v3.5 of the OpenIAM Identity and Access Governance Suite Gets Rolled Out

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Cortlandt Manor, NY: OpenIAM announces version 3.5 of the Identity and Access Governance solution. The new release improves upon the previous version by offering better performance and scalability, improved flexibility, and better tools for operational support.

Some of the new features and improvements include:

  • Improved Role Based Access Control Model: Customers may need to run two versions of an application in parallel. Data Model Versioning ensures that changes in one version are not rolled out to users of another version, and allows customers to have fine-tuned control over the process.
  • Distributed Connector Architecture: This change in connector architecture allows for far greater performance, scalability and options for cloud and on-premise deployments.
  • User Management: Better operational tools that simplify tasks such as renaming of users (in the event of changes in marital status, for example), as well as expanded UI support for logging/resending of emails.
  • Message Queue Management: Operational tools that allow administrators to have greater visibility into the OpenIAM message queue where they can see the number of messages in progress, success/failures, and the option to retry fail messages.

A full list of the new features to look forward to in version 3.5 can be found on our wiki.

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Managing Active Directory and Office365 through OpenIAM

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Many of our Identity Management customers have a Microsoft Environment which consists of Microsoft Active Directory and complementary components such as Microsoft Exchange, Lync, SQL server, etc. Many of these customers have, or are in the process of adopting Microsoft’s Office 365 platform (O365). Adopting O365 allows companies to move some of the components to the cloud.

Microsoft provides a technology called DirSync (which is currently being replaced by Azure Connect), which allows you to sync accounts in AD to the cloud platform so that users have a single identity between the cloud and on-premise world.

By itself this functionality does not go far enough to address the needs of larger customers who need to manage thousands of users, integrate various other technologies and conform to corporate policies. Some of the challenges are listed below. You will find that some of these issues may not be relevant to your environment as this will depend on the components of the Microsoft stack which are being used and how the synchronization between AD and O365 has been enabled.

For new users (Joiners) and existing users, consider:

  • Activesync accounts from on-premise AD to O365 Tenant
  • Mailbox
    • Does the user get an on-premise mailbox or one in the cloud?
    • If on-premise, do we still want to synch to the cloud as a backup mailbox?
    • Being able to switch existing users from on-premise to cloud
    • Resource mailboxes (Room, Equipment, etc) on-premise or in the cloud
    • Creating a secondary mailbox in the cloud for users who may have a primary mailbox on-premise
    • Show in Global Address List (GAL) or not?
  • On-premise home folder vs OneDrive for Business or both
  • Office365 Subscription Management
    • If you pick an E3 subscription, should you be entitled to all the functionality in an E3 subscription?
    • Are there other O365 services like CRM Online which are available to some users?
  • Mobile Device Management - On-premise vs Intune (Cloud)

To enable deprovisioning users (Leavers), consider:

  • Disabling the account in Active Directory
  • If on-premise mailbox, then disable the mailbox per polices
  • If it’s a cloud mail then set cloud-related policies such as the retention period
  • Disabling from the GAL

If this process is not governed by a flexible automated solution, then the administrative overhead must also be factored in which will be both time consuming and potentially error prone.

The rest of this article describes how the OpenIAM Identity manager was used to address these challenges at a large customer. In this case, the organization:

  • Has users which are geographically distributed
  • Was moving from exchange online to O365, but both environments had to be supported
  • Needed to support both automated provisioning and deprovisioning from a source system to manage users from the UI

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OpenIAM’s Self-Service Portal Strengthens Security and Increases Productivity

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CORTLANDT MANOR, NY JUNE 21, 2016: OpenIAM, a top Open Source Identity and Access Management vendor, has bolstered security at organizations while increasing employee productivity through its automated Self-Service Portal. In lieu of calls to the help desk due to forgotten passwords, which often results in long periods of downtime, users can quickly and securely reset their login credentials and resume being operational.

Employees have numerous options that are fast, secure and convenient when it comes to resetting their passwords through the OpenIAM Self-Service Portal. For instance, there are challenge response questions that can be customized so that users can reset their credentials by providing answers only they would know. Additionally, employees can create a new password using a One Time Token that is securely sent to their mobile device. All of this translates into no downtime due to forgotten passwords.

