The Kinkaid School Deploys Centrify to Improve Identity Management, Increase Efficiency and Secure Access for more than 1,000 Mac Users
Houston College Prep School Leverages Centrify to Easily Integrate Macs into Active Directory for Improved Workflow and Centralized Control and Management Based on Identity
April 09, 2014
SANTA CLARA, Calif. —Centrify Corporation, the leader in Unified Identity Services across data center, cloud and mobile, today announced that The Kinkaid School of Houston has deployed Centrify’s User Suite, Mac Edition to better secure, control and manage Mac access for more than 1,000 users.
The Kinkaid School is a non-sectarian college preparatory day school enrolling 1,380 boys and girls in grades prekindergarten through 12th grade. Kinkaid’s students range in age from 4 – 18 years old.
“With Centrify we quickly and easily deployed the solution to more than 800 lab machines in just minutes,” said Joshua Godden, CISSP, IT Manager, The Kinkaid School. “Before Centrify our process took days, so now we can focus on other projects. Centrify’s support team has worked tirelessly with us whenever we had an issue, which wasn’t often.”
Kinkaid had been working with Apple which recommended Centrify. One of the deciding factors was when Godden learned that Centrify integrated with JAMF Software and the Casper Suite. According to Godden, after installing the Centrify management interface and snap-in to the Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) management tool, deployment of the Centrify agent on the Macs using JAMF was a breeze. All school-owned lab machines authenticate and receive their “group policies” through the Windows Active Directory server using the Centrify client. Joining these machines to Active Directory and leveraging Group Policy fit into their existing management environment, simplifying support for Macs, he said.
“We are pleased to be able to work with a top notch education facility such as Kinkaid, and help secure their Mac systems, enhancing their management capabilities in a faster and better manner, all with increased ROI,” said Gary Taggart, Centrify VP of Sales. “Centrify is growing its business significantly in all markets, and K-12 and higher education are top targets for us with the variety of devices in use.”
The Centrify User Suite, Mac Edition allows organizations to easily implement Active Directory-based management for both connected and remote Mac OS X systems, as well as end-users’ Apple iOS and Android mobile devices. Customers standardize on Centrify to simplify management and secure access for their Mac and mobile users with unparalleled Microsoft Active Directory integration and proven deployment architectures, robust smart card support, and integrated mobile security and customer support expertise. With Centrify, IT departments can centrally manage authentication, policy management, Single Sign-on (SSO) and user self-service for all popular endpoint devices using Active Directory. Customers benefit by leveraging their existing identity infrastructure, processes and trained IT staff while reducing costs and improving operational efficiency.
Centrify provides Unified Identity Services across data center, cloud and mobile environments that results in single sign-on (SSO) for users and a simplified identity infrastructure for IT. Centrify’s integrated identity management software and cloud-based Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions reduce costs and increase business agility and security by leveraging an organization’s existing identity infrastructure to enable single sign-on, role-based access control, privileged identity management, auditing and compliance. Centrify customers can typically reduce their total cost of identity management and compliance by more than 50 percent. Centrify is used by more than 5,000 customers worldwide, including approximately half of the Fortune 50 and more than 60 Federal agencies. For more information about Centrify and its solutions, visit www.centrify.com.
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