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  • 22 April 2015 08:25

Centrify shields ‘keys to the kingdom’ accounts with new cloud service

Centrify launches industry’s first cloud-based privileged identity service to protect corporations from core security breaches

Centrify overnight announced the launch of Centrify Privilege Service (CPS), the industry’s first cloud-based identity management solution to provide security, visibility and control of privileged accounts.

Essentially “the keys to the kingdom,” privileged accounts provide elevated access to an organisation’s most critical data, applications, systems and network devices. As more enterprises embrace the cloud, privileged accounts increasingly lie outside the corporate perimeter and are frequently shared by both internal IT and often remote third parties such as contractors and vendors.

Thus, it’s no surprise that privileged accounts are top targets for hackers and malicious insiders alike.

Centrify executives are currently conducting briefings on CPS at the RSA security conference, taking place now at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Centrify Corporation is the leader in unified identity management across cloud, mobile and data centre.

Centrify CEO and founder Tom Kemp said identity and privileged accounts were at the centre of today’s ever-growing string of cyber-attacks. “Centrify’s modern approach to managing and securing privileged accounts is in stark contrast to legacy privileged identity management software offerings that fail to address increasingly hybrid IT environments of on-premises and cloud-based systems,” he said.

“These products also fail to secure and manage third-party access and utilise cumbersome on-premises architectures that require expensive perpetual license purchases and months of professional services. Analysts have been asking when will the privileged identity management market be disrupted by the cloud, and we believe CPS is the answer.”

CPS extends the identity consolidation, privilege management and privileged session auditing capabilities found in the flagship Centrify Server Suite by providing shared account password management for servers, network devices and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).

In addition, CPS addresses security and audit requirements for managing both cloud-based and on-premises access to critical production systems and applications by remote employees and third parties ― all without the hassle of a VPN. The net result is the most comprehensive and tightly integrated privileged identity management solution available today that not only increases security and simplifies compliance, but is also built to span both cloud and data centre infrastructure.

• CPS offers numerous security capabilities for stakeholders in the IT chain of command. Highlights include the power to: • Centrally manage emergency access to all servers and network devices in break-glass scenarios • Grant secure, cloud-based access for remote and outsourced IT staff to servers and network devices, without giving VPN access to the full data centre • Secure access to on-premises servers, network devices and Infrastructure-as-a-Service via best-in-class resource management, shared password management and privileged session monitoring capabilities.

CPS is delivered as a modern, multi-tenant cloud service, available in 15 languages from 10 data centres across the world and with rich support for mobile devices. CPS is built on the proven Centrify Identity Platform, which powers the Centrify Identity Service, the industry’s first entirely cloud-based solution for integrated identity, mobility and Mac management.

CPS also complements the Centrify Server Suite, an identity management offering that is deployed by more than 5000 customers, including almost half of the Fortune 50, to secure mission-critical servers and improve regulatory compliance. By utilising a pay-as-you-go cloud-pricing model, CPS offers dramatically faster ROI than legacy systems.

National Weather Service, Southern Region systems integration branch chief Jeff Williams said CPS combined on-premise and cloud capabilities into one comprehensive privileged identity management solution. “CPS is built for the future of enterprise IT, which is increasingly a hybrid environment spanning data centres, cloud and mobile,” said.

“Key considerations including ease of use, fast deployment, easy, anywhere access and fast time to value place CPS at the head of the pack in terms of the next generation of privileged identity management.”

Availability and Pricing CPS will be generally available in May. US pricing is $50 per privileged user per month, with volume and education pricing available. Australian pricing will be finalised prior to release.

About Centrify Centrify delivers secure and unified identity management for end users and privileged users across cloud, mobile and data centre environments. Centrify’s unified identity management software and cloud-based Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions leverage an organisation’s existing identity infrastructure to enable single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, privileged identity management, shared account password management, auditing for compliance and enterprise mobility management. Centrify customers can typically reduce their total cost of identity management and compliance by more than 50 per cent, while improving business agility and overall security. Centrify is used by more than 5000 customers worldwide, including nearly half of the Fortune 50 and more than 60 Federal agencies in the US. Visit www.centrify.com for more information.

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