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Single Sign on for All FIM Applications

Passlogix : 04 March, 2010  (Application Story)
v-Go SSO from Passlogix extended to encompass Microsoft's Forefront Identity Manager providing single sign on capabilities
Passlogix has announced the integration of v-GO Single Sign-On (v-GO SSO) and related components of its v-GO Access Accelerator Suite with Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010, the recently released successor to Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007. The integration will enable organizations that deploy both FIM and v-GO SSO to automate provisioning and deprovisioning of SSO access to all Windows, Web and mainframe applications, reducing administrator overhead as well as simplifying the end user experience.

Extending the benefits that FIM offers for managing identities, application credentials and identity-based access policies across heterogeneous environments, the v-GO integration provides a simple means of adding new levels of password-based application access control for all users as well as significant improvements for privileged users who share account IDs. It also leverages Microsoft Active Directory, which is used by more than 80% of Passlogix's installed base for v-GO data storage and administration.

The integration makes it possible to:

* Automatically update v-GO SSO with application credentials that are added, modified or deleted by FIM in target applications.

* Eliminate physical or email distribution of application credentials to end users as well as the need for end users to manually enroll those credentials in v-GO SSO. This automated provisioning of v-GO SSO increases application security and streamlines SSO deployments by eliminating the need for users to type in or even know their passwords.

* Automatically terminate user account access to all applications when an end user is deprovisioned by FIM by deleting all of the application credentials in v-GO SSO, even for accounts such as cloud-based applications that may not be directly deprovisioned by FIM. This universal access termination facilitates compliance with regulatory mandates such as PCI DSS and Sarbanes Oxley.

* Strengthen controls over privileged accounts, firecall ids and other shared accounts managed by v-GO Shared Accounts Manager by automatically routing requests for checkout of these credentials to FIM for approval. FIM will automatically send an Outlook email to the appropriate managers for review, and v-GO Shared Accounts Manager will either approve or deny the checkout request based on the response from FIM.

* Easily correlate application IDs with user identities to expedite FIM deployments, since v-GO SSO already knows which application IDs belong to which users and how often they use them. This eliminates the need for lengthy manual compilation of this information and identifies low-use or dead accounts that can be eliminated.

"The integration of v-GO and FIM not only streamlines enterprise single sign-on deployments but also brings all application credentials under the FIM umbrella," said John Chirapurath, senior director of the Identity and Security Business Group at Microsoft. "This advances our goal of consolidating identities and credentials across the enterprise in a single location for easy management and control, which helps companies, realize what we call Business Ready Security."

"Many organizations that adopt FIM will also need SSO capabilities to reduce the security gaps, help desk costs, user frustration and compliance challenges associated with the proliferation of application passwords," said Stephane Fymat, VP of Strategy and Product Management for Passlogix. "The out-of-the-box connectivity we're offering between v-GO and FIM will accelerate the SSO provisioning process and help FIM provide end-to-end identity management for every user."

The integration extends Passlogix's support for Microsoft's standard enterprise infrastructure products including Active Directory, Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM), Internet Information Services (IIS) and the Cryptographic Application Programming Interface (CAPI). Passlogix has been a Microsoft Certified partner for more than four years, currently at the Gold Certified level.

v-GO Single Sign-On, the industry's #1 enterprise single sign-on product, simplifies password management by automating username and password entry for each account, enabling users to access their applications with a single Windows logon rather than creating, remembering, inputting and updating passwords for every application. v-GO Shared Accounts Manager, recently selected as one of the top identity and access management solutions by SC Magazine, centralizes the control and usage tracking of all privileged accounts, firecall ids and other shared accounts.

Other components of the v-GO Access Accelerator Suite enable strong authentication to applications, desktops and networks; automate user sign-on and sign-off of computer kiosks; and automate resets of Windows logon passwords. Hundreds of organizations worldwide have adopted v-GO to improve business productivity, strengthen enterprise security and regulatory compliance readiness, and streamline identity management deployments.
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