|By Salvatore Genovese||
|December 24, 2009 04:15 PM EST||
Cloud Computing Expo - Symplified, the Cloud security company, announced a new user provisioning addition to its SinglePoint Cloud security platform that enables organizations to centralize the management of user accounts for multiple cloud applications from within their firewall or using the Salesforce.com platform.
SinglePoint Cloud Identity Manager integrates with enterprise user directories to automate the creation, provisioning, modification, and de-provisioning of accounts that enable employees to access Cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) applications and data.
Symplified to exhibit at Cloud Expo 2010, which will take place April 19-21, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Cloud Expo, with over 5,000 delegates and more than 200 sponsors, will be the most significant technology event of the year.
With SinglePoint Cloud Identity Manager organizations can seamlessly extend, enforce, and revoke security permissions to cloud resources based on information contained in their IT infrastructure.
"User management and provisioning, which was a complex problem to solve inside the enterprise, presents an even more daunting challenge with the introduction of one or more cloud applications," said Bob Blakley, vice president and research director for leading industry research firm the Burton Group. "Ideally what's needed are solutions that can bridge the divide between the cloud and existing enterprise provisioning infrastructures, not a complete re-invention and duplication of what's been deployed inside the firewall. Managing user identity is essential for scalable adoption of the Cloud."
SinglePoint of User Provisioning for the Cloud
To enable organizations to enforce consistent access control policies on cloud applications, SinglePoint Cloud Identity Manager reduces the risk of errors and the administrative burden associated with creating, provisioning, modifying, and de-provisioning user accounts. Through tight integration with existing identity and access control infrastructures including Microsoft Active Directory and Salesforce.com, SinglePoint Cloud Identity Manager automates much of the manual effort required to manage multiple identity silos across the Cloud. By bringing SaaS applications under the control of "inside the firewall" and Cloud-based user provisioning and management systems, SinglePoint Cloud Identity Manager automates and centralizes complex workflows that occur when users and their access privileges are added or removed from directories.
SinglePoint Cloud Identity Manager complements provisioning systems from Oracle, CA, Quest, Identropy and Sun, to secure, audit, and ensure regulatory compliance across multiple cloud applications by:
- Defining centralized enterprise-level policies governing access rights to applications and data
- Enabling Salesforce.com to be leveraged as a user repository with 24/7 monitoring, redundancy and multiple layers of security protection
- Providing user management, compliance management, and license management for Cloud applications
- Preventing terminated employees from retaining access to corporate and Cloud applications
- Ensuring appropriate access to applications depending on an employee's role
- Extending and automating the de-provisioning process from inside the firewall to Cloud and SaaS apps
- Generating consistent user access audit logs that give visibility into SaaS application usage
"As organizations increase the number of cloud applications used by their employees, the risk of undetected zombie accounts and over-privileged users rises quickly," said Eric Olden, Founder and CEO of Symplified. " SinglePoint Cloud Identity Manager takes the pain and complexity out of user provisioning and management for SaaS applications by tying into existing user and policy infrastructures including SalesForce.com to establish a single point of control for the enterprise and the Cloud. By extending identities in Salesforce.com for federated single sign-on, access control and provisioning, we are making it easier for enterprises to migrate gradually to the Cloud."
How it Works
SinglePoint Cloud Identity Manager uses the following core components to centralize and automate user provisioning for the Cloud:
SinglePoint Identity Manager - enables Salesforce.com to serve as a hosted carrier-grade user repository service for single sign-on (SSO), authentication, access control policies and Web experience personalization.
SinglePoint Cloud Identity Manager - provides a provisioning interface for users (self service password reset, etc.), and administrators (policy management, configuration changes, etc.)
SinglePoint Cloud Provisioning Gateway - uses the Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) to manage user identity in Cloud applications. It can directly manage user identities in a target application or leverage SPML gateways integrated into the SinglePoint platform from partners like Identropy.
"As the SPML Gateway launch partner for Symplified we are excited to be working with them to transform identity, access management, and provisioning using the Cloud," said Ash Motiwala, Founder and CTO of Identropy. "The integration of IC2 with SinglePoint's Trust Fabric platform makes it simple for our joint customers to evaluate and acquire IC2 and our supported target applications through a simple iTunes like experience."
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