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Essentially that is what it is. Recently we announced our Force.com based Cloud SSO solution. What is unique about this is that we are the first (and as of now the ONLY) solution that will allow Force.com user identities to be federated not only across Force.com applications, but also across other cloud providers as well.

We provide Identity for the cloud in the cloud – now that is different, isn’t it?

I know, I know… there are about half of a dozen vendors that claim to provide a Cloud SSO solution. So why are we different or better than the others?

We provide a fusion, bringing together the best of McAfee and Intel.   We bring years of advanced security research ,  our multi-tenant offering cloud security suite from McAfee, coupled with Intel’s Identity offering that includes SSO, hardened provisioning/de-provisioning and an escalated authentication (OTP) solution.

Everyone knows that salesforce.com is all about the cloud and SaaS, right? But once you set up your users/ identities in the Force.com platform it can be only used there. If you need to setup another SaaS application then your administrator needs to setup the user base all over again. Even though there are tools available to make this process easier it is still a chore. Imagine if you could have the power to set up the identities and policies once and run forever. If your users have to remember only ONE password then you could enforce the passwords to be very strong. This would not only reduce the security risk (imagine a SaaS application having a weak password… what can be more dangerous than that) but it could also help with eliminating a lot of help desk password reset calls from frustrated users.

One pivotal and unspoken benefit is the  increase in productivity where a user can seamlessly navigate between applications.

Our solution also includes a hardened, proven provisioning/ de-provisioning which takes care of syncing identities across applications and across multiple cloud providers. And there is also a built-in escalated authentication of identity using a second form factor which comes in handy when someone tries to use sensitive applications. Our OTP (One Time Password) solution allows the users to provide the second factor (of what you have in addition to what you know).

If you missed our recent announcement about the beta release at RSA check it out here.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/022712-intel-cloud-sso-256621.html

http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2012/02/27/introducing-cloud-idaas-intel-cloud-sso/

For more details check us out IntelCloudSSO.com

Andy Thurai — Chief Architect & CTO, Application Security and Identity Products, Intel. Andy Thurai is Chief Architect and CTO of Application Security and Identity Products with Intel, where he is responsible for architecting SOA, Cloud, Governance, Security, and Identity solutions for their major corporate customers. In his role he is responsible for helping Intel/McAfee field  and technical teams and customer executives. Prior to this role he has held technology and architecture leadership and executive positions with L-1 Identity Solutions, IBM Datapower, BMC, CSC, and Nortel. His interests and expertise include Cloud, SOA, identity management, security, governance, and SaaS. He holds a degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering and has over 20+ years of IT experience.

 

 

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