User Provisioning – Do You Have Proper Employee Lifecycle Management?

Centrify has invested heavily into a strategic partnership with SoftwareONE over the past 12 months, and we are excited to align our thought leadership between organizations. I would like to introduce Tristan Ackley, the Global Content Writer on the Marketing team at SoftwareONE. He has recently teamed up with Centrify’s WW Director of SaaS Sales, Fahad Rizqi, to relay the importance of IDaaS and application provisioning in today’s marketplace. He has contributed the following post as a guest blogger to the Centrify Blog: Tristan: Did you know that roughly one in five workers routinely shares ‪passwords with members of their…

Secure Identity for Hadoop @ Strata+Hadoop World 2015

The most interesting thing to me about Strata+Hadoop World was the stories about what everyone is doing with Hadoop or Big Data. We heard numerous stories about how data scientists are using Hadoop to analyze customer data, financial data, web site click traffic, etc. In fact, most of the people who came to the show were realizing the value of Hadoop technology, while very few were responsible for the IT infrastructure that it runs on (who we normally sell security solutions to). And the most common title at the show was Data Scientist, which got me thinking that we should have a Security…

Centrify and Cloudera Partner to Offer Privileged Identity Management for Hadoop

Information has become the lifeblood of our modern economy. Vast piles of data are stacking up everywhere in massive data centers all over the world. Whole companies and whole industries have been formed and evaporated trying to solve the fundamental challenge with so much data – how to get value from the data by understanding it all. Now that we know this data has so much value we must make sure we keep this valuable information secret from prying eyes. Perhaps you have heard about the great efforts Coca Cola has taken to protect the secret recipe for Coke? This is…

Hortonworks + Centrify Partner to Secure and Speed Big Data Deployments

Over the past six months, more than 10 of Hortonworks customers have come to us to explain how they were looking to start using Centrify to secure their Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) environments. We took the time to understand and enable each of these customers’ use cases around secure and centralized identity management for HDP users and admins. With today’s big data solution announcement from Centrify, we have productized those use cases and lessons, and partnered with Hortonworks to certify the capabilities – allowing us to jointly take this solution to market. With this blog, I want to walk you through some…

Centrify and MapR Partner to Bring Privileged Identity Management to MapR Distribution Including Apache Hadoop

We are awash in data. We know this.  We have known this for a long time. Ever since the first storage media was created in the 20th Century we have been puzzling over what to do with all the data we create using computers. Enter Hadoop.  For those of you living under a technological rock Hadoop is BIG. IT’S BIG DATA.  Here is a little infographic that illustrates the point: So why is it so big and what can Centrify do about it? Well first it is BIG from an investment and IT spending standpoint, as it is one of the single…

Best Practices for Single Sign-on with Office 365

Many people are moving to an Office 365 environment to simplify control and maintenance of some of their core systems. These benefits can include the following: Overtime reduced for technical staff’s support for email systems. Reduction in on-premises storage requirements. Reduction in on-premises hardware requirements. Improved availability of service and redundancy (99.9% up SLA). Less concern for individual mailbox storage requirements. The ability to have a hybrid exchange model for hosting mailboxes locally, for situations where the hosted solution may not work. Single Sign-on (SSO) federated to your on premises Active Directory (AD). And last but not least, automated provisioning…

Creating a Custom WS-FED Application

In this blog post I’d like to show you how to create a custom WS-Fed application on the Centrify User Portal. This may be an existing internal app or a 3rd party hosted application. As you probably know by now Centrify provides about 3,000 application profiles out of the box, but there are those cases when you might have an internally developed app or a lessor know 3rd party app that supports WS-Fed and you would like to provide it with single sign-on . I’ve included a primer on how SSO works with WS-Fed as well as detailed instructions on…

Protecting Shared Social Media Accounts

Recently I was asked by a large bank to help them solve a problem with meeting the burden of the FEEIC regulations as it pertains to social media. Essentially the regulation covers communications about the bank’s financial products by the bank. The bank wanted to make sure that an employee could not make any social media posts after they have transitioned from the bank and that all accesses of the application were audited. The CTO told us that the bank is going to embark on a new social media strategy using Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Snapchat, Pintrest and Instagram. And these…