Project Highlights

Migrating IAM to the Cloud

Systems Engineering & Integration

VA Cloud Migration

The challenge:

Veterans Affairs’ IAM provides automated, credential-based access control governing over 220 internal and external applications that assist the country’s 24 million veterans and 400,000 department employees and support contractors. IAM authorizes single-sign-on (SSO) across VA’s internal and external facing systems through sophisticated end user authentication. The Department has embraced the government’s cloud strategy that is designed to improve system performance, realize cost savings through managed services approaches and enhanced information security. Because of the intricate complexity, colossal size, and manifold application dependencies associated with IAM, no similar system had previously been targeted for migration to the VA’s enterprise cloud.

Our Approach:

Our approach involved transitioning IBM Tivoli Identity Manager and CA Siteminder-based systems into a more adaptable, secure, and available identity access management capability for the 630,000 users accessing the Department’s systems each day.  This collaborative effort with Microsoft and eight contractor teams established a new service excellence benchmark for federal agency cloud migrations.

The result:

This migration of IAM to VA Enterprise Cloud (VAEC), the largest of the Department’s cloud modernization efforts to date and the first non-native Microsoft application moved successfully to VAEC-Azure, assures the government of reduced system latency, substantial cost savings, robust security and enhanced system availability.