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Increased deployment options for privileged access manager

Centrify : 09 September, 2016  (New Product)
Centrify Privilege Service is now available in the cloud or on premises as well as through PIM as a service
Increased deployment options for privileged access manager

Centrify has announced significant enhancements to its privileged identity management (PIM) product. Centrify Privilege Service, the industry’s first cloud-based privileged access security software, now boasts additional support for hybrid IT environments, including the ability to deploy and deliver the solution on-premises, in a private cloud or as a PIM-as-a-Service.

Customers can now install and manage their own dedicated instance of Centrify Privilege Service, while realising the same great benefits and capabilities delivered by the industry’s only PIM-as-a-Service solution available today.

“Organisations have been asking for more flexible deployment options for their privileged identity management solution,” said Bill Mann, chief product officer for Centrify. “After all, not every customer is ready for a cloud-based service to store their root passwords. The ability to deploy the Centrify Privilege Service either on-premises or in a private cloud is an attractive option for customers who are still concerned about the cloud or who must comply with certain rules and restrictions when it comes to managing their privileged accounts in the cloud.”

Securing privileged access to infrastructure and apps in the modern enterprise is more important than ever. Research firm Forrester estimates that 80 per cent of security breaches involve privileged credentials that typically belong to the IT personnel who administer the systems, databases and networks of an organisation. These people hold the proverbial keys to the kingdom—and intruders know that hacking their accounts provides far deeper and broader access to critical data. Forrester also estimates that 30 per cent of PIM will be as a service in the coming years, thus emphasising the hybrid nature of the delivery needed. Centrify now enables this type of hybrid flexibility to customers via a single solution built on a single code base.

Furthermore, securing privileged access is becoming increasingly difficult due to several key challenges, including the growing sophistication of attackers, the dramatic growth in remote and outsourced IT services, and the adoption of hybrid IT infrastructure. Centrify effectively addresses these challenges by offering unique support for hybrid IT environments, securely managing access by internal employees and third parties both inside and outside the corporate perimeter, and delivering faster implementation with greater risk reduction and quicker return on investment.

Centrify Privilege Service complements and extends the broad set of capabilities for identity consolidation, privilege management and privileged session auditing found in the flagship Centrify Server Suite by providing shared account password management for servers and multi-factor authentication. In addition, Centrify Privilege Service addresses security and audit requirements for the management of both cloud-based and on-premises access to critical production systems and applications - all without the hassle of a VPN.

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