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The Centrify Server Suite 2014.1 Update has Arrived

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By Brad Zehring, August 27, 2014

The Centrify Server Suite 2014.1 update is available now on the Centrify Customer Download Center! Engineering has been working hard on this release for several months, and we’re pleased to post its availability today. They’ve put in a lot of tweaks and improvements based on customer feedback, and I know some of you will find these to be very welcome enhancements. We added support for new clients, too, including RHEL 7, OLE 7, and Windows Server Core. That last one is something I think it going to be increasingly important for those with Windows Server deployments. Here’s a bit on some of the new enhancements. We added a way to search for audited user sessions based on the time someone ran a particular command, which makes it easier to ensure regulatory compliance. It’s also a nice enhancement to help find the root cause of trouble ticket issues. We added a (much-requested) feature to Deployment Manager,…

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Updates to Centrify Server Suite and our Express for *nix Program

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By Tom Kemp, August 27, 2014

At Centrify we have more than 5000 customers — including nearly half the Fortune 50 — who use our Centrify Server Suite, not only as an “Active Directory Bridge” to UNIX/Linux/Mac but also for privileged access management across Windows and *nix systems, privileged user activity monitoring, as well as for dynamic isolation of cross-platform systems. In fact industry analysts such as Forrester and Gartner say we are one of the top vendors in this high-growth area of identity management from a technology, vision and installed base perspective (e.g. see this Forrester report on Privileged Identity Management). We are continuing to invest heavily in our market-leading Server Suite and are in the midst of a few major projects to integrate our Server Suite with our Centrify Cloud Service — stay tuned for exciting details in the coming months.

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Identity Is the Clear Differentiator for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM)

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By Bill Mann, August 21, 2014

Centrify was the first company to unite Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) and Identity and Access Management (IAM). Now we hear rumblings that VMware and Microsoft are pursuing similar strategies. But not all integrations are created equal. First, let’s review what’s happening in the market that is leading to identity becoming a core component of enterprise mobile management. At the macro level, there are three key shifts driving this change in the market: MDM has moved to EMM:  Mobile Device Management is now a commodity, so MDM vendors have had to reinvent themselves to become EMM vendors. Their focus has shifted from device management to mobile application management (MAM) and mobile content management (MCM). Why? Because ultimately our devices are just devices — they are commodity items. But the apps we use, the content within those apps, and our relationship to our apps is vitally important—for both work and play. Features of…

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Don’t Let Security Go with Your Staff

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By Barry Scott, August 15, 2014

At some point or another we have all left a job. If you’re one of the lucky ones, it’s because you found something better. You’ll have farewell drinks, and possibly a good-bye gift or good luck card to see you on your way. If you were one of the unlucky ones, you may have been let go because of innumerable reasons beyond your or your employer’s control, and have left feeling pretty hard done by.

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Passwords are the Problem

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By Chris Webber, August 13, 2014

Hackers are quickly moving beyond stealing credit card data, and instead looking for our usernames and passwords, which are a much bigger route to our money.

What if you only had one key to every lock in your life – house, car, office, kid’s dorm room, etc – then imagine that key unlocked every valuable part of your family’s life, and had your name etched into it forever.

When hackers compromise our usernames and passwords, they have the key to all of our locks. We need to demand a better online security solution…

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Centrify Mobile Authentication (MAS) SDK Solution – How It Powers SSO to Native Applications!

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By Sumana Annam, August 5, 2014

In the previous blogs, we have covered the Enterprise Mobile App Challenges as well as What an ideal SSO solution should be across native mobile applications. Today, I will cover how Centrify Mobile Authentication Services (MAS) SDK powers single sign-on (SSO) across native applications on the iOS, Android and Samsung Knox. For starters, Centrify User Suite, SaaS Edition (Centrify SaaS Edition), uniquely integrates single sign-on for SaaS applications with user-centric mobile security management. With Centrify’s cloud-based service, you can quickly provide end-users with single sign-on to cloud-based apps through an easy-to-use web portal. When users enroll their devices in the Centrify Cloud Service, they automatically get zero sign-on to those same apps as well as to Mobile applications which use Centrify Mobile Authentication Services (MAS) SDK. Overview of the Centrify User Suite and key architectural components can be found here. Let’s take a look at SSO to native mobile applications. Mobile applications can…

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Alternatives to DirSync for Office 365 Provisioning, Part 2

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By Corey Williams, August 4, 2014

In my last blog I talked about how Centrify User Suite provides a superior alternative to Microsoft’s DirSync for Office 365 provisioning. I discussed how DirSync requires additional hardware and software, is complex and difficult to set up, and does not handle license management. In this blog post I will give some additional reasons why Centrify is the best choice for Office 365 identity including support for multiple forests, differing internal and external domains and other flexibility and options for syncing AD changes.

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Adallom and Centrify Partner to Provide a Complete SaaS Security Solution

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By Ben Rice, July 30, 2014

Today Centrify and Adallom are jointly announcing our new partnership on our respective blogs. I also have provided my perspective which can be found on Adallom’s blog In turn, I am pleased to introduce and welcome Tal Klein, Adallom’s Vice President of Strategy and Marketing as a guest blogger to the Centrify Blog, who offers his perspective on the new partnership here on the Centrify blog. Tal: Most of us now use many SaaS applications in our daily lives, accessing these fantastically flexible apps from our mobile devices and laptops. It is mostly accepted that this is the way we will interact with apps for years to come. However in a world increasingly migrating away from corporate devices and networks, we at Adallom founded our company on the idea that IT needed to find a way to monitor user activity inside SaaS applications without installing any agent on the user’s…

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In Cloud Identity, User Experience and Developers Are Now Taking Center Stage

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By Bill Mann, July 28, 2014

Last week I attended the Cloud Identity Summit in Monterey, Calif., where Centrify was a Gold Sponsor. Congrats to the team at Ping Identity for hosting a balanced and vendor neutral conference. I’ve not been to an Identity conference for more than four years, and this reminded me of the great Burton Catalyst conferences that provided great insight into the world of Identity.

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Comparing Active Directory DirSync and User Provisioning Options for Office 365

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By Corey Williams, July 28, 2014

DirSync is notorious for requiring AD remediation and often doesn’t fit the bill and requires a full blown and custom implementation of Forefront Identity Manager. Centrify has recently announced availability of user lifecycle management and provisioning across cloud and mobile including for Office 365. In this and subsequent blog posts I will examine the major challenges with DirSync and how Centrify can greatly enhance the deployability and manageability of Office 365.

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Centrify CEO Tom Kemp, an industry expert in security and infrastructure software, discusses market and technology issues around the disruption occurring in the Identity and Access Management market due to the cloud, mobile and consumerization of IT trends occurring in today's IT environment.

Tom’s Latest Posts

Updates to Centrify Server Suite and our Express for *nix Program

Big Centrify Momentum in the Cloud Identity Market

Comparing Identity and Access Management as a Service (“IDaaS”) Solutions

Centrify Raises $42 Million; Will Take Cloud Identity to Next Level

Centrify Advances Its Enterprise Device Management for Mac, iPad and iPhone


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