Guest post from Nathan McBride, vice president, IA & chief cloud architect, AMAG Pharmaceuticals
Implementing a cloud and mobile enterprise for AMAG Pharmaceuticals began with just a rough sketch in 2008. Six years later, we are officially and fully in the cloud. No more Exchange, no more SharePoint, no more eRoom and (definitely) no more Active Directory for AMAG Pharmaceuticals. We’re now a fully mobile, browser-based, BYOD organization. (And with a staff of only seven full-time IT folks to boot.) What was one of the biggest factors in making this dream a reality? Our continued exploration and use of MFA across our environment.
This is the focus for my presentation, “Security in the Cloud: How AMAG Protects Company Data with Multi-Factor Authentication,” at Bio-IT World tomorrow. (I’m presenting at 12:00pm at the Seaport World Trade Center if you’re in Boston.)
We think of our MFA-related efforts at AMAG in two big phases – pre-2011 and post-2011. We define the earlier window by a few key milestones, namely deprecating Active Directory and replacing our data center with Google Apps (ultimately using it as our “master” directory). It was also a relatively opportune time to play around and brainstorm what our authentication strategy needed to like in this new environment.