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Zurich, Switzerland, July 2009– FinallySecure, a division of SECUDE AG officially releases a new version of its Enterprise Single Sign-On software (eSSO). The new version which is part of SECUDE’s Unified Single Sign-On solution provides better protection, higher user convenience and improved cost effectiveness for businesses. Version 7.0 of Secure SignOn furnishes with enhanced support for Web, Windows, Java and Terminal applications as well as a brand new learning wizard for maximum user convenience and ease of administration. Combining a username with a password (single-factor authentication) is still the most common method of user authentication for businesses. Although it is no longer suitable to withstand the sophisticated attacks from external hackers nor to fulfill the stringent security requirements for sensitive company data - many businesses are reluctant... (more)

Data Cleanliness

Whether working on user provisioning, password management, compliance, directory virtualization or meta-directory projects, the first step has always been about checking the data and making sure that it is clean. What constitutes clean data, and how do we get it that way? This is almost certainly the most important question that should be addressed when considering an Identity Management project. When considering User Provisioning project, there are a few basic things to consider: Is the data authoritative? It’s important that the data going into the provisioning solution comes f... (more)

Identity up in the Cloud

This was a topic that I thought I would really be getting into during 2010, but somehow the Cloud never really seemed to become the story.  On the whole, I think there were more discussions regarding the definition of Identity and the Federation of those identities between systems.  However there's still be some discussion of what the "cloud" actually is and how it should function in various disciplines, including Identity Management. I thought that David Kearns recent article on Avoiding "cloud anguish" an interesting point that I would also like to comment on. "...the “year of” ... (more)

Exchange 2010 Provisioning

A long time ago when I first started working with MaXware Identity Center, I had to pass a hands-on test to demonstrate my proficiency with Identity Center and Virtual Directory. The part of this whole exam that scared me the most was provisioning to Microsoft Exchange.  Long story short, I aced the exam and successfully provisioned to all of my target systems including Exchange. Recently I was asked to set up provisioning to Microsoft Exchange 2010 specifically via PowerShell. So I got to earn a little education along the way. To start with there are a few pre-requisites that ... (more)

Calling all Dispatchers

There are two items of general NetWeaver Identity Managementmaintenance that I get asked about frequently.How do you prevent deadlocks    What is the best way to configure my dispatchersin IDM?All too often these issues are actually related asinefficient dispatcher setup can cause database deadlocks. In this blog entryI’d like to recommend some possible architecture scenarios that will help outwith this. For the purposes of this discussion, we’ll be talking about aNetWeaver IDM 7.1 installation on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. According to Microsoft:A deadlock occurs when two or ... (more)