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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 21:28

Centrify launches ‘industry first’ cloud-based privileged identity service

Centrify CEO Tom Kemp Centrify CEO Tom Kemp

Unified identity manager vendor Centrify has launched what it says is the industry’s first cloud-based identity management solution, Centrify Privilege Service (CPS) to provide security, visibility and control of privileged accounts.

Centrify CEO and founder Tom Kemp said identity and privileged accounts were at the centre of today’s ever-growing string of cyber-attacks, , it’s no surprise that privileged accounts are top targets for hackers and malicious insiders alike.

“Centrify’s modern approach to managing and securing privileged accounts is in stark contrast to legacy privileged identity management software offerings that fail to address increasingly hybrid IT environments of on-premises and cloud-based systems.

“These products also fail to secure and manage third-party access and utilise cumbersome on-premises architectures that require expensive perpetual license purchases and months of professional services.  Analysts have been asking when the privileged identity management market will be disrupted by the cloud, and we believe CPS is the answer.”

Centrify launched the new service while conducting briefings on CPS at the RSA security conference taking place at San Francisco’s Moscone Centre.

Kemp says CPS extends the identity consolidation, privilege management and privileged session auditing capabilities found in the flagship Centrify Server Suite by providing shared account password management for servers, network devices and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).

In addition, he says CPS addresses security and audit requirements for managing both cloud-based and on-premises access to critical production systems and applications by remote employees and third parties ― “all without the hassle of a VPN”.

Kemp also said that CPS is delivered as a modern, multi-tenant cloud service, available in 15 languages from 10 data centres across the world and with rich support for mobile devices.  “CPS is built on the proven Centrify Identity Platform, which powers the Centrify Identity Service, the industry’s first entirely cloud-based solution for integrated identity, mobility and Mac management”.

CPS will be generally available in May, with Centrify’s US pricing at $50 per privileged user per month, and with volume and education pricing available.

Local Australian pricing will be announced prior to release.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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