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Centrify Addresses IT and User Challenges around Explosion of Mobile and Business Apps

Unveils Easy-to-Use, Secure Access for SaaS and Cloud Services

Builds on Microsoft Active Directory to Enhance Unified Identity Services across Data Centre, Cloud and Mobile, Resulting in One Single Login for Users and One Identity Infrastructure for IT

London, UK — Dec 3, 2012 — Centrify Corporation, the leader in Unified Identity Services across data centre, cloud and mobile, today introduced a new Windows Azure cloud-based offering that extends Microsoft Active Directory and lets organisations centrally secure and control access to their increasing deployments of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) apps and other cloud services across a variety of operating systems and platforms. The new solution also gives end users an option to provide much needed Single Sign-on (SSO) to address the password sprawl associated with these new technologies.

The rapid adoption of SaaS applications combined with Bring-Your-Own Device (BYOD) programs means that IT organisations increasingly don't own the endpoint devices or back-end application resources. Centralised management of users' digital identity that spans on-premise and cloud resources provides the visibility and control required for organisations to achieve compliance, reduce costs and mitigate risks, while also enabling productivity and secure access for user centric, mobile workforces.

Today's announcement of comprehensive SaaS and Cloud Services support — coupled with Centrify's support for more than 400 operating systems and dozens of on-premise apps, and rich support for mobile devices — lets Centrify customers take advantage of their existing Microsoft Active Directory investments across the industry's broadest range of systems, mobile devices and apps deployed both on-premise and in the cloud. Centrify's new Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) offering — Centrify DirectControl for SaaS — will be unveiled and demonstrated for the first time at the Gartner Identity & Access Management Summit in Las Vegas, in Booth No. PL3 this week.

"As organisational boundaries continue to erode under the pressure of federation and outsourcing, and as enterprise control over IT continues to weaken through increased adoption of mobile devices and cloud services, identity is more important than ever, and more problematic," said Ian Glazer, Research VP at Gartner. "Identity teams must strengthen federation capabilities to properly connect software as a service (SaaS) to the enterprise…Identity teams should also consider an identity bridge to connect to identity as a service (IDaaS) offerings."[1]

"The Windows Azure cloud platform builds on and utilises Microsoft's core technologies, including security and identity with Active Directory," said Karri Alexion-Tiernan, Director, Windows Azure Product Marketing, Microsoft. "As a Windows Azure customer and partner, Centrify extends Windows Azure functionality with an on-demand identity service across the data centre, cloud, and mobile that lets IT take advantage of their existing skills and Active Directory infrastructure."

One Single Login for Users. One Unified Identity Infrastructure for IT
Centrify DirectControl for SaaS allows users to securely utilise their existing Active Directory credentials to get Single Sign-on to their SaaS apps from a web browser running on any system, laptop or mobile device, irrespective of whether the endpoint is on the corporate network or not. And because mobile devices are fast becoming the dominant endpoint of choice, Centrify also offers "Zero Sign-On" (ZSO) from mobile devices running iOS or Android, and supports both browser and native rich mobile apps through the secure certificate delivered to their mobile devices enrolled with the Centrify Cloud Service. In addition, Centrify DirectControl for SaaS also offers the robust MyCentrify portal where users receive one-click access to all their SaaS apps and can utilise self-service features that let them locate, lock or wipe their mobile devices, and also reset their Active Directory passwords or manage their Active Directory attributes.

"We are seeing a trend in our organisation of people using more cloud services and apps that are outside of our own IT department, and we are very interested in helping our users keep control of these services. Providing Single Sign on and password management for the many different apps and services our people are using is a great way to do that," said Dave Miller, IT manager at Front Porch, Inc. "With Centrify, we see how we can have the ability for a one-stop place to manage our accounts and passwords, and our mobile devices that access our apps, while also making our users more productive. We are quite impressed with the Centrify solution."

Centrify's easy-to-deploy cloud-based service and seamless integration into Active Directory means IT does not need to sacrifice control of corporate identities and can leverage existing technology, skillsets and processes already established. Unlike other products, no intrusive firewall changes, changes to Active Directory itself or appliances in the DMZ are required — corporate identity information remains centralised in Active Directory under control of the IT staff and is never replicated or duplicated in the cloud. With centralised visibility and control of all SaaS apps, IT can reduce helpdesk calls by up to 95 percent for SaaS account lockouts and password resets. Single Sign-on also improves security since passwords and password practices not meeting corporate policies are eliminated, and critical tasks such as de-provisioning user access across multiple apps, devices and resources are easily achieved by simply disabling a user's Active Directory account.

