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Connector Program extends IAM accessibility

Courion : 17 November, 2009  (Company News)
A new program launched by Courion extends the availability of Identity and Access Management solutions
Courion has announced an enhanced connector programme that will radically reduce the cost while expanding the benefits of identity and access management (IAM) in large enterprises. Through the Courion Connector Programme, Courion's unprecedented, aggressive fixed pricing will enable customers to expand the implementation of their Access Assurance strategy across more applications, cut operational costs, mitigate risk from improper access to sensitive data and ensure compliance with relevant regulations.

Connectors serve to verify, create, manage and terminate user credentials for specific critical applications, such as financial applications, ERP systems and other enterprise applications, allowing for automated user provisioning, role management, password management, compliance and more. Research shows that in most businesses, fewer than 20% of applications are governed by an identity and access management solution. This is a major problem, since sensitive data resides on many more applications in the typical enterprise. This leaves enterprises exposed to a wide variety of security and compliance risks stemming from current and former employees being able to gain inappropriate access to systems and data.

"Large enterprises that deploy user account provisioning and other IAM solutions often have hundreds or even thousands of customised or internally developed applications that have accumulated over the years, and many if not all of these applications fall within the scope of an IAM solution," said Perry Carpenter, research director at Gartner. "The high cost associated with connectors is one of the factors that Gartner clients tell us inhibits wider use of provisioning software in their organisations. Clients expect highly-reliable, low-cost solutions which will enable them to extend the benefits of provisioning to a broader range of applications and resources."

Courion is changing the game by offering the lowest fixed pricing for connectors the industry has ever seen. While typical connectors from other vendors cost anywhere from $30,000-$50,000, Courion's full-suite connectors, whether out-of-the-box or custom designed, cost just $12,000 per system or application. These full-suite connectors include functionality for compliance, password management, provisioning, and role management. Additionally, all PasswordCourierâ„¢ password management connectors will be as low as $9,600.

With more than 250 connectors currently available, Courion offers more connectors than any other company in the market. Courion will further extend this lead over the competition through its India Technology Centre, which opened this summer and is solely focused on creating new connectors.

Courion connectors provide a wide range of services, including account creation, entitlement management, notification, policy, trigger, and reset capabilities. This enables customers to detect breaches of access policy, and also to prevent and remediate breaches by proactively blocking improper access. Courion's connectors also give IT managers the ability to manage account changes over time and remove access instantaneously as conditions merit.

Courion's connectors are lightweight and do not incorporate extensive business logic, making them easier to modify and update to meet changing industry requirements, allowing customers to:

* Effectively make use of current automated provisioning, role management, password management and compliance.
* Make dramatic improvements to operational speed, efficiency and control by extending the reach of the applications that Courion's solution can help automate and recertify.
* Enhance the value and ROI of the Courion solution with minimal additional investment.

"In a time when enterprises want to extend access management to home-grown applications and new infrastructures such as Virtualisation and cloud, Courion gives them the ability to install automated preventative and detective controls across an unlimited range of applications. This lets them mitigate risk and liability while significantly increasing efficiency," said Chris Sullivan, vice president of customer solutions for Courion. "Courion was already far and away the market leader in the number and variety of connectors it offers, and with this new capability, Courion customers now get the best connectors at the lowest cost and the only predictable total cost for a comprehensive access governance solution - period."

Courion's unique Access Assurance approach to identity, access and compliance management ensures that only the right people have the right access to the right resources and are doing the right things. Access Assurance unifies Access Governance, Access Provisioning and Access Compliance in the most complex, heterogeneous environments. This comprehensive approach increases operational efficiency and transparency, strengthens security, and improves compliance, while delivering the industry's fastest time to value and lowest total cost of ownership.
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