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Northern Air Cargo Selects Ping Identity for One-Click Employee Access to Cloud Applications

Cloud Single Sign-On Solution Provides Strong Security, Centralized IT Control and Straightforward User Access from Any Device to All SaaS Apps

DENVER, Colo. — September 26, 2013

DENVER, Colo. — September 26, 2013 — Ping Identity®, The Identity Security Company™, today announced that Northern Air Cargo (NAC), Alaska’s largest all-cargo airline, selected Ping Identity to enable all of its employees to easily and securely sign in to its network and have one-click access to any cloud app. With Ping Identity, NAC has increased app adoption, reduced administration costs and strengthened security.

While approximately half of the airline’s 320 employees are mobile, most of the others do not spend much time on computers. To make access to key applications and resources easier for all employees, NAC turned to the cloud. The airline implemented Ultimate Software’s SaaS-based people management platform, UltiPro, to streamline its multiple human resources functions along with the Federal Aviation Agency’s (FAA) new open-source and Web-based safety-event reporting and database tool (WBAT) to implement stronger safety standards. In its efforts to convince its workforce to adopt the new self-service HR portal and Web-based safety tool, which both require distinct user IDs and passwords for access, the company sought an easy-to-use, SaaS-based single sign-on (SSO) solution that would help them reduce password reset requests and enable secure employee app access.

NAC chose Ping Identity’s cloud-based SSO solution to provide user access to all SaaS applications from any device. The standards-based solution integrates with NAC’s Active Directory and provides centralized, IT-controlled access to SaaS and local applications. In addition to supporting hundreds of SaaS applications, including UltiPro and WBAT, Ping Identity provides strong security with no storage or replication of credentials in the cloud, and requires no on-premise hardware or software, an important criterion for NAC.

"Ping Identity gave us the whole package with its solution,” said Michael Blanton, Enterprise Applications Manager for NAC. “Security and employee relations are a big priority for us. Finding a solution that would provide secure access from every device and make access easier for all of our employees made our decision easy. It has been the easiest, most seamless integration we’ve ever completed.”

Up and running in mere weeks, Ping Identity has helped fuel adoption of the self-service HR portal, with use rates up 30 percent to date, and enabled seamless, secure anytime and anywhere mobile access. This has resulted in improved communication and decreased costs for the airline. Ping Identity has also cut the IT service desk’s workload in half, with decreased password resets and general solution support. With substantial workforce growth anticipated through mergers and acquisitions in the short term, NAC is prepared to scale seamlessly since Ping Identity is designed to manage and support an expanding user base and application portfolio.

“Ping Identity’s on-demand workforce identity management delivers secure standards-based SSO from any device, proven integration with on-premise identity systems and IT-controlled access to SaaS and local applications,” explained Bill Dedrick, president, Ping Identity. “Because of this, Ping Identity is the answer for companies like Northern Air Cargo that require easy employee access to apps no matter where they are located and rapid scalability to meet increased demand with minimal involvement from its IT staff.” About Northern Air Cargo Established in 1956, Northern Air Cargo pioneered the delivery of outsized cargo to remote sites throughout Alaska. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saltchuk Resources, Inc., the company provides scheduled and charter cargo service throughout Alaska, the Lower 48 states and North America, as well as aircraft maintenance and ground handling services. To learn more, visit

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