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October 11, 2009

AmberPoint unveils new capabilities for identity propagation across multi-platform applications

Claims its new capabilities streamline access control to securely consume business services

By CBR Staff Writer

AmberPoint has unveiled new security integration capabilities for propagating identity across multi-platform composite applications, including components built on SAP NetWeaver.

The company claims that the new capabilities allows organisations to streamline access control, reduce customers time to securely consume business services and enhance the overall security of their heterogeneous applications.

AmberPoint further claims that it allows the system to know who the end user is in a distributed composite application environments by making it easy to centrally authenticate users, unifying multiple access control systems and credential types within a single enforcement point. From this point, company forwards identity onto endpoint applications and services using legacy usernames and passwords, or NetWeaver-compatible SAML tokens.

The company added that it makes composite applications running on SAP NetWeaver more trustworthy through Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) integration and secure authentication.

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It maps credentials from other platforms, such as Windows NTLM, to SAP NetWeaver-compatible SAML tokens; ensures trustworthy transactions for SOA applications spanning multiple security domains; and complements the security framework of SAP NetWeaver in regards to authentication, access control, content filtering and message security.

AmberPoint said that it lowers the total cost of ownership for distributed applications by aggregating access control definitions within a centralised enforcement point. It minimises the impact on development, as developers don’t have to change composite applications or client applications to accommodate changes to access control. In addition, application users no longer need multiple user names and passwords.

The company added that architects and compliance officers benefit from having the same user identity across the entire system, administrators benefit by minimising the number of credentials for each user, and security administrators benefit from consistent enforcement of identity and access rights across heterogeneous environments.

Andrew Brown, director of security product marketing at AmberPoint, said: “Managing identity across distributed applications can be prohibitively difficult. Our new capabilities end the ‘chain of pain’ by making the security hurdle much easier to clear. Our customers will benefit significantly from our new identity propagation capabilities.”

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