Hackensack Meridian Health Quickly Meets COVID-19 Secure (Remote) Access Demands With Appsian Security

With Appsian’s Application Security Platform

Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) made a strategic decision to standardize and implement PeopleSoft HCM for all 33,000 team members across their network of 16 hospitals and 450+ medical centers. HMH set out to provide secure remote access as they enabled Fluid UI for Benefits/Open Enrollment, Employee and Leader Self-Service.


In 2018, Hackensack’s IT leadership realized that delivering secure remote access to select transactions (for tens of thousands of employees) would bring new challenges around data security. As HMH set out to deploy Duo Security’s Single Sign-On and 2-Factor Authentication solutions (Summer 2018), the company faced difficulties with PeopleSoft’s lack of support for SAML-based identity providers in order to achieve full integration. Partnering with Appsian was able to make this native integration streamlined and easy with a short implementation window.

In the winter of 2020, secure remote access went from being a strategic goal to being a demand, due to COVID-19. By continuing to partner with Appsian, HMH was able to quickly “flip a switch” and leverage the Appsian Security Platform to make 100% of PeopleSoft securely exposed to the internet. HMH went from 25% secure exposure to 100% secure exposure in 24 hours.


HMH leveraged Appsian’s Application Security Platform (ASP) to secure their PeopleSoft environment on multiple fronts. Using ASP, Hackensack was able to integrate Duo Security’s SAML-based authentication natively with PeopleSoft – requiring no additional hardware or custom development. With Duo connected to PeopleSoft, HMH improved their identity management capabilities with the addition of SSO and MFA functionality for PeopleSoft HCM users, in turn, securing remote access from external threats.

To enhance PeopleSoft’s access control capabilities, Hackensack deployed ASP’s location-based security to restrict remote access for both regular and high privileged users. To reduce the potential exposure of sensitive information, user accounts were restricted to only self-service functionality when accessed remotely. For high privileged users, as well as local accounts such as admins, access was entirely restricted to the organization’s secure network only.


Using ASP, Hackensack enhanced the security of PeopleSoft and was able to confidently deploy Fluid UI Self-Service to thousands of employees anywhere, on any device. Equipped with native SAML compatibility in PeopleSoft, HMH was able to quickly integrate Duo’s SSO and 2FA solutions to simplify user authentication and secure remote access. While protecting their users’ most sensitive data, HMH leveraged the flexibility of ASP to implement a system that did not compromise on PeopleSoft’s usability.






Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading non-profit health care organization and the largest health care network in New Jersey, offering a range of medical services, innovative research, and life-enhancing care.

  • PeopleSoft Self-Service Security
  • Mobile 2FA
  • Contextual Access Controls


  • Secured PeopleSoft Self-Service Remote Access
  • Implemented SAML-based Single Sign-On
  • Deployed 2-Factor Authentication
  • Restricted Remote Access to Self-Service Only
  • Limited Access of Local & High Privilege Accounts
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