Posts by Jeff Friedsam

Jeff Friedsam is Senior Director of Product Management at Centrify, where he focuses on Centrify’s Application Services. Prior to Centrify, Jeff held various product management, operations and business development roles.


From the Cloud

Picking a Perfect Bracket is Hard, SaaS Implementation is Easy

By , March 22, 2016

Being in tech and a self-proclaimed sports junkie, I couldn’t resist writing my blog about my favorite sporting event — March Madness. If you’re like me, you watched the selection show this past weekend and started thinking about your bracket. You said to yourself, I know the perfect bracket is impossible — but one day I’m going to get it right. Depending on who you listen to the odds range from a high of 1 in 128 billion to a low of 1 in 9.2 quintillion (yes, that’s a real number — 9 followed by 18 digits).  So, I wasn’t too…

From the Cloud

A Single Identity Platform for All Users

By , December 15, 2015

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 Perspective

What IT Professionals Should Learn from Pope Francis’ Security Detail

By , October 12, 2015

With Pope Francis’ recent visit to the U.S., I was struck by how similar the challenges faced by the Pontiff’s Security Team are to those in enterprise IT today. Whether physical or cyber, security teams must protect their people from the threats against them. Let’s take a look first at why the challenges of protecting the Pope are, in fact, like those of protecting users from cyberthreats. In both cases, it starts with the physical boundaries in which these actors do their jobs. A little over twenty years ago, work for the most part was done in one place — at…

From the Cloud

Security Your Way – With Centrify Identity Service

By , April 14, 2015

I’m sure you’ve all heard Henry Ford’s famous quote (in reference to the Model T): “Any customer can have a car painted any color he wants so long as it’s black.” Of course, Ford’s intention in only offering one color was not to disappoint the customer; it was to optimize the efficiency in which the company could mass-produce their cars. Well, we’ve come a long way from that paradigm as we’ve seen with the mass-customization available for products from major brands today.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are undoubtedly aware that Apple is launching their watch in a…

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Password Security 101: Change Your Password!

By , May 30, 2014

We’ve all heard the advice to create a unique and strong password for every site you access, and never reuse passwords. While this advice has been heard time and time again, it is largely ignored (more than 50% according to a quick Google search). Why is it so important to use different passwords?

From the Cloud

Cloud Identity and Active Directory Integration in a ‘Mobile First, Cloud First’ World

By , April 21, 2014

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s new CEO, has been widely covered in the news talking about Microsoft’s new strategy of ‘Mobile First, Cloud First.’  We wholeheartedly agree with this philosophy and it really shows in our Centrify User Suite, an integrated cloud, Mac and mobile offering.  In this blog post I’ll discuss some of my thoughts regarding what Microsoft offers vis a vis cloud identity and compare/contrast that to what Centrify offers. First, let me make it clear we also wholeheartedly agree with Microsoft about the value of two key elements of their cloud strategy – Office 365, and Azure.  Azure is available to customers…

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“Mister IT, Tear Down This Wall!”

By , March 26, 2014

Did I really just reference Reagan’s most famous speech as my blog title?  You bet I did, and I’m not going to stop with the title.  As the Cold War was coming to an end, Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and urged Mr. Gorbachev to show that he really sought peace and prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.  Everyone remembers (either from seeing it live or learning about it in school) his famous plea “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down this Wall!”  What we might not remember were the profound words he used leading up to that:…