Case Studies

Solution: Multifactor authentication and access security for bank staff and Internet Banking Customers
Client: Zenith Bank PLC
Industry: Banking
Location : Nigeria

Business Driver: In order to protect the bank’s information assets and ensure confidentiality and integrity of customer information and financial transactions, Zenith Bank needed to add a scalable banking level access security solution layer to existing security controls. The company wanted to move away from the use of vulnerable static passwords that are susceptible to being stolen or used in fraudulent impersonations and social engineering attacks. Zenith Bank opted for a strong authentication solution that supports non-repudiated users’ transactional activities.

Solution: Zenith Bank engaged the services of MAXUT Consulting to design, recommend and implement a scalable two-factor authentication architecture suitable for a large number of bank staff and 100s of thousands of Online Banking customers. The solution needed to consolidate and protect heterogeneous access points, corporate web, core banking and internet banking applications within a centralized authentication framework. The Bank also required simple to use, low maintenance and cost effective hardware tokens for the large number of end-users. MAXUT Consulting successfully deployed VASCO Identikey Authentication Server solution in a High Availability and Business Continuity Planning (BCP) infrastructure. The platform was integrated with various access and authentication points including Windows logons, Microsoft Active Directory (AD), Remote virtual private network (VPN) and various banking applications. read more..



Solution: VASCO Two-Factor Authentication Platform with DigiPass Hardware Tokens
Client: Jaiz Bank
Industry: Banking
Location : Nigeria

Business Driver: Jaiz Bank needed to protect online banking customers from identity and payment fraud schemes that lead to account takeover, and the internal banking staff from social engineering risks. Added to these key drivers are expected directives from the apex bank in Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) regarding the use of strong authentication by bank employees involved with customer transactions and internal banking information systems. Jaiz Bank planned to be compliant ahead of these critical business needs as well as other security standards such as PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) .

Solution: After consultations and an open bidding process, Jaiz Bank engaged the services of MAXUT Consulting Ltd. for a solution that offers a unique combination of user convenience with two-factor authentication and access security. MAXUT designed and implemented a solution that integrated Jaiz Bank’s online banking applications with VASCO VACMAN Controller. This back-end solution was supported by DigiPass Go6 hardware tokens that generated one-time passwords (OTP) for over 10,000 online banking customers issued with the tokens. The bank was able to totally eliminate the use of vulnerable static passwords by customers. read more..



Solution: VASCO Two-Factor Authentication Platform with Pin-protected DigiPass 260 Tokens
Client: Diamond Bank
Industry: Banking
Location : Nigeria

Business Driver: Diamond Bank needed to protect internal banking staff from identity thefts and social engineering risks. Part of the requirements dictated that any recommended solution must leverage existing internal knowledge of VASCO IAS solution already deployed for customer banking. The bank needed a partner that could deploy a suitable solution and provide software expertise in integrating the two-factor authentication platform with various corporate internal web applications and Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking applications.

Solution: Working with TASK Systems an incumbent and long-term IT partner at Diamond Bank Plc., MAXUT Consulting deployed VASCO IAS for internal bank staff and created a web services module (“DRAXLA”) that served as the front-end to various web applications requiring two-factor authentication at the bank. The use of the integration module dramatically reduced the time to integrate current and new web-based applications to the 2FA platform, by abstracting the bank’s application developers from the complexity of platform. The approach enables Diamond Bank to be one of the first banks in Nigeria to be compliant well ahead of the deadline, with a subsequent CBN Directive requiring strong authentication by employees with access to Core Banking applications and internal systems. read more..
Solution: Data Centre Infrastructure Management
Client: Wayfarer Aviation
Industry: Aviation
Location : USA

Challenge: Wayfarer Aviation was at a risk of losing sensitive data to intruders and malicious users. The company also needed the expertise of a consulting company to help manage and secure its enormous virtual infrastructure, applications and networks.

Solution: MAXUT Consulting was hired to secure the company’s data infrastructure assets from attacks within and outside the organization. This required us to implement mandatory IT controls to prevent a re-occurrence, help draft an IT policy, standards and procedures to ensure adherence to industry best practices and FAA regulatory controls. MAXUT’s consultants immediately seized control of the client’s IT infrastructure and implemented solutions that restricted unauthorized and malicious users from accessing the network and systems. MAXUT Consultant also assisted in optimizing the existing VMware virtual infrastructure and managing the application virtualization infrastructure using Citrix Xenapp Server. MAXUT Consultant also implemented Active Directory audit controls using the award-winning ScriptLogic Active Administrator and Desktop Authority.



Solution: Enterprise IT Infrastructure Deployment
Client: JC International Ltd
Industry: Oil & Gas
Location : USA

Challenge: JC International, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company is a key player in the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector specializing in statutory lifting equipment inspections and training. Given the company’s critical role it is imperative that the IT infrastructure that supports the company’s business, its offshore based staff and its partners perform at a high level, JCI needed a reliable and nimble partner to work with to upgrade its IT infrastructure. The company also required the selected partner to go the extra mile to meet some immediate business requirements with a UK-based supplier. MAXUT Consulting participated in an open bidding process and won the confidence of JCI senior management as the most suitable expert to work with.

Solution: MAXUT Consulting took extra steps to meet the needs of JCI ahead of the deadline with the UK partner. For the project, MAXUT consulting provided Messaging (based on Microsoft Exchange), Microsoft SharePoint, Internet Security and Web Monitoring, and VPN/Firewall Connectivity solutions. MAXUT also provided specialized server environment for the rapid deployment of a proprietary Oil and Gas application that was a top priority for JCI Management.



Solution: Infrastructure Management and Consulting & Advisory
Client: Cross River State Government
Industry: Government
Location : Nigeria

Challenge: CRSG was looking to increase its capacity such that it is able to serve its 69 Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as146 Health Centers across the State through operational management of the State Data Centre as well as optimizing and securing IT Infrastructure. This was a huge project and required CRSG to engage experienced and qualified IT Infrastructure Company with well developed project and change management skills.

Solution: After a rigorous and credible selection process, MAXUT Consulting emerged the most qualified IT partner and was selected to deliver the project. The solutions provided included the deployment of high availability virtual infrastructure using VMware, re-design and creation of a suitable Active Directory, implementation of messaging infrastructure using Microsoft Exchange 2010, implementation of enterprise antivirus solution using Microsoft Forefront and ScriptLogic’s Active Administrator, operational management of the Data Centre, training and development of Data Centre staff to effectively manage the Data Centre and Hub Sites across the state, as well as Consultancy and Advisory on a host of other IT initiatives that the state embarked on.



Solution: Enterprise IT Infrastructure Deployment
Client: Dover Engineering Limited
Industry: Oil & Gas
Location : Nigeria

Challenge: Dover Engineering Limited had a challenge with their messaging system, which was a pop3 model (store and forward). Therefore, sending and receiving emails, synchronizing folders across geographic locations while auditing access to the company’s data assets was never achieved seamlessly due to extremely slow internet access.

Solution: MAXUT Consulting was engaged to immediately resolve the issues and implement an optimized and secure IT infrastructure across the enterprise. The proposed solution included unified messaging infrastructure using Microsoft Exchange 2007, End -Point Security using Symantec Protection Suite, Script Logic File System Auditor, Active Administrator and Desktop Authority.