Federated SSO: Merged SaaS and Mobile Management

In my last blog post, I wrote about how IT needs a new model, one that secures the proliferation of mobile devices, solves the password challenge, and allows you to regain, as IT, some of the access control and visibility that you had enjoyed when you managed everything inside the firewall. The formula for this is to start to get away from using passwords as the primary security mechanism for apps, and the easiest way to do that is through single sign on (SSO).

Getting More out of Managed Service Accounts

Hi.  Just a quick entry today, about Active Directory Managed Service Accounts (MSAs) and Centrify Server Suite for Windows.  A customer asked:  “In the Centrify Server Suite do we support or have plans to support Managed Service Accounts that were released with Windows Server 2008 R2? Managed Service Accounts are Windows user accounts that are created and managed via PowerShell that do not have manually created passwords and can be used as service accounts.”   Here’s my reply:  We do, in fact, support using MSAs in the Suite, and we significantly extend their functionality beyond what Microsoft uses them for.  By default, when you Browse…

It’s a Brave New World…

It’s a brave new world for today’s knowledge workers who now have a myriad of choices on how to access business applications, with mobile being the new, preferred way to access applications.  And they use a lot more applications than just a few short years ago.  These increasing number of applications can be accessed via the Cloud or software-as-a-service (SaaS), as well as on-premise, and span across CRM (customer relationship management), ERP (enterprise resource planning), HCM (human capital management), SFA (sales force automation) and many, many others. We seem to be in a deconstruction period of the business application where…

It’s a Brave New World of SaaS Apps and Mobile Devices, but…

In my last blog post, I wrote about how it’s a brave new world of SaaS apps and mobile devices for today’s knowledge workers who now have a myriad of choices on how to access business applications, with mobile being the new, preferred way to access applications. And they use a lot more applications than just a few short years ago. These increasing number of applications can be accessed via the Cloud or software-as-a-service (SaaS), as well as on-premise, and span across CRM (customer relationship management), ERP (enterprise resource planning), HCM (human capital management), SFA (sales force automation) and many, many others.

How to Create a Hidden Local Admin Account on Mac Systems (Redux)

Lance showed us a top tip for creating an invisible Local Administrator account by placing a period character (.) in front of the username. Doing this was handy for preventing the admin user from showing up in the Users & Groups System Preferences, but it was discovered that this would also cause the account to be skipped over when doing an OS upgrade (e.g., updating from 10.8 Mountain Lion to 10.9 Mavericks). As a result – after the update; the user no longer exists under the new OS and thus needs to be recreated. It’s likely that this is because…