Single sign-on capability for application access released by Centrify

Centrify has launched a web-based portal for single sign-on capabilities for cloud services and applications.

The solution extends capabilities within Microsoft's Active Directory to allow enhanced identity services across data centres, cloud and mobile, and allows "one single login for users and one identity infrastructure for IT", according to the company.

Currently in beta, Centrify said that the Identity-as-a-Service (IdaaS) offering, named Centrify DirectControl for SaaS, allows users to utilise their existing Active Directory credentials to use 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.

Speaking to SC Magazine, Centrify CEO Tom Kemp said: “The world is getting more heterogeneous. From end-users having too many user names and passwords to them having too many devices, we are offering a solution to allow people to have on-premise Active Directory access across the data centre, mobile and applications with unified identity services. From an IT perspective, it gives them the 'big easy' button.

“Today, IT is in a unique situation where they do not control the device and IT can only address their own devices, backend or applications, but they can control identity. There is a disappearing perimeter and identity is at the core of things.”

According to the company, Centrify DirectControl for SaaS centralises corporate identity information in Active Directory, under control of the IT staff, and it is never replicated or duplicated in the cloud. It also removes passwords and gives centralised visibility and control of all SaaS applications, while mobile users on iOS or Android can use a 'zero sign-on' function through the secure certificate delivered to their mobile devices enrolled with the Centrify Cloud Service.

Corey Williams, senior director of product management at Centrify, said: “What is different about this is that it is very Active Directory-centric with innovative levels for single sign-on in non-Microsoft environments.

“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 single sign-on with access control, privilege management, policy enforcement and compliance.”

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