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MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART MOVES IDENTITY MANAGEMENT
TO THE CLOUD

Fischer International’s Identity as a Service® Cloud Chosen for Reliability, Value,
Peace of Mind

Naples, FL (February 21, 2012) -- Fischer International Identity, LLC, a visionary leader in the identity management market, announced today that Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) has successfully moved into production the Fischer Identity as a Service® (IaaS®) solution for user provisioning and password management. Fischer IaaS® provisions accounts and privileges for MICA’s students, faculty and staff, including the resources needed for each individual class. The solution has already significantly reduced calls to the help desk for password resets.

According to Susan Miltenberger, Associate Vice President for Technology, MICA replaced another vendor’s solution after just one year because Fischer IaaS® provides a very forward-thinking solution with robust self service and no need for coding. “It’s a better value for what we’re spending, especially with the flexibility we get from Fischer’s Student FTE pricing. We chose Fischer’s cloud-based solution because Fischer’s availability and reliability are better than most institutions can deliver themselves and it enables our IT staff to concentrate on high-value academic projects. We’ve also been very pleased that Fischer has become a great partner that is focused on the relationship, something we see as unique among vendors.”

Fischer IaaS® has improved the timeliness of MICA’s user provisioning, which will eliminate the challenge where some late-arriving adjunct faculty could not access teaching systems on their first day of classes. The solution provides a secure mechanism for distributing new accounts, which improves MICA’s FERPA compliance. It also provides a flexible process to have users enter answers to challenge questions so that they can securely reset forgotten passwords. Fischer IaaS® tracks who has access to each resource and will automatically de-provision accounts and privileges when they are no longer needed. MICA plans to extend the Fischer solution to additional audiences such as alumni and accepted applicants, additional target systems, and provide more granularity for provisioning privileges.

About Maryland Institute College of Art
Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 54 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

About Fischer International
Fischer International was founded in 1982 by Addison Fischer, a security visionary whose many accomplishments are recognized globally. Fischer International is the leader in cloud-based Identity Management and has a distinguished history of providing unparalleled value through its innovation and thought leadership in the security industry. Fischer continues its technology leadership and innovation by bringing to market an Identity Services Platform that truly simplifies Identity Management, scales seamlessly from the SMB to the largest enterprise, and can be implemented either as a traditional software-as-a product deployment or via any outsourced delivery model without risk or compromise. Fischer is an affiliate member of InCommon. For additional information, please visit www.FischerInternational.com.

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