Centrify Delivers Smart Card Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Enable Secure Desktop Environment for Federal Government Employees
Centrify Equips Civilian and Defense Agencies to Meet Federal Regulatory Requirements Including HSPD-12 Mandate for Both Mac and Linux Systems
September 25, 2012
SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Centrify Corporation, the leading provider of security and compliance solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems, mobile devices and applications, today announced availability of its Centrify Suite 2012 with smart card authentication for Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®. This new smart card support for Red Hat, coupled with Centrify's existing and new Mac OS X smart card support also announced today (see accompanying press release "Centrify Delivers Industry's First Free Solution for Mac OS X Smart Card Support Providing Improved Security for DoD and Federal Employees"), extends Centrify's authentication and access management capabilities to the broadest range of desktops and smart cards in use within government and enterprise organizations.
The new offering from Centrify will help federal organizations meet HSPD-12 for Mac and Linux systems. HSPD-12 calls for a mandatory, government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification issued by the federal government to its employees and to federal contractors' employees. HSPD-12 extends standards to authentication of those employees to secure computing systems.
Centrify's new smart card-based, two-factor authentication coupled with its certified FIPS 140-2 Level 1 encryption on Mac OS X and Red Hat Enterprise Linux allows customers to deliver a secure desktop environment for federal and corporate workers. By integrating Active Directory credentials with smart card authentication and utilizing Group Policy for centralized configuration and management, customers are able to quickly enable end user systems for secure access. Smart card authentication support is provided for all Common Access Card (CAC), CAC Next Generation (CAC NG) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV) smart cards in use today.
"Given the heterogeneous IT environments that exist in federal organizations today, it is challenging to secure user access for a growing number of mobile devices, server systems, and desktop operating systems to meet federal mandates," said Frank Cabri, Centrify vice president of Marketing. "Most government organizations have standardized on Active Directory, and the capability to manage smart card policies associated with authentication and user access centrally using their existing infrastructure and staff helps them achieve HSPD-12 quickly and easily."
Centrify's ongoing commitment to the Federal Government market is demonstrated by its Common Criteria evaluation, as well as by its Certificate of Networthiness (CON) from the U.S. Army NETCOM. Centrify's solution is the industry's only Active Directory bridging product to have entered into the Common Criteria evaluation, and to have achieved both CON and FIPS certifications. Centrify earlier this year was accepted by the Certification Body for the Canadian Common Criteria Evaluation and Certification Scheme into its certification program. In addition, Centrify DirectControl for Mac OS X has also received the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certification for support of Common Access Cards (CAC) Smart Cards and strong authentication.
About the Centrify Suite
Centrify's FIPS-validated solution has broad acceptance throughout Federal, Defense and Civilian agencies for its reliable identity consolidation and privileged access management solutions. The Centrify Suite lets organizations centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems, mobile devices, 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, mobile security 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.
Centrify's latest release, Suite 2012 Update 4, is now available for download. Centrify Suite 2012.4 provides smart card authentication support for Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® versions 5.6 through 6.3 (32- and 64-bit), and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® Desktop versions 5.6 thru 6.3 (32- and 64-bit). Supported smart cards include CAC, CACNG, and PIV. Current customers of the Centrify Suite can log in to the Centrify Online Support Portal to download the latest version, while new users can request a Centrify Suite trial. For more information on Centrify solutions for federal government, visit /federal/overview.asp.
Centrify delivers integrated software and cloud-based solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems, mobile devices and applications by leveraging the infrastructure organizations already own — Microsoft Active Directory. From the data center and into the cloud, more than 4,500 organizations, including 40 percent of the Fortune 50 and more than 60 Federal agencies, 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 (408) 542-7500, or visit http://www.centrify.com/.
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