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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 14:11

Centrify API adds single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, and access control

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Centrify has opened up its API to help developers add single sign-on, multi-factor authentication and access control to any app.

Centrify, a leader in securing enterprise identities against cyber threats, has announced a new developer program to help them easily incorporate critical security features — such as single sign-on (SSO) including social login, multi-factor authentication (MFA), password reset and access control — into their cloud, mobile and on-premises applications.

As part of the program, its identity and security features will be available via APIs, and not just as standalone products. Customers can tailor the Centrify experience to fit in with existing look-and-feel, and developers can focus on their specific application expertise and leverage Centrify’s APIs to manage the user and access-related aspects of their applications.

Chris Webber, security strategist at Centrify said, “Other developer programs often lack the customisable, identity-based security APIs for both end users and privileged users. Now, with the launch of the Centrify Developer Program, we have made our APIs, and the documentation behind them, more accessible to our customers and the app developer community.”

Samsung is a partner benefitting from the Centrify Developer Program. “Centrify’s identity platform APIs provide a powerful, programmatic interface that helps integrate our customers’ existing enterprise identities on Samsung mobile devices supporting Knox and enabling single sign-on to mobile apps. The streamlined approach helps our customers and key ISV partners to integrate easily with the Knox framework,” said Young Kim, vice-president of B2B solution group, mobile communications business at Samsung Electronics.

The Developer Program lets customers and developers focus on what matters most: building their applications and managing their resources, rather than worrying about users and access management. They can easily add important security features such as multi-factor authentication, social login, and access request while eliminating the need for cumbersome passwords. Developers can also customise the Centrify user experience for their employees, partners and customers thereby delivering a common branded experience.

Clifford Russell, chief information officer for Morehouse College, said, “Through the API available from Centrify, we’ve customised the single sign-on experience for our faculty and students. One of the biggest issues with multiple cloud systems is that the look and feel changes when a user goes from platform to platform. Thanks to Centrify, we’ve masked the fact that multiple platforms are used, so they now have just one look and feel.”

The Centrify Developer Program features include:

•             “Bring Your Own User Interface”
•             Custom Multi-Factor Authentication
•             Password reset
•             Programmatic creation of resources and accounts
•             Social login for customers

Developer partners can focus on their apps, and use Centrify’s tools for both user and access management and certification, ensuring interoperability for apps and resources.

A developer partner benefitting from the APIs made available through the Centrify Developer Program is online security company AVG. “Our Identity-as-a-Service and enterprise mobility offering — AVG SSO — leverage Centrify’s APIs to enable managed service providers to deliver a smooth customer experience. From onboarding business customers to providing reports with usage information for billing purposes, we can use Centrify’s APIs to achieve these tasks,” said Fred Gerritse, general manager, AVG Business.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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