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Darmstadt, December 22, 2009 - “I live responsibly on this planet. Whether politicians the world over are concerned or not, I am concerned about global climate change. As this is my children’s planet too, I wish to be proactive. At the modest level of my organization, I have launched a Green IT initiative that will reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by not less than 30%,” says SECUDE’s CEO and Founder, Dr. Heiner Kromer. Going Green The Copenhagen Summit may not have achieved what was hoped for. However, SECUDE, in its own modest way, has taken the initiative to tackle energy consumption effectively. SECUDE maintains two large server facilities: the primary server in Switzerland with over 70 servers plus auxiliary equipment and a second server serving as back up in Germany. Those servers and related hardware as well as necessary air cooling systems require s... (more)

SECUDE’s FinallySecure Enterprise Receives FIPS 140-2 Certification

SECUDE's hybrid full disk encryption solution, FinallySecure Enterprise, has received the FIPS 140-2 Level 1 certification. Commenting on the certification, Michael Kummer, Product Manager, SECUDE IT Security LLC, says, "SECUDE has been providing IT security solutions to large enterprises for more than 12 years. Our customers have always appreciated the quality and level of security SECUDE provides and this certification is a further continuation of that effort". The Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) is a standard that describes US Federal government requ... (more)

Going Fishing for IdM

I think it's a given that Oracle's Identity Manager has been the 600 pound Gorilla in the provisioning space over the last few years.  From what I've been seeing, Microsoft's FIM and a resurgence of SAP Netweaver Identity Management will present a challenge with the new versions that are coming out, but first we need to get past the "Eye" What Eye is this?  Well, it's the FishEye group.  Currently specializing in OIM, this practice features some pretty savvy architects, engineers and old friends.  I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do! ... (more)

SAP TechEd 2012: Day 1

Day 1, all I can really say is Wow! I attended sessions on the latest addition to the SAP's Identity Management line up, some of it's oldest technology and the future of the NetWeaver IDM.  After today's session, my mind is completely blown away. I started the day with two informative sessions on SAP's Single Sign-on Offering based on the technology asset acquisition from SECUDE about 18 months ago. SAP has clearly recognized that information security must begin at the login and proceed from there.  I'm looking forward to learning more about it over the next year or so.  It's a m... (more)

The Importance of the OSS Note

One of the things I've been hearing (and experiencing) lately is that there are a lot of questions about how SAP IDM works.  Sometimes it's a functionality question, sometimes it's an enhancement request, other times it's a bug report. Taking a look on the SAP IDM SDN forum, one can see several instances of all of these issues. However, some feel that the actual issues are never recognized by SAP. This leads to feelings of frustration and that IDM is too complicated. There's actually a pretty simple resolution to this.  When you have a problem, log an OSS note, that's what the... (more)