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Cloud identity and access management

McAfee : 26 April, 2013  (New Product)
Security Connected products from McAfee bring robust security and access control to cloud applications
Cloud identity and access management

McAfee has announced the addition of identity and access management solutions to its Security Connected portfolio. The new solutions that were previously sold and developed by Intel, include McAfee Cloud Single Sign On and McAfee One Time Password. McAfee also introduced a new McAfee Identity Center of Expertise, staffed with experts in identity and cloud security to assist users with questions pertaining to identity and access management issues, such as architecture requirements and best practices.

Organisations of all sizes are moving IT operations and functions to the cloud in order to reduce costs.  As businesses embrace cloud-based applications they quickly find their IT department and application administrators are overwhelmed with the problem of managing cloud-based application accounts. Many organisations are trying to uselegacy identity and authentication solutions which can createsecurity gaps and are often complicated to deploy and customise for new applications.

To address this problem, the new McAfee identity and access management solutions enable simple, safe, secure and compliant access to critical business information, including cloud-based applications, while maintaining agile business practices. McAfee Identity and Access Management solutions include:

* McAfee One Time Password – scalable multi-factor authentication solution which delivers a one-time password (OTP) to any mobile device or PC.

* McAfee Cloud Single Sign On – delivers single sign-on (SSO) for hundreds of cloud-based applications. McAfee Cloud Single Sign On is available in two form factors:

- On-Premise Edition – application platform which can be deployed on any compatible Windows or Linux server platform, or virtual machine.

- SaaS Edition – cloud-based version available as aservice hosted and supported by McAfee.

Customers have the flexibility to purchase McAfee Cloud Single Sign On licenses and apply them to either the On-Premise Edition or SaaS Edition, or in a mixed hybrid configuration.

“There is a huge shift underway to extend enterprise-class security to cloud-based applications and services while also consolidating security onto just a few key platforms,” said Pat Calhoun, senior vice president and general manager of Network Security at McAfee.

“McAfee is not trying to ‘boil the ocean,’ instead we are focusing on several identity-related ‘hot spots’ and investing to help our customers and partners solve critical challenges and maintain business continuity and agility.”  

McAfee Cloud Single Sign On includes hundreds of pre-configured Cloud Identity connectors, automated account provisioning and de-provisioning, integration with key enterprise identity repositories, built-in multi-factor authentication based on the McAfee One Time Password product, a management console with monitoring, audit and reporting tools, as well as maintenance, upgrades and 24x7 support, all for one cost-effective subscription price.

“McAfee has been excellent to work with,” said Kamal Elharam, director of Information Systems and Technology at Senior Service America Incorporated.  “The McAfee Cloud Single Sign On product met all of our needs and it helped us, as well as our system integrator, to implement the best solution to support our business goals. Other vendors weren’t as eager to adjust to our environment and expected us to do business differently to allow us to use their tools.”

McAfee One Time Password has a flexible architecture which enables customers to achieve the benefits of multi-factor authentication without the overhead expense and management headaches of legacy hardware tokens. Customers can choose to deliver multi-factor authentication via a smart phone, mobile phone (via SMS text message), a PC client application, email, instant message/chat, or a third-party token.

McAfee and its solution providers deliver integrated identity management and Web protection solutions that simplify and secure access to cloud applications while protecting against advanced malware and other hidden threats. From single-sign-on, strong authentication and granular application control to web filtering, deep content inspection and advanced malware protection, McAfee provides the industry’s most comprehensive Web security solution.

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