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Why Unified Identity Management

One single login for users. One unified identity infrastructure for IT


Unified Identity Management Overview

Unified identity management let you centrally manage identities across data center, cloud and mobile to optimize cost, agility and security. Unified identity management include integrated authentication, access control, privilege management, policy enforcement and compliance. The net result is one single login for users and one seamless identity infrastructure for IT.


Today, organizations of all sizes are adopting mobile devices and cloud-based applications (Software-as-a-Service, aka "SaaS") in order to reduce costs, shorten time to market, and further business agility and productivity across their distributed workforce. The net effect is that a significant amount of an organization's IT resources are increasingly located outside an organization's data centers and network. Analysts often call this trend "the disappearing perimeter" or the "re-perimeterization of IT."

In addition, there is a growing trend of end users' devices not actually being owned by their employers but by the users themselves. This is typically known as the "Bring Your Own Device" phenomena, or BYOD. Furthermore, the growth of multi-tenanted SaaS platforms means that more and more back-end applications accessed by users are increasingly not owned or licensed by the IT organization but are rented on a subscription basis by the user's department or, in the case of file-sharing sites, by the end-users themselves. The end result of this rapid adoption of cloud and mobile platforms is that more IT resources are not only physically moving outside the firewall but they are also outside the visibility, management and even ownership of the IT organization.

One single login for users and one unified identity infrastructure for IT.

Regardless of where the devices and applications reside, and who owns them, IT organizations still require controls over these resources that are accessing and/or storing corporate data consistent with security and compliance best practices. One key aspect of these controls is that IT organization must manage users' digital identities and the corresponding roles and rights those identities have across mobile devices, servers and applications — that is, IT must still manage who can access what business systems, even though they no longer own the endpoints or back-end resources.

Managing identity is hard to do in a traditional data center comprised of heterogeneous systems and applications. Throw into this mix the additional identity silos introduced with new cloud and mobile platforms, and it becomes even more difficult to ensure that critical IT compliance and security tasks such as de-provisioning user access, running compliance reports and managing privileged user access are easily and fully implemented.

Another significant challenge arising from the adoption of cloud and mobile platforms is the increasing burden on end-users to keep up with all the URLs and passwords they need to remember to do their jobs. Having a plethora of logins with differing password strengths, the frequent re-use of passwords, etc., clearly leads to security and risk issues. Having additional logins also leads to additional burdens (and costs) on the helpdesk regarding lost or forgotten passwords. At the same time, end-users are making demands for ease-of-use and self-service to applications from their preferred computers, tablets and smartphones that may stretch what IT can deliver.

Current State of Enterprise Identity

Clearly identity sits at the intersection of cloud, mobile and each organization's compliance and risk requirements. Thus one of the biggest challenges for any organization is: how can they manage their users' identities to optimize user productivity, IT efficiency and compliance across data center, cloud and mobile?

Centrify sees this significant challenge as one that can in fact be addressed in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner where IT organizations can truly do more with less. We solve this challenge by delivering a set of unified identity management that centrally manage identities across data center, cloud and mobile to optimize cost, agility and security. Our identity services include integrated authentication, access control, privilege management, policy enforcement and compliance. This results in one single login for users and one seamless identity infrastructure for IT.

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Key to Centrify comprehensively addressing this fundamental challenge is our approach of letting organizations leverage an existing identity infrastructure they already own — Microsoft Active Directory — to centrally manage identities across on-premise and cloud resources as well as mobile devices. This means IT does not have to sacrifice control of corporate identities and can leverage existing technology, skillsets and processes already established to take advantage of innovations occurring outside the perimeter while also enabling productivity and secure access for their user-centric mobile workforce. With more than 4,500 customers, including small businesses to the largest enterprise organizations, Centrify is a proven solution deployed on millions of server, application and mobile device resources.

We encourage you to check out Centrify's unified identity management across data center, cloud and mobile for yourself. You will love the results — one single login for users and one unified identity infrastructure for IT.