Sunday, November 6, 2005

Identity Engines Unveils Enterprise ID Management Appliance

Identity Engines, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, introduced enterprise-grade appliance designed to provide centrally-managed network identity management to ensure that only authorized users are granted access to the network and that a user's activities are consistent with their role in the organization.

The appliance uses widely-supported protocols, such as RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service) and 802.1x., and tightly integrates with common identity stores such as Microsoft's Active Directory as well as popular LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) directories from enterprise vendors like Sun Microsystems and Novell. In addition to integrating with all vendor equipment and protocols used in the enterprise network, Ignition addresses challenges IT administrators face in three key areas:

  • Directory Complexity -- Ignition simplifies the management of the many diverse data stores found in today's enterprise by creating a centralized control point. The platform also quickly analyzes user attributes (group membership, roles), session context (time of day, device information), and location to make a fast and accurate policy decision for each user accessing the corporate network, whether the user is an employee, customer, partner, or unregistered guest.

  • Network Complexity -- Ignition manages the security of increasingly sophisticated enterprise networks which include wired, wireless, and remote connectivity, and interoperates with a variety of networking technologies such as switches, routers, wireless access points, WLAN switches, and VPN concentrators.

  • Organizational Complexity -- Ignition offers centralized policy management easing the burden on IT caused by network and security needs associated with reorganizing, hiring, merging, downsizing, and outsourcing. Its centralized policy management enables IT to quickly add, provision and manage a user's access within minutes.

The Ignition Model 3000E appliance is available now with an entry-level price of US$15,000.