered on September 28 at 10:30 a.m. by Paul Scheib, Children's chief information security officer.

Scheib's presentation will focus on defining the need for and requirements of an identity management solution within a healthcare organization and its alignment with an organization's HIPAA compliance efforts. He will discuss Children's business case for procuring and implementing Courion's flagship self-service identity management products, AccountCourier(R) and PasswordCourier(R), the immediate operational benefits realized by Children's and how the hospital plans to expand its identity management capabilities through account provisioning enhancements and, monitoring and auditing of user access and privileges.

"Identity management issues are of paramount concern to the healthcare industry as patient privacy and data security issues become increasingly higher in importance," stated Scheib. "Rather than becoming another barrier to hurdle, it has become an opportunity to simplify security from the end user perspective and at the same time improve our internal IT security policies and processes."

"Since implementing Courion's Identity Management Suite, we have experienced many benefits beyond the myriad of HIPAA compliance issues we have addressed," continued Scheib. "Among the operational benefits we have witnessed are a streamlining of the user provisioning process from several weeks to two hours or less, an 80 percent reduction in password reset calls to our Information Systems Help Desk and a reduction in the number of staff involved in security administration from 20 to 30, to just one, allowing us to reassign these resources to other critical IT needs."

In a recent survey at the Courion customer conference, CONVERGE, customers cited a need to improve data protection and reduce organizational risk. Customers reported that compliance is a top concern for the coming year and that they plan to leverage identity management solutions to address it. Eighty percent said they plan to implement some process for reviewing, confirming or correcting access rights in the future and 43 percent expect to have to attest to user access rights on at least a semi-annual basis. For more survey results and to learn about Courion's recent release of ComplianceCourier(TM), go to www.courion.com/news.

Courion will be demonstrating the capabilities of its Identity Management Suite(TM), including its recently released ComplianceCourier solution, at HealthSec Conference & Expo. Visit them at booth #133 in the Boston Marriott Copley Place, September 27-29.

About Children's Hospital Boston

Children's Hospital Boston is the nation's premier pediatric medical center. Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, today it is a 300-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. More than 100 outpatient specialty clinics are located at Children's. Children's Hospital Boston is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, home to the world's leading pediatric research enterprise, and the largest provider of health care to the children of Massachusetts. For more information about the hospital visit: www.childrenshospital.org.

About Courion

Courion Corporation provides award-winning self-service identity management solutions in Identity Management Suite(TM). Over 220 enterprise customers worldwide including 55 of the FORTUNE 500 utilize the Suite to securely automate routine, manual processes for user provisioning, password management, industry and regulatory compliance, virtual directory management and digital certificate management. By leveraging the existing infrastructure and integrating disparate workflows within the enterprise, Courion solutions drive operational efficiency, optimize user productivity, strengthen security, reduce costs and ensure efficiency in achieving policy compliance. For more information, contact Courion's headquarters in Framingham, MA, USA at 508-879-8400 or visit www.courion.com

Courion, AccountCourier, PasswordCourier, ComplianceCourier and Identity Management Suite are registered trademarks or trademarks of Courion Corporation. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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