Enables Companies to Take Advantage of SAML to Facilitate
Secure Online Partnerships
Netegrity, Inc. (Nasdaq: NETE), a leading provider of identity and access
management solutions, today announced the availability of NetegrityÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â®:
SiteMinderÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® 6.0, the CompanyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s market leading Web access management solution.
Netegrity SiteMinder 6.0 provides enhanced federated security capabilities that
enable organizations to leverage open standards to securely exchange user
identities and entitlements across partner sites. Netegrity SiteMinder 6.0 also
expands on its long standing leadership in scalability and manageability with
new features that enable organizations to more easily manage their complex
environments and support their rapidly growing user populations.
Federation has become a key business initiative aimed at facilitating online
partnerships that provide users with enhanced services while providing a
seamless user experience across partner sites. The federated security
capabilities within Netegrity SiteMinder are being used by many organizations
today in a variety of applications for employees, such as outsourced services
like 401K and healthcare management, customers, such as integrated service
offerings across partners, and partners, such as value chain applications.
Standards help to lower the barriers of interoperability with partners. With
SiteMinder 6.0 Netegrity is expanding its long standing commitment to supporting
open standards by providing enhanced SAML support. Netegrity SiteMinder 6.0
provides a flexible federation model that enables SiteMinder customers to both
consume and produce SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) assertions. In
addition, for partners that may not be SAML enabled, SiteMinder also offers the
SAML Affiliate Agent. This software component enables an organization to quickly
bring partners into a SAML enabled collaboration.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œMany of our clients have important strategic initiatives in 2004 that are
focused on enabling deeper collaboration with their external constituencies such
as customers and partners. It is critical to these initiatives that their
respective IT and security infrastructures readily enable this. Identity and
access management systems, such as NetegrityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s, play a central role in these
efforts and thus the expansion of the federated security capabilities within
Netegrity SiteMinder is a very important step,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Mark Doll, Americas
Director of Digital Security Services for Ernst & Young.
In addition to enhanced SAML support, Netegrity SiteMinder 6.0 also includes the
following new enhancements:
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ Improved performance, scalability, manageability, and availability features
in SiteMinder 6.0 enable Netegrity to continue to support the industryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s
largest and most demanding deployments. New features in SiteMinder 6.0 include
enhanced failover capabilities, dynamic load balancing, and advanced
According to META Group, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIn Web SSO, scalability and reliability are the
newest benchmarks of true leadership.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ Impersonation support in Netegrity SiteMinder 6.0 provides the ability to
allow specific users to use the entitlements of another user without sharing
passwords. Now, for example, a customer service representative can use the
entitlements of a customer to change something in their account. This enables
companies to audit that in fact it was the customer service rep that made the
change and not the customer, which is particularly important for complying with
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢ Netegrity continues to expand its support for heterogeneous environments and
with SiteMinder 6.0 Netegrity is broadening its support for the Microsoft
platform to include WindowsÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® 2003, Active DirectoryÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® 2003, and MicrosoftÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® IIS
Web Server 6.0.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œNetegrity has long set the standard for meeting the complex needs of the
largest organizations with a scalable infrastructure that supports open
standards and new/evolving business models,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Bill Bartow, Vice President
of Engineering at Netegrity. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œCompanies are naturally linking their identity
management and federated security strategies and NetegrityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s comprehensive
platform enables customers to leverage the same shared security infrastructure
across both browser-based and Web services-based federated applications.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Netegrity will be hosting a series of free Web seminars on February 5th and 12th
to discuss federation in more detail. The seminars will feature speakers from
Burton Group, Phaos, and Sigaba. To register, go to Netegrity
Netegrity SiteMinder 6.0 is available immediately from Netegrity.
Netegrity, Inc. is a leading provider of security software solutions that
securely manage identities and their access to enterprise information assets,
letting business in while keeping risk out. Netegrity provides a comprehensive
identity and access management product line for continuously evolving computing
environments, including legacy, Web, and service-oriented architectures.
NetegrityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s flexible, standards-based offerings increase security, reduce
administrative costs and enable revenue enhancement. Supported by a network of
over 1200 trained integration consultants and 200 technology partners, Netegrity
solutions are licensed to more than 300 million users at nearly 800
organizations worldwide, including more than half of the Fortune 100. For more
information, visit http://www.netegrity.com.