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October 19, 2015

Centrify Becomes Newest Member of Cloud Security Alliance

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) operates as a not-for-profit organization that, regarding cloud computing, tries to promote the use of best practices. Led by a number of industry experts and associated corporations, it welcomes new faces that can help spread its message.

Centrify, the developer of identify theft protection software Centrify Identity Platform, recently announced that it has become the CSA’s newest member. That security platform helps secure enterprise data by scanning on-premise, cloud-based, and mobile applications and networks for signs of a breach. It authenticates users through a single sign-on, multi-factor process in order to vet all users and actions that could take place on any network.

Bill Mann, the chief product officer at Centrify, commented about his company’s excitement to participate in CSA activities. It will use its knowledge as a security company to spread the message about how to use individual identity as a method of network security.

“Centrify looks forward to participating in CSA’s initiatives and research, and further contributing to cloud security standards and best practices,” Mann said. “The CSA is a world-class organization that shares our goal of ensuring a secure cloud computing industry and environment. We look forward to collaborating with other service providers, governments, and customers to further the cloud computing industry.”

TMC (News - Alert) has previously discussed the nature of multi-factor authentication. This method of using more than one point of failure, such as a password, and instead utilizing two factors, such as a password and mobile authentication code, can make sure that anyone using a system is supposed to have access to that system. This is one of the most effective and non-invasive methods of assuring network security today. It may take a little extra time for the user to log in, but it provides a necessary barrier to all network systems.

Centrify’s single-login allows users to make up lost time with that double sign-in by allowing a vetted user, from that point forward, handle any applications on the network he or she has permission to use.

The CSA further commented on Centrify’s successful track record of helping enterprises use identity to secure their network perimeters. Centrify’s Identity Platform handles all manner of device and network type, so it makes for a good fit with CSA’s goals. For all invested parties, the combination of their efforts should make headway toward a safer cloud for everyone.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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