November 8th, 2011 | John Havers | Posted in: Identity Management, Mac, UNIX and AD

Windows and UNIX sorted with Centrify

I'm very pleased to announce our new partnership with Centrify, a market innovator which has brought absolutely best in class Identity Management to Windows, UNIX and Mac. Under Centrify, our Customers' Windows Administrators will gain extended reach to manage over 120 flavours of UNIX from a single tool. FPG is trained up, and we're pleased to say we're performing our first deployment in the region. We'll be doing some roadshows in November to celebrate the new relationship, so please contact the office if you'd like to learn more about Centrify.  A copy of today's press release follows:

First Point Global Signs Consulting and Reseller Partnership

with Centrify Corporation


- Complements & Strengthens First Point Global’s best-of-breed IAM solution set -


- Leverages Active Directory for centralised management of user access control

for better security and compliance -

Brisbane, 8 November 2011 - First Point Global, the identity and access management solutions company, today announced it has entered into a partnership with Centrify Corporation, the leader in securing and auditing access to cross-platform systems and applications through Microsoft Active Directory. Under the terms of the agreement, First Point Global will provide Centrify solutions, support, and related professional services to organisations looking to enhance their data centre security by centralising access control and privilege management for all their non-Windows servers and desktops within Active Directory on premise and in the cloud.

Centrify enables organisations to reduce IT expenses, strengthen security and enhance regulatory compliance. By leveraging Active Directory and the Centrify Suite, organisations get a cost-effective solution for authentication, access control, role-based privilege management, user level auditing, and server protection for more than 300 operating systems.

Jan Zeilinga, chief technology officer and co-founder of First Point Global said, “The Centrify Suite extends solid identity management practices to the OS platform and applications – solving a number of important platform and application authentication, access and audit issues. Under Centrify, customers can now integrate their UNIX, Linux and Mac OS X users into a comprehensive, centrally managed environment; a massive win for operations and security.

“Our partnership with Centrify reaffirms First Point Global’s best of breed market approach which offers customers smarter next-generation technologies,” Zeilinga continued. “We are committed to enabling our customers to achieve international standards of good practice, compliance, and risk management - ensuring corporate data centres are secure and compliant is central to this mission.”

Matt Ramsay, Centrify’s Regional Director for Asia Pacific based in Australia, said, “We welcome First Point Global to the growing Centrify APAC team. FPG strengthens and broadens our professional services coverage in the region with qualified and experienced IdM engineers. Their track record within existing enterprises and their reach to new customers has already uncovered some mutually beneficial enterprise opportunities for Centrify.”

Regulatory compliance requirements such as PCI and Sarbanes-Oxley, as well as security best practices, dictate that organisations limit access to business-critical systems only to named users whose job role requires it. They must also audit and report on actions taken by those users. In cross-platform environments, establishing accountability by linking privileges and actions to named users can be a complex task. Though Active Directory provides a central repository for Windows user accounts, privileges to UNIX and Linux systems may reside in multiple identity silos, or they may be managed locally system by system. Centrify addresses these IT security and compliance requirements with a comprehensive solution that uses Active Directory to centralise authentication, administration, access control, authorisation and auditing of non-Microsoft systems and applications - whether physical or virtual, on-premise or cloud-based.

About the Centrify Suite

The Centrify Suite lets organisations centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems and applications by leveraging an infrastructure they already own — Microsoft Active Directory.  Built on an integrated architecture, the Centrify Suite strengthens security, enhances regulatory compliance initiatives, and reduces IT expense and complexity.  The Centrify Suite — consisting of DirectControl DirectAuthorize, DirectAudit , DirectSecure  and DirectManage  — delivers secure authentication and single sign-on, role-based access control, privileged identity management, user-level auditing for Windows and UNIX systems, server isolation, and encryption of data-in-motion for the industry’s broadest set of heterogeneous systems and applications.

About First Point Global

First Point Global is a leading identity and access management (IAM) solutions provider. Its philosophy is based on an open systems approach to IAM, enabling customers to adopt class-leading components, and achieve rapid deployment without the proprietary lock-ins associated with homogenous vendor suites. Its customers include major banking, insurance, telecommunications, media, retail, education and government organisations in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Visit www.firstpointglobal.com to learn more.

About Centrify

Centrify delivers integrated software solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems and applications by leveraging the infrastructure organisations already own - Microsoft Active Directory. From the data centre and into the cloud, more than 3,500 organisations, including 40 percent of the Fortune 50, rely on Centrify's identity consolidation and privilege management solutions to reduce IT expenses, strengthen security and meet compliance requirements. For more information about Centrify and its solutions visit www.centrify.com

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