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Friday, December 01, 2006

Fortifying Identity Products

With mounting security concerns and compliance regulations putting pressure on corporations to protect their enterprise assets, CA has fortified its identity and access management (IAM) portfolio at the behest of customers.  Chief among CA’s IAM improvements are new security capabilities in eTrust SiteMinder 6.0 service pack 5 (SP5) release that will help CA’s enterprise customers safely exchange sensitive business applications with multiple partners.  This identity federation, which connects disparate business applications and processes across several organizations and internal business units, allows business managers to provision access rights to make users part of the same security domain.

SiteMinder 6.0 SP5, which securely provisions access rights across the Internet as a key piece of CA’s IAM platform, now better supports so-called “strong authentication,” which includes tokens, smartcards and biometrics.

Along the lines of providing more choice, SiteMinder provides a new federation end point, which uses technology licensed from Ping Identity, to improve security provisioning among partners in the federation.  “The idea of SiteMinder is that if you have a Web application that many business partners need to get to, you’ll need a hub a platform on which to support that federation,” Gardiner said.

SiteMinder, acquired through CA’s Netegrity purchase, is the key policy engine of CA’s IAM suite, but the company spruced up other pieces of its IAM suite.

In HP’s IdM suite, HP Select Audit software has been integrated with HP’s Select Identity, Select Federation and Select Access, adding audit, attestation, monitoring, alerting, reporting and archiving capabilities to those applications.  HP conducted some integration and improvements to its own identity and access management software suite, according to Sai Allavarpu, director of product management and marketing for identity and security management at HP.

http://www.internetnews.com/ent-news/article.php/3646601

Posted on 12/01
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