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Unicon Extends Central Authentication Service (CAS) to Meet Identity and Access Management (IAM) Needs of Altegra Health

Gilbert, AZ (PRWEB) August 18, 2014

Unicon, Inc., a leading IT consulting, services, and support provider specializing in open source, today announced that it has extended the Central Authentication Service (CAS) to solve some of Altegra Health’s key IT business challenges. Altegra Health, a service-oriented healthcare technology company, needed to offer their institutional clients a web single sign-on solution that would support various authentication protocols. Clients needed a simple way to access Altegra Health’s cloud applications and resources using their own existing authentication layer. CAS, an Apereo project, is a flexible open source solution that Unicon extended to meet this need. CAS provides convenient web single sign-on for the enterprise and was already successfully in use at Altegra Health, so the company decided on extending CAS for the solution for their cloud services.

Unicon extended CAS for Altegra Health with new features including multi-tenancy with different policies for each client, and multi-protocol support for a number of standards including SAML, OAuth, and OpenID, and two-factor authentication for greater security.

“CAS is a critical part of our identity and access management infrastructure,” said Joseph Laudadio, Senior Director for Medicare & Strategic Applications, Altegra Health. “The Unicon team helped us extend CAS to meet many important needs which will allow us to meet our clients’ identity and access management requirements without custom integrations for each client.”

Another challenge Altegra Health needed addressed was that their clients required stronger security than a simple username and password combination. Unicon implemented support for two-factor authentication to meet this need, completely configurable to use different specific solutions including Duo Security and YubiKey. Two–factor authentication enhances the security of the IT infrastructure by better ensuring that only authorized individuals are actually accessing system logins.

CAS provides an open source alternative to traditional proprietary solutions, permitting Altegra Health to reap the advantages of open source software. These advantages include reduced cost (due to lack of licensing fees) and increased flexibility (such as the ability to make the changes described). CAS is built on open standards and integrates effectively with many applications and systems. Altegra Health’s CAS deployment is an innovative open source solution that promotes secure cloud services adoption.

To learn more about how Altegra Health solved their IT business challenges with CAS, attend the webinar on August 21, at 11:00 a.m. PST. Read more and register at

About Altegra Health
Altegra Health is a leading provider of technology-enabled, end-to-end payment solutions that enhance quality, strengthen compliance, and optimize financial performance for healthcare organizations. As a quality, care and revenue management solutions partner, Altegra Health empowers Medicare Advantage, Managed Medicaid, and Health Insurance Marketplace/Exchange health plans to integrate key areas of financial performance and continuity of care while improving the quality of life of the individuals they serve. For more information, visit

About Unicon
Unicon, Inc. is a leading provider of IT consulting, services, and support for education technology and works with institutions and organizations to find solutions to meet business challenges. Unicon specializes in using open source technologies to deliver flexible and cost-effective systems in the areas of identity and access management, student success, mobile computing, learning management systems, portals, online video, calendaring, email, and collaboration. Unicon is a Commercial Affiliate of the Apereo Foundation; an InCommon Affiliate and Participant; an Industry Member of Internet2; an Affiliate Member of IMS Global Learning Consortium; an Advanced Consulting Partner in the Amazon Web Services Partner Network; an Organization Member of the Drupal Association; a Solution Partner of Kaltura; a Services Partner of Liferay; and a reseller of Zimbra. For more information, visit:

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