“There is an increased security risk during the call to the help desk as the agent assisting the user may not adequately screen the user before changing their password. This leaves valuable company resources potentially open to attack. OpenIAM’s fully automated Self Service portal reduces this risk,” said Ameet Shah, Chief Marketing Officer of OpenIAM.

OpenIAM offers one of the most comprehensive Self Service portals currently available that allows you to reset your password securely and quickly. Downtime due to forgotten passwords is eliminated and productivity is resumed. This feature provides the following capabilities:

  • Web-based challenge-response using security questions
  • One Time Token via SMS/Text to reset a password in case the user forgot their questions
  • Windows credential provider to unlock a user’s account in case they locked themselves out of their windows desktop
  • Self Service change password functionality
  • Active Directory password filter that allows users to change their password in Windows and have it synched back to IDM

The Self Service portal is one of the many features of the OpenIAM Identity and Access Governance platform that is in use in deployments around the globe.

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OpenIAM Collaborates with Red Hat to Deliver its Identity and Access Management Suite on the AWS Marketplace

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Cortlandt Manor, NY, October 5, 2015: OpenIAM, a provider of Open Source Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, is collaborating with Red Hat to make its IAM suite available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) on the Amazon Web Service (AWS) Marketplace. The AMI uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

“OpenIAM is pleased to be included in the AWS Marketplace supporting our IAM stack with Red Hat Enterprise Linux,” said Arun Shah, CEO at OpenIAM. “The AWS marketplace allows customers to be up and running with OpenIAM in minutes and allows the solution to scale to support large deployments. This offering will be part of a managed service, allowing customers to focus on their business and let OpenIAM support their IAM infrastructure.”

“Red Hat is deeply committed to building a robust ecosystem of supported software for the cloud with our partners. The OpenIAM stack, based on open standards and supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux in the cloud, delivers flexibility for customers looking for a fully supportable cloud-based identity infrastructure. We are pleased to include them as part of our software partner ecosystem,” said Mike Werner, Senior Director, Global Technology Partner Programs, Red Hat.

The OpenIAM solution suite offers customers the following functionality:

  • Strong Authentication and Flexible Authorization engine
  • Self Service portal for end users to manage their own profile, applications/programs request approval, and change password
  • Forgot Password management
  • Single Sign-On to cloud and on-premise applications
  • Automated Provisioning and De-provisioning
  • Access Review and Certification
  • Audit and Compliance

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OpenIAM Announces a Distributor Partnership with Chuanhow Technologies for Asian markets

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Cortlandt Manor, NY (PRWEB) April 23, 2015:

OpenIAM, a leading provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, has formed a business alliance with Chuanhow Technologies. The purpose of the alliance is to offer companies in Asia a mature, full-featured yet economical Identity and Access Management solution.

“We see strong potential for the OpenIAM solution in the Asian markets,” said Ameet Shah, OpenIAM VP of Marketing. “Companies are increasingly interested in the cost savings offered through automation as well as improved security and governance.”

OpenIAM offers a comprehensive unified solution that is significantly easier to deploy and configure. It has been designed to co-exist in a heterogeneous environment where organizations may have a blend of cloud and on-premise solutions. As part of this alliance, Chuanhow will help develop the partner network in Asia to distribute, implement and support the OpenIAM solution.

“We are very pleased to partner with OpenAM,” said Junhao Chen, CEO of Chuanhow. “Because many companies have begun to import cloud solutions, identity security will play an important role. OpenIAM information security products have won several awards. We see tremendous growth opportunities in our existing business.”

Current IAM offerings available in Asia are expensive, highly complex and difficult to deploy. Many of these solution providers have been slow to innovate and adapt to the changing needs resulting from cloud and mobile computing. This has limited the number of options available to companies looking to incorporate Identity and Access Management.

The OpenIAM solution suite offers customers the following functionality:

  • Authentication and Authorization
  • Selfservice portal for end users to manage their own profile, request approval, and change password
  • Forgot password management
  • Single sign-on to cloud and on-premise applications
  • Automated Provisioning and De-provisioning
  • Access review and certification
  • Audit and compliance
  • One Time Password (OTP)

End customers will gain the following benefits:

  • Operational efficiency: Automated account provisioning and de-provisioning significantly reduces the burden on IT staff.
  • Improved end user productivity: Single sign-on and self-service saves end-users time by not having to repeatedly login and improve security
  • Improved audit and compliance: Fine-grained audit allows customers to see how to do what and when and meet regulatory mandates.

