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Platform supports scalable, one-stop authentication management

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:authentication? management? platform? security? software?

Identity and access management solutions provider Hitachi ID Systems Inc. releases what it calls the market's first true authentication management platform. According to the company, Password Manager 7.0 is able to manage any and every authentication factor employed by a corporate user.

Hitachi ID Password Manager 7.0 is a major retooling of the application that provides stronger security, better scalability, enhanced user adoption and improved ROI. It leverages Hitachi ID Systems' latest identity management technology platform, with a SQL Server or Oracle back-end, a real-time data replication service, high performance data updates via stored procedures and Unicode support.

Password Manager 7.0 is the first release where telephone-based password and PIN reset and enterprise single sign-on are included in the base product and price.

"Password Manager 7.0 was designed from the ground up to be the most advanced platform for managing authentication factors," said Idan Shoham, chief technology officer, Hitachi ID Systems. "We used our next-generation technology platform to get the best possible scalability, flexibility and reliability. We then added capabilities to support one-stop management of all of a user's authentication factorspasswords, security questions, OTP tokens, smart cards, voice biometrics, hard disk encryption keys and more."

Password Manager 7.0 introduces authentication chains that support context-sensitive and multi-step processes for validating user identity. These include protecting Extranet-facing deployments against attack by robots using CAPTCHAs; leveraging mobile phones as an authentication factor; and integrating with consumer authentication services from vendors such as VeriSign or RSA.

It offers user classes for flexible delegation of security rights, including regional help desks with local authority to reset passwords and managers empowered to reset passwords for their direct or indirect subordinates.

A password synchronization service on Windows servers minimizes the code running in the OS kernel and supports advanced features such as user filtering and a retry queue. Also, enhancements to the managed user enrolment system, enable large organizations to control the pace at which users are invited to complete their profiles. To track user profiles and login accounts, orphan and dormant accounts, enrolment progress and more, many reports are available. Plus, the system offers official support for Windows 7 clients, including 64-bit versions.

Password Manager ships with connectors for over 100 types of systems and applications including common on-premises systems such as Active Directory and SAP and cloud-hosted systems such as Google Applications and WebEx. It also includes integrations with the Windows login process, 10 types of help desk incident management applications, e-mail systems, full disk encryption products and more.

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