Welcome!

Apache Authors: Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, John Mertic, Liz McMillan, Janakiram MSV

Blog Feed Post

Centrify Delivers Windows Privilege Management to Mitigate Internal Threats to Systems On-Premise and in the Cloud

New Centrify Suite 2013 Uniquely Helps Organisations Meet Compliance Requirements and Reduce Costs for the Broadest Set of Cloud and On-Premise Platforms

London, UK - Jan 29, 2013 - Centrify Corporation, the leader in Unified Identity Services across data center, cloud and mobile, today announced the general availability of the latest version of the Centrify Suite security and compliance solution in use today by more than 4,500 organisations worldwide. Featuring new advanced privileged user management and auditing for Windows systems, as well as new "sudo" migration tools for Linux systems, Centrify Suite 2013 enables organisations to quickly and effectively meet compliance requirements, mitigate risks from internal threats, and reduce operational costs across the broadest set of cross-platform systems deployed on-premise and in the cloud.

In today's heterogeneous IT environments, achieving security best practices and compliance by linking access privileges and actions to named users is a complex task. Managing user privileges for Windows, UNIX and Linux systems can be difficult to implement since identities and privileges often reside in disparate silos or are managed locally system by system. Point solutions exist for privilege management of Windows systems or UNIX and Linux systems, but no solutions exist that span across both Windows and UNIX/Linux that utilise a unified architecture leveraging existing directory infrastructure. Centrify Suite 2013 offers a comprehensive approach to identity management that includes integrated authentication, access control, privilege management, policy enforcement and compliance — all based on a single, unified architecture that leverages Microsoft Active Directory. This eliminates the need for IT staff to install, configure and manage multiple single-purpose products from a collection of other vendors.

According to Gartner, "…there is a need for the organisation to have more granular control over and visibility into the way that these privileges are granted and used. Super User Privilege Management (SUPM) tools offer a flexible method for granting and/or limiting these privileges in a way that matches the organisation's needs." [1]

Windows Privileged Management
Centrify Suite 2013 now includes DirectAuthorize for Windows, a new integrated solution that eliminates problems associated with too many users having broad and unmanaged administrative powers by delivering secure delegation of privileged access and granularly enforcing who can perform what administrative functions. Key features of DirectAuthorize for Windows include:

  • Secure delegation of privileged administration for Windows Servers. DirectAuthorize eliminates wide-open privileges of Windows and Domain administrators and grants privileges to only the roles, rights and resources required for each administrator's job function. It also allows administrators to easily elevate privilege without having to re-enter passwords or know an administrative password.

  • Granular authorisation and enforcement of administrative functions. DirectAuthorize goes beyond capabilities found natively in Windows by time limiting privileges for any user, restricting the access rights of high-privilege roles to specific systems, services or applications. It also delivers secure delegation using Centrify's patented Zones technology that provides the necessary flexibility and granularity for administrative functions.

  • Seamless integration with user-level auditing. DirectAuthorize integrates with Centrify DirectAudit to easily add user-session capture, search and playback, and can automatically trigger high-value session recording based on user, role, system or privilege elevation.

Enhanced Privilege Management for UNIX and Linux
In addition to the new Windows privilege management capabilities, Centrify Suite 2013 builds on its core capabilities to further empower organisations to easily migrate and manage identities and secure privileged user access across UNIX and Linux systems. New Linux- and UNIX-specific functionalities now available in Suite 2013 include:

  • Centralised UNIX/Linux authorisation with simple SUDO migration and SUDO replacement features. New import wizards automate the retrieval and import of sudoers' files for centralised enforcement via the Centrify Suite.

  • Enhanced user policy enforcement and administrative session audits. DirectAudit policies can now trigger auditing sessions for specific user, computer and DirectAuthorize roles.

  • Additional UNIX and Linux platform support. Already supporting the most platforms in the industry, the new solution now supports more than 400 platforms, applications and devices, including new platforms such as Fedora 18; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8, 5.9 and 6.3; CentOS 5.8, 5.9 and 6.3; Scientific Linux 5.8, 5.9 and 6.3; Oracle Linux 6.3; Ubuntu 12.10; Linux Mint 13 and 14; Mandriva One 2012; and OpenSuSE 12.2 and 12.3.

"Centrify Suite 2013 raises the bar in delivering enhanced functionality for organisations to secure their systems and protect their resources across cloud and on-premise environments, including Windows least-privilege access management," said Matt Hur, Centrify senior director of product management. "With Centrify, organisations take advantage of their existing Microsoft Active Directory investments across the industry's broadest set of platforms in heterogeneous environments to centralise disparate identities and control privileged access for improved security and compliance."

