Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

7/7/2008
07:21 PM
George V. Hulme
George V. Hulme
Commentary
50%
50%

Identity Management As A Service

Just before the long July 4 holiday weekend, I had a chance to speak with on-demand identity management start-up Symplified. This vendor is well capitalized and has veteran IdM leadership at its helm. It also wants to "revolutionize" the identity and assessment management (IdM) market. And it just might do so.

Just before the long July 4 holiday weekend, I had a chance to speak with on-demand identity management start-up Symplified. This vendor is well capitalized and has veteran IdM leadership at its helm. It also wants to "revolutionize" the identity and assessment management (IdM) market. And it just might do so.It was just about two months ago when I blogged on why more security vendors should move their offerings to the cloud, or through a SaaS delivery model. It seems the folks behind Symplified would agree.

The benefits of SaaS are now, thanks to the likes of Salesforce.com, well understood. With no servers, databases, or software to install, manage, and update (i.e., patches and upgrades), it's often a much more affordable way to deliver software. And the services model doesn't require six-figure checks be signed before any software has been installed. The theory goes that IT and security managers save time and can focus more energy on keeping their infrastructure secure, and less on managing security software itself. Plus, with each upgrade or fix, all customers are instantly upgraded.

This model has served many software vendors, such as Salesforce, in the CRM market, and Qualys, with its on-demand vulnerability management services, very well.

And if there's any software category that has a hefty amount of hassles that enterprises would like to shrug away, it's identity management, which includes provisioning users to networked resources, managing and keeping directories synced, extending access and authentication rules to partners, suppliers, and customers, as well as the headaches associated with connecting various applications to identity management software.

That's where Symplified steps in. Its on-demand identity service aims to push most of those complexities out of the enterprise and onto Symplified's computing platform. The company, which just received $6 million in funding, provides two options. First, a hosted Identity Cloud, which is essentially a proxy that securely connects multiple identity domains and networks. The other option is an on-premise appliance, which the company has dubbed an Identity Router. The Identity Router acts just like a traditional IP router, only it connects multiple identity domains and networks.

Not only does this model promise to challenge the traditional software IdM delivery model, it also could break the IdM industry's addiction to agents, plug-ins, custom coding, and other hefty customization and integration costs that have burdened large organizations, and put many IdM options out of the financial reach of small and midsized businesses.

When I spoke with Symplified founder, CEO, and chairman Eric Olden last week, he explained how the system links with existing identity stores, such as LDAP, Active Directory, SQL Databases, and Web services, and how the authenticated sessions can be passed from the Web browser out to Web applications.

That's good news for any business struggling not only with its internal identity management systems, but those also wondering how they're going to securely connect with all of those SaaS offerings that seem to be springing up everywhere.

If you've been following the IdM market, you may have recognized Olden's name as an old-timer in the IdM market. He co-founded Securant with Jonti McLaren and was its president from 1995-1999, then CTO and CMO from 2000-2001, until Securant was acquired by RSA in 2001.

 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/2/2020
Ripple20 Threatens Increasingly Connected Medical Devices
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  6/30/2020
DDoS Attacks Jump 542% from Q4 2019 to Q1 2020
Dark Reading Staff 6/30/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
How Cybersecurity Incident Response Programs Work (and Why Some Don't)
This Tech Digest takes a look at the vital role cybersecurity incident response (IR) plays in managing cyber-risk within organizations. Download the Tech Digest today to find out how well-planned IR programs can detect intrusions, contain breaches, and help an organization restore normal operations.
Flash Poll
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-9498
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
Apache Guacamole 1.1.0 and older may mishandle pointers involved inprocessing data received via RDP static virtual channels. If a userconnects to a malicious or compromised RDP server, a series ofspecially-crafted PDUs could result in memory corruption, possiblyallowing arbitrary code to be executed...
CVE-2020-3282
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
A vulnerability in the web-based management interface of Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Session Management Edition, Cisco Unified Communications Manager IM & Presence Service, and Cisco Unity Connection could allow an unauthenticated, remote attack...
CVE-2020-5909
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
In versions 3.0.0-3.5.0, 2.0.0-2.9.0, and 1.0.1, when users run the command displayed in NGINX Controller user interface (UI) to fetch the agent installer, the server TLS certificate is not verified.
CVE-2020-5910
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
In versions 3.0.0-3.5.0, 2.0.0-2.9.0, and 1.0.1, the Neural Autonomic Transport System (NATS) messaging services in use by the NGINX Controller do not require any form of authentication, so any successful connection would be authorized.
CVE-2020-5911
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
In versions 3.0.0-3.5.0, 2.0.0-2.9.0, and 1.0.1, the NGINX Controller installer starts the download of Kubernetes packages from an HTTP URL On Debian/Ubuntu system.