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Friday, 26 February 2016 11:36

Ping Identity releases new features to its Federated Access Management solution

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New additions in Ping access-management solution add flexibility for those wanting to move their legacy applications to the web and a new sophisticated contextual sign-on   

Identity Defined Security business Ping, announced updates to its Federated Access Management technology. Designed to displace legacy Identity and Access Management infrastructures, this latest release includes new features as well as enhancements to single sign-on, multi-factor authentication and access security technologies. 

The new features in Federated Access Management technology – it’s solution for secure, real-time authentication and access management across applications and devices - include elastic scalability and contextual multi-factor authentication, and a new API.

New elastic scalability features are designed to cope with businesses that need to move their current applications out from behind the firewall and on to IaaS and public cloud services such as Amazon Web Services and OpenStack environments. And need to have secure access capabilities, including single sign-on and web access management. The new features will dynamically grow and shrink environments based on IT rules, allowing organisations to ensure availability of services while controlling costs.

The new contextual features allow enterprises to make security decisions based on how and when users need to access applications and services, regardless of the device used. For example, an administrator might choose to require two-factor authentication for users accessing applications from outside their network, from public wifi or after hours if coming in from an unmanaged device.

In addition to the new authentication policy capabilities, Ping Identity also is releasing an API that allows organisations to integrate Ping Multi-Factor Authentication directly into the authentication flow of their web and mobile applications to easily improve security.

Changes to the current core Ping Identity’s Federated Access Management solution include:

●     Multi-Factor Authentication: Smartly authenticates users while providing a great user experience, leveraging any mobile device, and a growing number of device authentication capabilities such as TouchID and geolocation

●     Single Sign-On (SSO): Eliminates passwords and extends existing corporate login to enable secure single sign-on to any application (e.g. internal, private and public cloud) from any device

●     Access Security (Access): Authorises access to only the web, mobile and API resources users need

Unlike competing solutions, Ping Identity provides maximum enterprise flexibility without sacrificing usability. By analysing constant streams of contextual data, split-second decisions can be made about user identities and permissions -- further enhanced with mobile-based strong authentication.

Ping Identity also has added management improvements for enterprises to quickly onboard new partners and reduce partner identity administration. Now an automated, cloud-based process, local and partner certificates will update before they expire and notify administrators of changes to partner connections (e.g. new / changed attributes) that could impact service availability.

“Demand for secure access across the entire digital enterprise will only rise in the years ahead,” said Andre Durand, CEO and founder, Ping Identity. “Increasingly, identity and access management helps companies realise the benefits cloud has to offer, including enhanced security and better user experiences. With the Ping Identity Platform, we aim to help our customers make the leap to digital transformation quickly, without sacrificing security.”

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