Did you know that ten months ago, Quest released a new web authentication, single sign-on (SSO) and identity federation solution? It’s true! The product is called One Identity Cloud Access Manager, and the current release is version 7.1.

Cloud Access Manager is a solution that enables end users to authenticate one time, then subsequently get secure, instant access to all of your organization’s web based applications.

  • Authenticate once: Authenticating users to Active Directory and LDAP v3 directories, with methods including Integrated Windows Authentication, forms authentication, x.509 client certificates, plus RADIUS support for optional multifactor authentication.
  • Secure, instant access: Employ role policies to limit access only to appropriate applications, or sections/subsets of applications. A self-service Application Catalog offers way for users to request access to new applications, as well as just-in-time cloud provisioning of popular SaaS applications including Google Apps, Office 365, Salesforce.com and ServiceNow. Both on-premise and cloud-based applications are accessible from anywhere with internet access – at the office, at the coffee shop, etc.
  • All your web applications: Connect authorized users to SaaS applications and using identity federation technology, homegrown applications using secure HTTP headers, or legacy commercial applications using credential vaulting/injection technology. An Application Portal provides end users a launching pad for their available apps.

Cloud Access Manager is a versatile tool, providing SSO to modern and legacy web applications through an easy to use web interface. While the benefits to end users (SSO) and IT administrators (reduced helpdesk calls) might be obvious, security professionals also benefit from Cloud Access Manager’s extensive auditing and reporting capabilities, which records all end user and administrative actions.

Cloud Access Manager is advancing rapidly – recent releases includes new features like:

  • vWorkspace integration: Access web and virtualized rich client applications on a single console
  • Step-up authentication: Require multifactor authentication for certain applications, or roles in an application
  • New Application Templates: Streamlined SSO setup templates for Dropbox and the Citrix GoTo properties.

In the coming months, I’ll be blogging about some of the ways Cloud Access Manager can help organizations like yours improve end user and IT efficiency while strengthening security. If there are any specific topics you’d like to hear about, post them here and I'll check periodically to see the feedback.

In the meantime, feel free to try it yourself! A 30-day unlimited-use trial version of Cloud Access Manager can be downloaded here. For a quick setup, I suggest trying the “Proof of Concept” install option, which puts all the components on a single Windows Server instance.

Thanks for reading!


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