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Tools Debut This Week To Boost Compliance

While IT pros have historically had to concern themselves with meeting compliance needs, the rise of hybrid cloud, mobility and the ability to more easily move data have put an increased emphasis on it by organizations. While that's especially the case for those who must meet certain governance guidelines, it's becoming common sense for any business or organization with a stake in maintaining better controls of their information putting the burden on them to ensure against data leakage.

Several suppliers this week have added new compliance and auditing capabilities to their wares in recent weeks, including Centrify, Netwrix and Okta.

The latter, one of the leading identity and access management suppliers, this week announced an update to the Okta Mobility Management tool. The update will give the tool new compliance reporting allowing administrators to view configurations within apps and they can compare them with their policy or identity management systems of record the company said. Administrators can adjust access based on group policies, the company said. Okta also added a new rules engine that simplifies the assigning of users to existing groups based on their memberships and also coming are new workflow capabilities, the company said.

Okta, which held its Oktane15 customer conference in Las Vegas this week, also announced the suite will offer consistent device management for both PCs and Macs, allowing common security policies among all devices. The update also includes an iOS Safari extension that will allow users to log in to their accounts from Safari on their iOS devices.

Netwrix , another provider focused on managing permissions, today launched a new version of its auditing tool. The new Netwrix Auditor 7.1, boasts simplified access to historic audit trails, enabling administrators to determine the root cause of breaches when unauthorized access is suspected. Reporting in the new release is improved to provide account permission audits to show who has access to file shares, storage systems and allowing them to ensure privileges are consistent with their business, the company said. The new release also now generates system health reports and adds support for NetApp Ontap-based storage clusters. It already supported Microsoft, VMware and EMC storage.

Centrify, which also targets compliance with its own identity management suite, added support for five key cloud access security brokers (CASB). The integrations with CloudLock, Elastica, Imperva, Netskope and Skyhigh Networks, aim to provide protection with SaaS apps such as Microsoft's Office 365, Box, Dropbox, Google Apps and Salesforce.com against data leakage by providing data loss prevention.

"Our new CASB partnerships mean that end users benefit from password-free access to SaaS apps, while privileged users and IT benefit from maximum visibility and monitoring of app usage and suspicious behavior to ensure security is not compromised, " said Bill Mann, Centrify's chief product officer, in a statement.

Through the integrations, Centrify said it can provide a common interface to configure SAML-based access tokens for enforcement and inspection purposes and allow for monitoring of privileges and access control.

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 11/06/2015 at 11:12 AM


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