About OpenIAM, LLC
Founded in 2008, OpenIAM is a comprehensive Identity and Access Management infrastructure that provides a strong security foundation to provision users and authenticate and authorize access to enterprise systems. The OpenIAM product suite has been built from the ground up to provide a cost effective, easy to use IAM solution without the issues found in offerings that have grown largely through acquisitions and legacy systems. The company’s products are being used by mid to large organizations in a variety of industries including: Government, financial services, telecommunications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, publishing, and retail. The OpenIAM ecosystem also includes systems integrator partners in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Visit us at:
https://www.openiam.com
https://twitter.com/openiam
https://www.facebook.com/openiam
https://www.linkedin.com/company/openiam-llc

About Chuanhow Technologies
Chuanhow Technologies is a specialist in cloud computing/big data, software defined networking, network security, data analysis, data loss prevention, application delivery management, business continuity, enterprise software, e-commerce, mobile computing, asset management, social media and an innovation strategy for next generation products. Chuanhow helps vendors in the IT market develop a profitable business, provide a distinctive pathway for development, a new way of thinking to help reseller partners and enterprise customers reduce costs, optimize operations, improve efficiency, and build a profitable portfolio. Partner Website: http://www.chuanhow.com

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OpenIAM Announces Partnership with Certant

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Cortlandt Manor, NY (PRWEB) April 07, 2015: OpenIAM, a provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, has formed a business alliance with Certant, a company based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The purpose of the alliance is to deliver a full-featured, high quality, yet economical IAM solution to organizations in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia and Peru.

“There is a need for the OpenIAM solution in the Latin American market,” said Ameet Shah, OpenIAM VP of Marketing. “Companies are increasingly interested in the benefits of automation as well as improved governance and compliance with regulatory mandates.”

OpenIAM offers a comprehensive unified solution that is significantly easier to deploy and configure. It has been designed to co-exist in a heterogeneous environment where organizations may have a blend of cloud and on-premise solutions.

"Certant has found in OpenIAM a high quality, world-class and easy to implement Identity Management and Governance suite," says Jonás Pfefferman, Director at Certant. "Its architecture, support and features provide our customers with the right solution with affordable subscriptions. Also OpenIAM’s roadmap and vision gives to the companies that are currently acquiring OpenIAM a solution with a long term vision focused in identity management and governance’s needs."

The OpenIAM solution suite offers customers the following functionality:

  • Authentication and Authorization
  • Self service portal for end users to manage their own profile, aplications/programs request approval, and change password
  • Forgot password management
  • Single sign-on to cloud and on-premise applications
  • Automated Provisioning and De-provisioning
  • Access review and certification
  • Audit and compliance

About OpenIAM, LLC:
Founded in 2008, OpenIAM is a comprehensive Identity and Access Management infrastructure that provides a strong security foundation to provision users and authenticate and authorize access to enterprise systems. The OpenIAM product suite has been built from the ground up to provide a cost effective, easy to use IAM solution without the issues found in offerings that have grown largely through acquisitions and legacy systems. The company’s products are being used by mid to large organizations in a variety of industries including: Government, financial services, telecommunications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, publishing, and retail. The OpenIAM ecosystem also includes systems integrator partners in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Visit us at:
https://www.openiam.com
https://twitter.com/openiam
https://www.facebook.com/openiam
https://www.linkedin.com/company/openiam-llc

About Certant:
Certant is a professional services consultancy company with HQ in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Founded in 1999, Certant has two main lines of services, Identity Management and Enterprise Software Development, with a special focus on eBanking and mBanking solutions. Certant’s professional services for Identity Management and software development are ISO 9001:2008 certified since 2009.

With strong customer oriented thinking, Certant’s Identity Management expertise began in 2005 and delivered more than 20 successful implementations for customers of varying size, industry, needs and countries in the LATAM region.

The Identity Management business understanding, expertise and skills of the company, along with its methodology and own processes, adds value to customers that need to define their IdM strategy, architecture, achieve goals, build their roadmap, implement a solution and grow it.

For OpenIAM, Certant covers SOLA (South of Latin American) region (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia and Peru) and Brazil under IDM Solutions brand.
Visit us at: http://www.certant.com/

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