Posts by Ben Rice

Ben Rice is Vice President, Worldwide Business Development. Ben has held a variety of senior management positions at public companies such as Blue Coat Systems and startups such as Egnyte and Ositis Software. He began his career as an attorney working at The Castleman Law Firm, the LA County District Attorney and the Law Offices of Benjamin Z. Rice.

Centrify Perspective

How to Protect Yourself from a Social Engineering Attack

By , September 20, 2016

Hackers are after you. Not just “you” as a consumer using your devices to shop. Not just “you” as an employee accessing your company network, e-mail or applications. They are after you. The more they know and can readily find out about you, the easier it is to impersonate you for purposes of further compromise. One of the most common ways this happens is through social engineering — psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. Social engineering has been around for a long time; in fact, one of the earliest examples cited was the original Trojan Horse made of wood! However,…

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Centrify Brings Secure Identity Data to the Open Network Insight Project

By , July 28, 2016

Centrify has been working with Cloudera for years around our many joint customers and a partnership embracing the product strengths of both companies. Building on this foundation, Cloudera and Centrify today announced that Centrify has joined the Open Network Insight (ONI) project. ONI is an open source, Apache 2.0 licensed cybersecurity project that leverages big data and machine learning to detect advanced threats. ONI provides an open data model for Network, and with the addition of Centrify to the project will be extended to include identity. By extending ONI’s open data model into identity, Centrify is allowing users to centralize identity and…

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Centrify Expands It’s Developer Program to Make it Easier to Add MFA, SSO and Access Control to Apps

By , May 24, 2016

Single sign-on, social login, multi-factor authentication (MFA), password reset and access control can now be easily integrated into cloud, mobile and behind the firewall apps from third party developers by integrating Centrify APIs. Application developers are in a modern day wonderland where they can build multifaceted and intricate apps that function across user devices without having to build much computing or coding infrastructure.  It is now taken for granted that developers tap into well known APIs like Twitter, Facebook, Google or eBay to enrich their apps with new layers of context, function and integration. The API economy essentially allows developers to outsource some…

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IBM — Centrify Partnership Brings Identity Security to IBM Big Insights

By , March 24, 2016

IBM is truly the original Big Data company. Going back to 1911 when IBM (then called Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, or C-T-R) acquired Herman Hollerith’s Tabulating Machine Co., IBM has continuously brought innovation and insight to data recorded with computing machines.  The Tabulating machine was invented by Mr. Hollerith to count the 1890 US Census. It sorted and counted information recorded by punching holes in cards, and Hollerith had begun selling the machines to governments, railroad companies and retailers. Thus began the Big Data era.  The idea that businesses could gather data and analyze it to obtain competitive advantage/improve efficiency became the driving…

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Centrify and Yubico Partner to Bring Context-Based Adaptive Authentication to the Enterprise

By , February 29, 2016

Have you ever reported to the police that someone else’s car was stolen or burglarized?  You haven’t?  Certainly you have heard a car alarm.  Why did you fail to act when the car alarm sound blared into your ears?  Hint: almost no one believes car alarms and so we are lulled into a false sense of security. Where this false sense of security has reached epic proportions is in our collective security for our digital identities. We use passwords so we think we are safe, but we are already compromised and don’t even know it! Business employees are using more varied devices…

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Centrify Partners with Leading NoSQL Innovators: Couchbase, DataStax, MongoDB

By , September 29, 2015

Things are changing. No kidding right? One of the biggest changes you may not even notice is how data is stored by your company or your friendly neighborhood web application.  These days many of these workloads are handled by a NoSQL database. According to Market Research Media, the worldwide NoSQL market is expected to reach $3.4 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 21% between 2015 and 2020. This represents a tremendous new market where companies like Couchbase ($115 million raised), MongoDB ($311 million raised), and DataStax ($190 million raised) have collectively raised more than $600 million to satisfy the insatiable…

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Centrify and Cloudera Partner to Offer Privileged Identity Management for Hadoop

By , February 18, 2015

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…

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

By , February 18, 2015

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…

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Centrify and AVG Partnership Helps MSPs Reach Above The Cloud

By , October 22, 2014

What is that? It is a newly discovered, but barely understood phenomenon called a Sprite.

sprite-580x384Sprites are large-scale electrical discharges that occur high above thunder clouds, giving rise to an amazing range of shapes flickering in the night sky. So why am I writing about this in the Centrify Partner blog? With our announcement today about AVG choosing Centrify to power its new AVG CloudCare™ IDaaS and EMM offerings, we are helping thousands of MSP (Managed Service Provider) organizations become Sprites — with the vantage point and capability to rise high above all their customers’ clouds and manage them using CloudCare IDaaS.

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Adallom and Centrify Partner to Provide a Complete SaaS Security Solution

By , July 30, 2014

Today Centrify and Adallom are jointly announcing our new partnership on our respective blogs. I also have provided my perspective which can be found on Adallom’s blog In turn, I am pleased to introduce and welcome Tal Klein, Adallom’s Vice President of Strategy and Marketing as a guest blogger to the Centrify Blog, who offers his perspective on the new partnership here on the Centrify blog. Tal: Most of us now use many SaaS applications in our daily lives, accessing these fantastically flexible apps from our mobile devices and laptops. It is mostly accepted that this is the way we…