Centrify Unveils Easy-to-Use, Secure Access for SaaS and Cloud Service
Builds on Microsoft Active Directory to Enhance Unified Identity Services across Data Center, Cloud and Mobile, Resulting in One Single Login for Users and One Identity Infrastructure for IT
The rapid adoption of SaaS applications combined with Bring-Your-Own Device (BYOD) programs means that IT organizations increasingly don’t own the endpoint devices or back-end application resources. Centralized management of users’ digital identity that spans on-premise and cloud resources provides the visibility and control required for organizations to achieve compliance, reduce costs and mitigate risks, while also enabling productivity and secure access for user centric, mobile workforces.
Today’s announcement of comprehensive SaaS and Cloud Services support (http://www.centrify.com/
“As organizational boundaries continue to erode under the pressure of federation and outsourcing, and as enterprise control over IT continues to weaken through increased adoption of mobile devices and cloud services, identity is more important than ever, and more problematic,”
One Single Login for Users. One Unified Identity Infrastructure for IT
Centrify DirectControl for SaaS allows users to securely utilize their existing Active Directory credentials to get Single Sign-on to their SaaS apps from a web browser running on any system, laptop or mobile device, irrespective of whether the endpoint is on the corporate network or not. And because mobile devices are fast becoming the dominant endpoint of choice, Centrify also offers “Zero Sign-On” (ZSO) from mobile devices running iOS or Android, and supports both browser and native rich mobile apps through the secure certificate delivered to their mobile devices enrolled with the Centrify Cloud Service. In addition, Centrify DirectControl for SaaS also offers the robust MyCentrify portal where users receive one-click access to all their SaaS apps and can utilize self-service features that let them locate, lock or wipe their mobile devices, and also reset their Active Directory passwords or manage their Active Directory attributes.
Centrify’s easy-to-deploy cloud-based service and seamless integration into Active Directory means IT does not need to sacrifice control of corporate identities and can leverage existing technology, skillsets and processes already established. Unlike other products, no intrusive firewall changes, changes to Active Directory itself or appliances in the DMZ are required — corporate identity information remains centralized in Active Directory under control of the IT staff and is never replicated or duplicated in the cloud. With centralized visibility and control of all SaaS apps, IT can reduce helpdesk calls by up to 95 percent for SaaS account lockouts and password resets. Single Sign-on also improves security since passwords and password practices not meeting corporate policies are eliminated, and critical tasks such as de-provisioning user access across multiple apps, devices and resources are easily achieved by simply disabling a user’s Active Directory account.
Broad Application Support & Highly Scalable Cloud-based Solution
Centrify DirectControl for SaaS includes support for hundreds of applications supporting the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) or other Single Sign-on standards such as OAuth and OpenID, and also supports applications that support only forms-based authentication. Examples of applications supported include Box, Google Apps, Marketo, Microsoft Office365, Postini, Salesforce, WebEx, Zendesk and Zoho.
“Today, marketing individuals are increasingly relying on mission critical SaaS applications such as Marketo to execute their strategic marketing initiatives and gain a competitive edge, but to be successful marketers they need these services to ‘just work’,” said Robin Bordoli, VP of Partner Ecosystems at Marketo. “Centrify, a Marketo LaunchPoint ecosystem partner (http://launchpoint.marketo.com/
Key components of Centrify DirectControl for SaaS include:
MyCentrify portal is an Active Directory-integrated and cloud-delivered user portal that includes:
MyApps — one-click interface for SaaS Single Sign-on
MyDevices — self-service passcode reset, device lock, and remote and device location mapping
MyProfile — self-service for selected AD user attributes, account unlock and password reset
MyActivity — detailed activity that helps users self-report suspicious activities on their account
Centrify Cloud Service is a multi-tenanted service that provides secure communication from on-premise Active Directory to SaaS applications accessed from the MyCentrify user portal. It leverages an existing on-premise Active Directory infrastructure versus providing a directory in the cloud. Built on Microsoft Azure, the service facilitates Single Sign-on and controls access to SaaS applications through a security token service, which authenticates users to the portal with Kerberos, SAML, or an Active Directory username/password. The same highly scalable cloud service is used by Centrify for Mobile (http://www.centrify.com/
Centrify Cloud Manager is an administrator interface into the Centrify Cloud Service that provides a single pane of glass to administer SaaS app access and SSO, mobile devices, and user profiles; and provides centralized reporting, monitoring and analysis of all SaaS and mobile activity. It improves security and compliance in organizations through improved visibility, and also reduces administrative complexity by reducing the number of monitoring and reporting interfaces.
Centrify Cloud Proxy seamlessly leverages and extends Active Directory to SaaS applications and mobile devices via Centrify Cloud Services. The proxy is a simple Windows service that runs behind the firewall providing real-time authentication, policy and access to user profiles without synchronizing data to the cloud.