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Cloud Computing Strong Authentication

SafeNet : 02 March, 2011  (New Product)
The SafeNet Authentication Manager brings single sign-on and strong authentication to Software-as-a-Service and cloud computing applications

SafeNet has announced SafeNet Authentication Manager (SAM) 8.0. This industry’s first unified enterprise platform combines strong authentication and identity federation to help organizations centrally manage user identities and access to both on-premise and cloud-based services and applications without additional user provisioning.

This new offering is an essential component of SafeNet’s Trusted Cloud Fabric, a practical framework also unveiled today, that equips enterprises moving data, applications and systems to the cloud with a comprehensive suite of solutions to address existing security concerns and ensure compliance.

“Cloud service providers, platform service providers and platform vendors are working to define the scope of their identity management investments and assess how to derive value from ‘owning’ an identity,” said Steve Coplan of 451 Group. “SafeNet in particular, has integrated authentication and SSO through a portal type of front end with a set of predefined integration modules, aimed at the midmarket.”

With the introduction of SAM 8.0, enterprises can take significant challenges – such as diffusion of access control boundaries and identity proliferation – head on. SAM 8.0 makes use of an organization’s existing authentication infrastructure so that users can use the same logon credentials for both on-premise and cloud-based applications, guaranteeing a complete single sign-on (SSO) experience. Other key benefits include:

    * Low Total Cost of Ownership: Full lifecycle management of all authentication operations in a single system – reducing cost of IT maintenance and deployment.

    * Flexibility to Grow: Ability to effortlessly add One-Time Password (OTP), mobile and advanced certificate-based security without the need to change infrastructure.

    * Reduction in Support Costs: Automated processes such as over-the-air activation and installation of software tokens and software tools, ensuring extensive support to lower support costs.

    * Improve Productivity: Capability to issue temporary software authenticators to ensure users stay productive – even when personal token is unavailable.

    * Advanced Reporting: Extensive reporting capabilities streamline compliance with a host of security regulations and policies.

SAM 8.0 offers complete support for SafeNet’s extensive portfolio of One-Time Password (OTP), software and certificate-based (PKI) authenticators enabling organizations to deploy OTP for remote access today and expand seamlessly to support more advanced security solutions in the future. SafeNet Authentication Manager’s capabilities include central, delegated, and self-service interfaces that allow customized levels of service and functionality to different tiers of users and administrators. SafeNet has more than 20,000 customers for its authentication devices with millions of authenticators deployed. SafeNet also has the largest market share, 65 percent, in the USB PKI based authentication market.

“Multi-factor authentication has grown increasingly critical to an organization’s core operations, a trend that has been amplified by the introduction of cloud computing and the need to secure remote user access to corporate systems and data regardless of where it is stored,” said Russ Dietz, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, SafeNet. “As a key part of our comprehensive Trusted Cloud Fabric Solution, SAM helps customers maximize authentication security and reduce costs by providing a centralized way to manage all access policies from one platform.”

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