Free industry benchmarking solution now available for Microsoft Active Directory

May 4, 2011

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SAN FRANCISCO—May 3, 2011— nCircle, the leader in automated security and compliance auditing solutions, today announced the release of the nCircle Benchmark Metrics Pack for Identity and Access Management tools. nCircle Benchmark is the world’s first cloud-based security and compliance benchmarking service that enables organizations to compare the performance of their entire IT security ecosystem against their own goals and industry peers.

Enterprise tools that control and protect user and business partner identities and manage access to critical information span a wide variety of point solutions and encompass an array of business processes. IT teams invest in these tools to respond to rapid changes in user accounts, assure user accounts remain secure, identify key vulnerabilities, and neutralize potential insider threats. The ability to independently monitor these controls and verify that their processes are operating efficiently is essential. The nCircle Benchmark Metrics Pack for Identity and Access Management provides users with accurate, independent assessments of the performance of these critical controls and allows users to compare their results to industry peers.

nCircle Benchmark Basic Metrics Pack for Identity and Access Management is available now for all Microsoft Active Directory users. Adapters for additional identity and access management vendors will be available soon.

The free Basic Edition includes the following benchmarks and scorecards:

* User Account Status * User Account Logins * User Account Passwords

All of these metrics can be presented by industry, company size, geography and assets under management. Internal metrics can be analyzed by an even wider range of criteria including risk profile, organizational structure and compliance requirements.

“Our new Identity and Access Management Benchmark Metrics Pack is complementary to the already available Metrics packs for vulnerability management, antivirus and endpoint protection and configuration auditing,” said Jim Acquaviva, vice president of product strategy at nCircle. “This addition to our growing portfolio of Metrics Packs makes it possible for organizations to monitor and communicate the effectiveness of controls that manage identities and protect access to critical infrastructure and strategic information assets.”

nCircle Benchmark Metrics Packs deliver pre-packaged, field tested metrics and scorecards that provide complete visibility across multiple-vendor security and compliance environments. Each Metrics Pack includes a comprehensive set of relevant metrics and scorecards for a specific security discipline. Together, nCircle Benchmark metrics and scorecards offer a comprehensive, at-a-glance indicator of IT investment performance.

nCircle Benchmark offers a broad range of Metrics Packs. Vulnerability Management and Configuration Auditing, Antivirus and Endpoint Protection and Identity and Access Management are available now. Additional Metrics Packs for Patch Management, Endpoint Encryption, Event Management, Incident Response and Network Protection will be available soon.

Each Metric Pack is delivered in four editions: Basic, Standard, Premium and Enterprise. The Basic Edition of every Metrics Pack is always free and provides an initial set of metrics and scorecards. Organizations can easily expand beyond the free Basic Edition and subscribe to a broad range of additional scorecards delivered in the Standard Edition or the Premium Edition to start building internal benchmark assessments from the extensive nCircle Benchmark catalog.

To get started, simply visit to create an account and select a Metrics Pack. Within minutes, customers can view metrics and scorecards of their security performance and compare results to a benchmark of their peers. For a complete view of available Metrics Packs, visit

For more information, please visit the website.

About nCircle

nCircle is the leading provider of automated security and compliance auditing solutions. More than 5,500 enterprises, government agencies and service providers around the world rely on nCircle's proactive solutions to manage and reduce security risk and achieve compliance on their networks. nCircle has won numerous awards for growth, innovation, customer satisfaction and technology leadership and has been ranked among the top 100 best places to work in the San Francisco Bay Area. nCircle is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices throughout the United States and in London and Toronto. Additional information about nCircle is available at

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