Cloud Computing: Former Blue Coat Exec Heads Centrify Channel For Single Sign-On

Grazed from CRN. Author: Robert Westervelt.

Centrify is building out its channel program to fuel sales of its SaaS-based single sign-on platform and hopes that a renewed investment in the channel could help partners capitalize on a growing interest in bridging authentication to cloud-based services. Centrify's business has been mainly focused on direct sales, but the company is investing in transforming its program to embrace channel sales. The vendor is working on building brand recognition, enabling partners through marketing initiatives and providing support through the sales process, said Nathan Adams, the company's new North America channel chief.

"We spend a lot of time focusing on business planning, enablement, executive and engineering alignment," Adams said. "This is such a hot technology, and I believe that we can take our current strategy and bring it into the channel and create and mature a program to put in front of these customers."...

Centrify looks to Paradyne for Cloud expertise

Grazed from ARN.  Author: Nermin Bajric.

Unified identity services provider, Centrify, has boosted its product suite by signing its first specialist Cloud computing partner, Paradyne.  The partnership, which will be formally launched at Microsoft’s TechEd conference later this week, will see Paradyne’s Cloud expertise applied to Centrify’s portfolio.

Earlier this year, Centrify extend its product set from the datacentre to the Cloud through Centrify for Mobile 2013 and Centrify for SaaS 2013.  The integrated capabilities are designed to deliver secure, enterprise-class mobility with integrated application single sign-on (SSO) for security and productivity...

Centrify Extends Cloud, Active Directory Single Sign-on (SSO) to Apple Macs

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Centrify is taking its unified identity services offering to the Apple (AAPL) Mac world. The company launched Centrify User Suite, Mac Edition this week to provide Active Directory-based authentication, policy management, single sign-on (SSO) and user self-service for connected and remote Mac OS X systems.

Part of the announcement centers around the cloud capabilities being added for remote management and wipe of Mac computers. David McNeely, senior director of product management at Centrify, told Talkin' Cloud this update of its Mac support essentially solves some of the SSO issues Mac users have had, but from a security standpoint, it also gives IT administrators and trusted advisors the ability to do remote wipes and remote locks via the cloud...

Securing data with Authentication as a Service in the cloud, mobile era

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Dan Sullivan.

Incidents of international cyberespionage, attacks on financial institutions and intellectual property thefts help maintain a steady stream of news about information security. Passwords and logins are not the raw material of headline grabbing stories, but they are the security issues IT professionals must face daily. The rise in adoption of cloud computing, Software as a Service (SaaS) and mobile computing has increased the complexity of managing users and their identities.

Security practitioners have spent decades developing methods for strong authentication to mitigate these risks that are easy to use and as secure as possible. Single sign-on (SSO) systems allow users to authenticate to a central application one time and then automatically authenticate to other applications and systems...

Cloud Computing: Centrify Suite Updates Windows Privilege Management Features

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Centrify has released the 2013 version of its Centrify Suite security and compliance solution. Centrify Suite 2013 has been outfitted with new features around advanced privilege user management and auditing for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows systems, designed to help organizations more quickly meet compliance requirements and mitigate risks from threats affecting both their on-premise and cloud-based systems.

According to Centrify, these latest additions to the security and compliance product will help businesses reduce their operating costs across all of their systems and platforms. Achieving security best practices is no easy task, and businesses continue to struggle with keeping the bad guys out while allowing their trusted users in. Although point solutions exist for privilege management for Windows, UNIX and Linux, Centrify claims its updated product is the first to provide privilege management across all platforms...