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Simple and Secure Cloud Access Control

Passlogix : 30 September, 2010  (New Product)
Passlogix is seeing growth in the implementation of its v-GO Single Sign-On application for secure cloud computing environments as a scalable security as a service application
v-GO Single Sign-On is helping hundreds of global enterprises make use of the benefits of cloud-based applications without losing control over information security or adding another password for end users to manage. v-GO SSO can easily and securely extend single sign-on to SaaS applications without requiring integration of the authentication infrastructure with the SaaS vendor's or cloud host's systems, keeping costs low and accelerating deployment.

As with in-house applications, the use of v-GO's single sign-on technology with cloud-based applications offers benefits such as user convenience, regulatory compliance and the ability to safeguard enterprise information assets against attackers. With v-GO SSO, network administrators can:

* Prevent unauthorized access by delivering single sign-on functionality to cloud applications via Passlogix's patented technology without end users knowing their passwords. This enables organizations to easily deny user access to prevent unauthorized use and also prevents password sharing.

* Require stronger passwords to authenticate to all applications by introducing application password selection policies, thereby making it far more difficult for hackers to gain access through password-related attacks. This option is especially useful for cloud applications where logon pages are accessible by anyone with Internet access.

* Require user reauthentication to select applications, either via re-entry of the user's Windows logon password or with a strong authentication device such as a smart card, token or biometric, to add a second form of authentication to the application password automatically entered by v-GO.

* Extend strong authentication to cloud/SaaS-based and other applications that cannot natively integrate with authentication devices, without requiring modification or customization of the application.

* Create a full audit trail of all application access, including SaaS-based accounts, to provide forensics support in the event of a security breach. This is accomplished through v-GO report logs that document all access events and details, including user ID, date and time.

"Cloud-based applications like Salesforce.com and NetSuite are clearly changing the IT landscape, yet enterprises cannot easily extend their usual access controls to thwart unauthorized access to the data they contain. Regardless of the password rules or other protections imposed for applications inside the corporate firewall, those that are outside the firewall remain highly vulnerable," noted Matt Berzinski, director of product management of Passlogix. "v-GO SSO makes it possible to enforce the same security standards to all applications across the board to protect against data compromise as well as regulatory liability."

v-GO Single Sign-On enables end users to access any Windows, web, Citrix or mainframe application with a single Windows logon by automating username and password entry for each account. It also provides single sign-on to shared workstations, strong authentication to applications without the need for custom integration, and on-demand functionality that enables remote, mobile and temporary users to gain full access to v-GO SSO's single sign-on capabilities. In addition, v-GO SSO can help streamline identity management deployments by providing comprehensive account usage information captured during application logins.

Also simplifying and securing user access to enterprise resources are v-GO Shared Accounts Manager, the first solution allowing administrator and other shared account IDs to be managed under the same infrastructure as conventional credentials; v-GO Universal Authentication Manager, the first product enabling Microsoft Windows to accept any type of strong authentication device from any vendor; v-GO Provisioning Manager, which automates single sign-on provisioning; and v-GO Self-Service Password Reset, for automated reset of forgotten Windows passwords.

v-GO deployments range from hundreds of seats to multiple 100,000+-user projects including the world's largest ESSO implementation. Wizard-based integration eliminates the need to write scripts or connectors even to homegrown or legacy applications, and the ability to install the solution on existing servers eliminates the expense of adding dedicated or proprietary hardware. These and other features shorten deployment time, lower the total cost of ownership, and accelerate payback on investment.
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