5 Nuggets of Wisdom from the Gartner IAM Conference

The Gartner IAM conference was such a whirlwind earlier in December. I was fortunate to attend a number of sessions from Gartner analysts and guest speakers. Let me break down some of the key takeaways that I learned:  1. Combining two authentication factors of the same kind does not increase security. Are you implementing two-factor (multi-factor) authentication the right way? Authentication factors require a mixture of three main types of authentication: knowledge, possession, and inherence. If we ask someone to authenticate with two knowledge factors, is this really secure? It’s easy to hack two authentication factors if they are available…

Three Top New Features in Centrify Server Suite 2016

As a product manager for Server Suite, I’m pleased to tell you about our latest version, Centrify Server Suite 2016, which we just released for general availability on Monday, December 21.  But before I do, let me say that we’re very, very excited about this product.  The reason is, we think this is the biggest and most important release in some time.  From a feature and function perspective, there’s a lot of new stuff that people will want to take advantage of.  Along with that, this is the first time we’ve built in direct integration between Server Suite and our cloud service offerings….

Centrify is Having Fun Stopping the Bad Guys

Earlier this month, Centrify was honored to be named One of the Best Places to Work in 2016, a Glassdoor Employee’s Choice Award. We are really proud of this award, but we are especially proud of the passionate and hard-working employees that make Centrify one of the best places to work. It is their dedication, motivation and energy that makes Centrify a great place to work. After we were honored with this award, I was given the opportunity to write a blog post on Glassdoor for Employers. Below is my post, which focuses on why maintaining a company’s culture is…

Centrify Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)

2015 sure has been a banner year for cloud technologies! A major development has been the mainstream adoption of containers. Google’s Kubernetes project and Docker have helped the adoption with major open source contributions in these areas. Back in 2014, we knew that Google launches more than 2 billion containers a week! More recently Docker shared that more than 1.3 billion container image downloads had been issued until November of this year, up from just over 2.75 million a year ago.  Cloud adoption for enterprises may be sooner than we expect — 34% of enterprises will have greater than 60% of their applications on cloud platforms in the next 2 years. Choice to go…

Smart Card Login to Cloud-Based Apps and Privileged Identity Management Services

I am excited to announce that Centrify has added Smart Card login as a core feature of our Cloud Identity Platform supporting both the Centrify Identity Service as well as the Centrify Privilege Service. Smart Cards in physical form (CAC/PIV), derived credentials, virtual smart cards as well as USB PKI Keys (such as Yubikey or SafeNet eToken Pro) can now be used to login to your agency’s personalized Centrify cloud portal for access to SaaS applications as well as privileged user access to authorized servers and networking devices. There are several reasons that our customers are asking for this capability as they…

The Convergence of Identity and Mobility

I just got back from the Gartner IAM Summit in Las Vegas. As always, it was a great summit chockfull of impressive speakers, informative content and valuable networking opportunities. In many of the sessions that I attended, a common theme was the convergence of identity and mobility. It was great to hear Gartner validating what we at Centrify have believed for quite some time. In fact, we were the first to deliver an integrated Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) and Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) service back in 2012. Back then IDaaS and EMM were very distinct markets addressing different customer problems. So, why did we…

A Single Identity Platform for All Users

Over the past two years I have had countless conversations with customers and prospective customers who have asked: “we love what you do for SSO and MFA for employees, and how you do privileged identity management for IT staff … can we extend those capabilities to our business partners and customers?” These customers have all had a common goal in mind — they want to use a single platform and tool to manage user access to resources regardless of who the user is or where the user identity comes from. Well, to all of those people who I have discussed…

Centrify Wins a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award

It was with a great deal of pride that we heard Centrify is among the winners of the eighth annual Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the Best Places to Work in 2016. This award is really special to us. Unlike other awards, this is based entirely on feedback and company reviews that our employees have voluntarily and anonymously shared on Glassdoor over the past year. This year, we are proud to be recognized among an elite group of companies that have less than 1,000 employees. Centrify has won a number of awards this year for our great products….

Cyberthreats — Demystifying Vendor Jargon

“I’m getting totally lost” David confided over a spinach Jamba Juice in the break room. “Cyberthreats are the buzz in the press and in the C-level washroom. So guess what, it’s now become my priority and frankly, I’m overwhelmed with it all — the complexity, the risk to the business, all the ‘solutions’ promising to solve it but that seem to be all over the map. Arrgggggg!” Theresa could see the panic in David’s eyes. Definitely bridge jumping material. Need to talk him off the ledge. “OK, David. Think happy thoughts. Think happy IT, nice and safe and secure.” He visibly calmed. “Look, every…