Broad Application Support & Highly Scalable Cloud-based Solution
Centrify DirectControl for SaaS includes support for hundreds of applications supporting the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) or other Single Sign-on standards such as OAuth and OpenID, and also supports applications that support only forms-based authentication. Examples of applications supported include Box, Google Apps, Marketo, Microsoft Office365, Postini, Salesforce, WebEx, Zendesk and Zoho.

"Today, marketing individuals are increasingly relying on mission critical SaaS applications such as Marketo to execute their strategic marketing initiatives and gain a competitive edge, but to be successful marketers they need these services to 'just work'," said Robin Bordoli, VP of Partner Ecosystems at Marketo. "Centrify, a Marketo LaunchPoint ecosystem partner, solves the Single Sign-on challenges for our customers by eliminating the need to deal with multiple application passwords and ensuring a consistent secure access experience to Marketo's platform."

Key components of Centrify DirectControl for SaaS include:

  • MyCentrify portal is an Active Directory-integrated and cloud-delivered user portal that includes:

    • MyApps — one-click interface for SaaS Single Sign-on

    • MyDevices — self-service passcode reset, device lock, and remote and device location mapping

    • MyProfile — self-service for selected AD user attributes, account unlock and password reset

    • MyActivity — detailed activity that helps users self-report suspicious activities on their account

  • Centrify Cloud Service is a multi-tenanted service that provides secure communication from on-premise Active Directory to SaaS applications accessed from the MyCentrify user portal. It leverages an existing on-premise Active Directory infrastructure versus providing a directory in the cloud. Built on Microsoft Azure, the service facilitates Single Sign-on and controls access to SaaS applications through a security token service, which authenticates users to the portal with Kerberos, SAML, or an Active Directory username/password. The same highly scalable cloud service is used by Centrify for Mobile — a mobile device management and mobile authentication services solution.

  • Centrify Cloud Manager is an administrator interface into the Centrify Cloud Service that provides a single pane of glass to administer SaaS app access and SSO, mobile devices, and user profiles; and provides centralised reporting, monitoring and analysis of all SaaS and mobile activity. It improves security and compliance in organisations through improved visibility, and also reduces administrative complexity by reducing the number of monitoring and reporting interfaces.

  • Centrify Cloud Proxy seamlessly leverages and extends Active Directory to SaaS applications and mobile devices via Centrify Cloud Services. The proxy is a simple Windows service that runs behind the firewall providing real-time authentication, policy and access to user profiles without synchronising data to the cloud.

"Many of the existing solutions for SaaS SSO do not address what users want and what IT requires," said Corey Williams, Centrify senior director of product management. "Single Sign-on needs to address both browser and mobile access to apps regardless of whether those apps are on premise or in the cloud. We've architected our solution from the ground up to accommodate these scenarios, and with Centrify you can utilise your existing identity infrastructure to go beyond SSO with access control, privilege management, policy enforcement and compliance."

Pricing and Availability
Centrify's DirectControl for SaaS is currently in open beta and is expected to be generally available in the first calendar quarter of 2013. Upon availability, pricing is expected to be $4 per user per month. The free Centrify Express for SaaS is also available now in beta and includes free access to the Express community and online support. For more information, or to participate in the open beta program, see

About Centrify
Centrify provides Unified Identity Services across the data centre, cloud and mobile that results in one single login for users and one unified identity infrastructure for IT. Centrify's solutions reduce costs and increase agility and security by leveraging an organisation's existing identify infrastructure to enable centralised authentication, access control, privilege management, policy enforcement and compliance. Centrify customers typically reduce their costs associated with identity lifecycle management and compliance by more than 50 percent. With more than 4,500 customers worldwide, including 40 percent of the Fortune 50 and more than 60 Federal agencies, Centrify is deployed on more than one million server, application and mobile device resources on-premise and in the cloud. For more information about Centrify and its solutions, visit


Centrify, DirectAudit, DirectControl and DirectSecure are registered trademarks and DirectAuthorize and DirectManage are trademarks of Centrify Corporation in the United States and other countries.
[1]Note - Gartner, "2013 Planning Guide: Identity and Privacy," by Ian Glazer, Nov. 1, 2012.

Michael Rennett
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