Pricing and Availability
Centrify Suite 2013 is available today from Centrify and authorised partners worldwide. For more information about the Centrify Suite and a five-minute demo of the new DirectAuthorize for Windows, visit http://www.centrify.com/suite. To request a free Centrify Suite 2013 trial, visit http://www.centrify.com/trial.

Note 1 - Gartner, "Hype Cycle for Identity and Access Management Technologies, 2012," by Gregg Kreizman, et al, July 23, 2012.

About Centrify
Centrify provides Unified Identity Services across the data center, cloud and mobile that results in one single login for users and one unified identity infrastructure for IT. Centrify's solutions reduce costs and increase agility and security by leveraging an organisation's existing identify infrastructure to enable centralised authentication, access control, privilege management, policy enforcement and compliance. Centrify customers typically reduce their costs associated with identity lifecycle management and compliance by more than 50 percent. With more than 4,500 customers worldwide, including 40 percent of the Fortune 50 and more than 60 Federal agencies, Centrify is deployed on more than one million server, application and mobile device resources on-premise and in the cloud. For more information about Centrify and its solutions, visit http://www.centrify.com/.

###

Centrify, DirectAudit, DirectControl and DirectSecure are registered trademarks and DirectAuthorize and DirectManage are trademarks of Centrify Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Contact:
Michael Rennett
[email protected]
020 8392 4086

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By RealWire News Distribution

RealWire is a global news release distribution service specialising in the online media. The RealWire approach focuses on delivering relevant content to the receivers of our client's news releases. As we know that it is only through delivering relevance, that influence can ever be achieved.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to impr...
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
Businesses and business units of all sizes can benefit from cloud computing, but many don't want the cost, performance and security concerns of public cloud nor the complexity of building their own private clouds. Today, some cloud vendors are using artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify cloud deployment and management. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ajay Gulati, Co-founder and CEO of ZeroStack, will discuss how AI can simplify cloud operations. He will cover the following topics: why clou...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
"ReadyTalk is an audio and web video conferencing provider. We've really come to embrace WebRTC as the platform for our future of technology," explained Dan Cunningham, CTO of ReadyTalk, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at WebRTC Summit at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Successful digital transformation requires new organizational competencies and capabilities. Research tells us that the biggest impediment to successful transformation is human; consequently, the biggest enabler is a properly skilled and empowered workforce. In the digital age, new individual and collective competencies are required. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bob Newhouse, CEO and founder of Agilitiv, drew together recent research and lessons learned from emerging and established compa...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Everyone knows that truly innovative companies learn as they go along, pushing boundaries in response to market changes and demands. What's more of a mystery is how to balance innovation on a fresh platform built from scratch with the legacy tech stack, product suite and customers that continue to serve as the business' foundation. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, discussed why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and mor...
We are always online. We access our data, our finances, work, and various services on the Internet. But we live in a congested world of information in which the roads were built two decades ago. The quest for better, faster Internet routing has been around for a decade, but nobody solved this problem. We’ve seen band-aid approaches like CDNs that attack a niche's slice of static content part of the Internet, but that’s it. It does not address the dynamic services-based Internet of today. It does...
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
Major trends and emerging technologies – from virtual reality and IoT, to Big Data and algorithms – are helping organizations innovate in the digital era. However, to create real business value, IT must think beyond the ‘what’ of digital transformation to the ‘how’ to harness emerging trends, innovation and disruption. Architecture is the key that underpins and ties all these efforts together. In the digital age, it’s important to invest in architecture, extend the enterprise footprint to the cl...
Connected devices and the industrial internet are growing exponentially every year with Cisco expecting 50 billion devices to be in operation by 2020. In this period of growth, location-based insights are becoming invaluable to many businesses as they adopt new connected technologies. Knowing when and where these devices connect from is critical for a number of scenarios in supply chain management, disaster management, emergency response, M2M, location marketing and more. In his session at @Th...
"Dice has been around for the last 20 years. We have been helping tech professionals find new jobs and career opportunities," explained Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
"We're a cybersecurity firm that specializes in engineering security solutions both at the software and hardware level. Security cannot be an after-the-fact afterthought, which is what it's become," stated Richard Blech, Chief Executive Officer at Secure Channels, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
In addition to all the benefits, IoT is also bringing new kind of customer experience challenges - cars that unlock themselves, thermostats turning houses into saunas and baby video monitors broadcasting over the internet. This list can only increase because while IoT services should be intuitive and simple to use, the delivery ecosystem is a myriad of potential problems as IoT explodes complexity. So finding a performance issue is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life sett...