I Want My SaaS Apps, and I Want Them Now! (Passwords Suck!)

I am a typical enterprise knowledge worker. I extensively use Microsoft Office.  I switched from a Windows PC to a MacBook a few years ago. But during these past couple of years, either I, my department or my enterprise has adopted a TON of SaaS apps that now fit into my daily workflow. As I stop and evaluate the consequences of this phenomenon, I am stunned at how screwed up and brittle my daily workflow has become. But before I go into what some of these issues are, let me paint a picture of my typical SaaS app usage: For…

What is SAML

Easy things first — SAML stands for Security Assertion Markup Language. It’s a standard. So what’s it for; what problems does it solve. It’s all about providing convenience, security and scale for access to the services that business users need to do their job. These services are typically web sites although SAML can be used for any service. Note the business focus for SAML; there are other standards that solve similar problems in the consumer world. Let’s look at the pre-SAML world. I want to use a service; the service asks me for a user and password; it looks it up…

Multifactor Authentication for Cloud and SaaS Applications

In this blog post I want to discuss a new feature we added recently to the Centrify Cloud Service: Multifactor Authentication (“MFA”). This makes our Centrify for SaaS solution — our cloud-based service that makes end users happy with single sign-on to 1000s of SaaS apps and personalized self-service and makes IT even happier with its ease of deployment and management — even more powerful a solution. But before I drill down on our new MFA support I want to provide some context around what MFA is and why it is important.

Centrify for Samsung Knox in Action Part 2: Support for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10

This week at the IFA show in Berlin —a large consumer and mobile trade event — not only did Samsung announce their smartwatch (the Galaxy Gear), their new version of their “phablet” smartphone (the Galaxy Note 3, which I blogged about in my last blog post), but they also announced an update to their tablet (the Galaxy Note 10) that will also be available at the end of September. Well at the IFA show we also got our hands on a Galaxy Note 10 and we had no problems getting it up and installed with Centrify. Let’s see it in action via some photos!

Centrify for Samsung Knox in Action: Support for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3

As a major partner of Samsung’s around its new Knox platform, we jumped at the opportunity when asked by Samsung to participate in their booth at the IFA Conference in Berlin. This is one of the largest conferences around mobile and consumer technology in the world. Most of the news from the show focused around the launch of Samsung’s “smartwatch” aka the Galaxy Gear, and it was neat for me to be quoted in USA Today about it. But also announced at the show was Samsung’s newest model of its “supersized” smartphone, the Galaxy Note 3. While at the Samsung booth we got to see if our software worked with this new device, and it worked great! In this blog I will show you the results …

Using Active Directory to Manage Local Administrators

Using Active Directory to Manage Local Administrators or How To Easily Give Out root Accounts In A Few Simple Steps… When something needs to be done on a Windows Server, it typically needs to be done with privilege.  The user account has to be authorized with the right privileges to do whatever needs to be done:  restart a service, install an application, or change a Windows Firewall configuration, for example. You’re a part of the IT team chartered with enforcing your organization’s policy for user privilege management.  You get a request from someone – an application administrator, a contractor, anyone who needs…