OPM Lost My Identity — This Time, It’s Personal

So I have been compromised. My personal information was among the millions taken by our adversary from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Of course this is not the first time my personal information has fallen into the hands of the undesirable, but this time it’s different. Previously, the focus has been on my credit card and banking information — three times in last two years. But OPM had my SF-86 (my security clearance questionnaire) on file. With that information, you can become me. It lists not just my PII, but also the PII of my friends and family members, my…

Ben Left His Mac on the Airport Bus

Ben is a sales guy. He works for a Centrify customer. Ben’s very good at his job, which means he’s focused on sales. It also means he’s not focused on details like where he parks his rental car, or his hotel room number, or where he leaves his computer. Ben recently was on his way home from a great sales call in another city. He finished up with the customer, was very happy about the progress. While on the airport shuttle bus, he jumps on a conference call. He stays on the conference call the whole time he’s on the shuttle bus. He…

Entering the 21st Century…When Worlds Collide…

I love old Science Fiction movies.  One of my favorites is “When Worlds Collide.”  It’s a pretty dire parable of how we react as a species when confronted with total annihilation. Of course it’s a 1950’s era movie so it has that Cold War influence affecting many movies of that era. It’s also Hollywood so there has to be some romance.  In the end, and I hope I’m not spoiling it for anyone, we find a new world and seemingly live happily ever after. As someone recently hired at Centrify (four weeks as I write this blog post), I find…

Centrify’s Mobile Momentum

In my last blog I talked about some of the new features that were part of our latest mobile release, including support for the Apple Watch wearable device, app-lock using fingerprint and NFC, and our overall strategy when it comes to wearables and innovative security features with regards to mobile. This is all great news for our customers, and continues our commitment to integrated app and mobile management, but let’s go back a bit to when it all started. Centrify was the first (and remains the only) vendor to truly integrate identity and mobility management delivered from the cloud. At…

Paul Revere Rides Again: Centrify’s State of the Corporate Perimeter Survey

Paul Revere was perhaps best known for his midnight ride warning of impending British hostilities. He delivered the warning “The regulars are coming in!” which is loosely translated by future history textbook committees to “The British are coming.” The heroic actions of Paul Revere and his fellow compatriots were triggered as a result of intelligence, notifying the colonists to the fact that the British troops were marching towards Lexington. His actions likely saved countless lives including the lives of Samuel Adams (who went on to build a great beer empire) and John Hancock (who lived to teach us all proper…

Centrify Expands Partner Program to Help SIs Fast-Track Office365 Deployments

Microsoft is clearly embracing the adoption and move to the cloud. As a services and consulting organization with an emphasis on Microsoft, you’re likely seeing and hearing the cloud first and mobile first tagline and business objectives in Microsoft’s go forward strategy at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. Mobile first references the point that every device has to take into account the user experience for Microsoft apps. Cloud first is about the ease of availability of services provided to every user on each of their devices at anytime, anywhere. From a Microsoft customer or partner perspective, they still face…

Centrify Adds Application Management to its Enterprise Management Solution for Apple Macs

I thought it was just a Silicon Valley phenomenon, but a recent trip back from the east coast confirmed it was more universal than that. As I was waiting for my plane to board, I noticed a number of people on laptops typing away — but all of the laptops in my immediate vicinity were of the bright shiny Apple Mac variety. So I got up from my chair and started to wander around to see what would happen if I increased the sample size of my informal survey. Amazingly I counted 12 Macs before I spotted my first PC! This…

Apple Watch, Wearable Strategy, and Other 15.5 Mobile Features

I’m happy to announce that our new 15.5 mobile client supports the exciting Apple Watch wearable device. While not new to the wearable scene, Centrify is excited about extending our support for wearables to the Apple Watch to enable quick, easy, and secure MFA for Centrify application access. Many other companies are using the launch of the Apple Watch to officially declare their support and strategy for wearable devices. Centrify announced our first support for wearables at the beginning of 2015, with our support of Android Wear. With the advent of wearables becoming more mainstream, Centrify is committed to looking into ways…

Bringing Home the Gold!

Nobody likes a braggart. I get that for sure.  Here at Centrify, we especially tend towards the humbler side of things.  It’s just part of the culture, and it’s part of the reason the team works well together.  There aren’t a ton of egos in the office — everyone works for what’s best for our customers. But on the flip side, too much modesty can be bad as well.  Everyone knows someone who just can’t take a compliment.  Maybe they’re shy, or just a bit awkward.  It’s not a particularly great trait in a person, and it’s certainly not the…

Centrify is Top Vendor for Strategy in Forrester Wave for Cloud IAM

Fresh off of our “Clear Choice” win of the NetworkWorld Single Sign-on Vendor Shootout, Forrester has published “The Forrester Wave™: B2E Cloud IAM, Q2 2015.” We are honored to have been recognized as a strong performer and for achieving the top score for strategy among the nine providers in the study. As mentioned in previous blogs, Centrify has a history of innovating in the Cloud IAM space. We developed the first integrated identity and mobility management solution delivered entirely in the cloud; we were the first IDaaS company to surpass 2,000 customers, we were one of the first solutions to receive a “Works with…