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Reduce hacker attack points from outsourced IT

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Centrify has introduced the first cloud-based federated privileged access service to secure organisations' systems when using outsourced IT.

Centrify is an identity management software and cloud-based Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) provider that helps organisations to manage multiple identities across computer networks and cloud computing environments – to prevent the keys to the kingdom falling into the wrong hands.

Unfortunately, ID security is only as good as its weakest link – outsourced IT is a likely attack vector. According to a December 2015 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Centrify, 100% of organisations outsource at least one IT function and at least one application development function. Research specialist Gartner concurs - IT outsourcing will be a US$335 billion industry by 2019.

Centrify’s solution is designed for an enterprise’s hybrid IT environment of cloud, mobile and on-premises and leverages the Centrify Identity Platform. Coupled with other new features such as application-to-application password management (AAPM) and multi-factor authentication (MFA) for servers, Centrify’s Privileged Identity Management solution reduces an enterprise’s attack surface and enables continuous compliance.
  
“As more of today’s businesses outsource functions such as IT administration and rely on vendors to troubleshoot systems and applications, the need to govern and secure privileged sessions grows dramatically,” said Tom Kemp, CEO and co-founder of Centrify. “Given that compromised credentials are the leading attack vector in data breaches, and that many of the high profile breaches involved third party access, Centrify’s federated privileged access for third parties reduces an organisation’s identity-related risk.”

In addition to federated privileged access, Centrify’s products work in tandem to offer a comprehensive, integrated security solution built for the modern enterprise. New capabilities for Centrify’s identity management for privileged users’ solution include the following.
 
Minimise attack surface

  • Local account provisioning — Centrally manage the lifecycle for application and service accounts on UNIX and Linux systems, and automatically secure and manage credentials and access.
  • Application-to-application password management ― Eliminate hard-coded, plain text account passwords from scripts and applications. Applications and scripts authenticate and retrieve passwords securely without human intervention, enabling organisations to meet compliance and security policies.
  • Privileged access request ― Grant temporary, time-bound privileged access to on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure to minimise attack surface and reduce risk.
  • Secure password storage ― In addition to using the secure data store of the Centrify Identity Platform to store all user, resource, account, and password information, Privilege Service now supports SafeNet KeySecure key management appliances from Gemalto for encrypted storage of account passwords on-premises.

Thwart in-progress attacks

  • Multifactor authentication for servers ― Protect against hackers using stolen passwords and credentials by configuring multi-factor authentication (MFA) for IT administrators who access Linux systems and require elevated privileges.

 Govern access and prove compliance

  • Reconcile approved and actual access ― Easily prove access controls are working as designed by reconciling approved access with actual access.
  • Reporting services ― Report on who did what, where and when, who has access to what and how they can use that access to meet complex regulatory requirements. Select or schedule packaged attestation reports or create your own.

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Ray Shaw [email protected]  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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