Centrify Suite 2012 solution to centralize all security and policy controls for center's growing Macintosh and Linux user populations

November 9, 2011

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Nov. 9, 2011 — Centrify Corporation, the leading provider of security and compliance solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems and applications using Active Directory, today announced that Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) is deploying its Centrify Suite 2012 solution to centralize all security and policy controls for its growing Macintosh and Linux user populations. Now, CHORI centrally controls access within its research community for its more than 500 systems in Active Directory — using the same methodology employed for Windows systems — for increased security and compliance.

CHORI is the internationally renowned biomedical research institute of Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland. With world-class scientists and research centers known both nationally and internationally in multiple fields, CHORI is eighth in the nation for National Institutes of Health pediatric research funding.

“We were looking to get a better handle on the security, authentication and management of our systems, and now with Centrify we are meeting our needs in these areas,” said Ben Hanes, CHORI Senior Systems Analyst. “Centrify gives us an all-encompassing tool for improved management and flexibility, which does not add complexity or overhead for us. And, with our cloud strategy in the works, we can see how Centrify can help us when we move to the cloud, as well.”

According to Hanes, Apple representatives recommended Centrify to CHORI, which must also authenticate access to protected health information (PHI) in clinical research labs and comply with HIPAA. In addition to private patient information, these systems contain significant amounts of genetic data to help researchers match patients with DNA and discover how genetics might fit into treatments for conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and infectious diseases. Now with Centrify, CHORI sets controls and limits access of these systems, no matter what computing platform researchers use.

“Centrify easily integrates with our Mac and Linux users, and we don’t have to change the schema of Active Directory for these systems,” he said. “Management is in one place for all our systems at one time, which makes our lives easier. Now, instead of managing system authentication we can go out and be more available to help people in our operation, and provide better customer service within our research center.”

“CHORI is a leader in bridging basic science and clinical research in the treatment and prevention of human diseases, and we are pleased to enable centralized management of the authentication and security of their systems,” said Gary Taggart, VP of Worldwide Sales. “Centrify gives CHORI a more flexible and stable tool for managing the access controls and compliance of the various systems within their research center. Organizations worldwide are turning to Centrify to simplify the complexity of managing the security of systems in heterogeneous environments, and provide easy integration into their Active Directory authentication stores.”

About the Centrify Suite

The Centrify Suite lets organizations centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems and applications by leveraging an infrastructure they already own — Microsoft Active Directory. Built on an integrated architecture, the Centrify Suite strengthens security, enhances regulatory compliance initiatives, and reduces IT expense and complexity. The Centrify Suite — consisting of DirectControl DirectAuthorize, DirectAudit , DirectSecure and DirectManage — delivers secure authentication and single sign-on, role-based access control, privileged identity management, user-level auditing for Windows and UNIX systems, server isolation, and encryption of data-in-motion for the industry’s broadest set of heterogeneous systems and applications.

About CHORI Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) is internationally renowned for taking state-of-the-art basic and clinical research and translating it into interventions for treating and preventing human diseases. CHORI, the research arm of Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, has 300 members of its investigative staff, a budget of about $50 million, and is ranked among the nation’s top 10 research centers in National Institutes of Health funding to children’s hospitals. CHORI strives to provide the highest level of excellence through a multidisciplinary collaborative of distinguished investigators in the Center for Cancer Research; Center for Genetics; Center for Immunobiology & Vaccine Development; Center for Nutrition & Metabolism; Center for Prevention of Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes; and the Center for Sickle Cell Disease & Thalassemia. Among the leading biotech enterprises in the Bay Area, CHORI produced 25 patents in the last 5 years alone. In addition to providing world-class research, CHORI is also a teaching institute, offering unique educational opportunities to high school, college, doctoral and post-doctoral students. For more information, go to http://www.chori.org.

About Centrify Centrify delivers integrated software solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems and applications by leveraging the infrastructure organizations already own — Microsoft Active Directory. From the data center and into the cloud, more than 3,500 organizations, including 40 percent of the Fortune 50, rely on Centrify’s identity consolidation and privilege management solutions to reduce IT expenses, strengthen security and meet compliance requirements. For more information about Centrify and its solutions, call +1 (408) 542-7500 or visit http://www.centrify.com/.

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