Centrify Corporation, the leading provider of security and compliance solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems and applications using Active Directory, today announced the general availability of Centrify Express 2012, the latest release of its free solution that has been acquired by more than 100,000 IT professionals and users in the past twelve months alone. Centrify Express 2012 is a comprehensive suite of five, free Active Directory-based integration solutions that deliver authentication, single sign-on, remote access, file-sharing, and reporting capabilities for cross-platform systems deployed on-premise or in the cloud. The new features in Express 2012 empower users to easily centralize identities to cross-platform systems and enable single sign on for the broadest set of platforms and applications.
Express 2012 includes Centrify Insight™ 1.1, a unique application powered by Splunk delivering out-of-the-box dashboards, reports and analysis for UNIX and Linux users’ identity, authentication and authorization data. Centrify Insight 1.1 specifically adds the ability to monitor and report on•NIX user login activity for Active Directory and local users, successful/failed login attempts, and login methods including SSH, telnet and su (switched user). This system access intelligence ensures that only authorized personnel are accessing critical business systems on-premises and in cloud environments. The Insight application works with either of Splunk’s free or enterprise versions and is available for download via Splunkbase.
“We are very pleased with the tremendous response and adoption we have seen of Centrify Express since it launched 12 months ago,” said Corey Williams, Director of Product Management for Centrify. “With the most free Active Directory integration and UNIX/Linux management tools, and the industry’s best reviewed and most broadly adopted free Active Directory integration products, Centrify Express customers are now more compliant, productive and secure than ever. The next 12 months will bring even more free capabilities and upgrade options that will delight customers.”
Other new functionalities now available in Centrify Express 2012 include:
• DirectManage Express 2012 automates the discovery of systems, assesses their readiness to join Active Directory, and streamlines the deployment and integration with Active Directory. Serving as the central management point, the solution now adds the ability to upgrade and update Centrify managed servers to the latest release of Centrify Express, or to the full Centrify Suite. For organizations deploying and managing dozens, hundreds, or thousands of servers, this automated deployment and upgrade feature reduces administration and operations costs. DirectManage enables administrators to centrally manage local accounts and groups on Linux, UNIX and Mac systems whether or not those systems have been joined to Active Directory. Administrators can also create, edit or delete local accounts and groups on a single system or a group of systems.
• DirectControl Express 2012 adds new support for HPUX 11.31, AIX 7.1 and more than 25 additional platforms to its current broad UNIX, Linux and Mac support. Using Centrify’s CloudTools, automated Active Directory join capabilities continue in DirectControl Express 2012 to enable deployment of DirectControl Express in the cloud.
• Centrify Express 2012 has updated its pre-configured versions of OpenSSH to the latest release OpenSSH 5.9p1 for secure, remote access and file-sharing in an Active Directory environment. Centrify-enabled OpenSSH is not required, but provided as an option for customers and guarantees support for GSS Key Exchange on all platforms to establish trust between hosts (a feature which is not part of the standard OpenSSH distribution) and allows users to have the most current and consistent version of OpenSSH across their various deployed Linux platforms.
• Centrify Express 2012 is available from Canonical through the Ubuntu Software Partner Repository. By using Express 2012, IT professionals can quickly and easily integrate Ubuntu 11.10 servers and desktops into Active Directory for centralized authentication and single sign-on. Canonical has also certified Centrify Express to meet Ubuntu’s ease-of-use and performance standards.
Centrify Express 2012 is free, available now and can be downloaded at Centrify Express Download. Centrify Express is a subset of the capabilities provided by the Centrify Suite 2012 that layers on additional capabilities such as role-based access control, privileged identity management, user-level auditing, server isolation and encryption of data-in-motion.
About Centrify Express
Centrify Express is a comprehensive suite of five, free Active Directory-based integration solutions providing authentication, single sign-on, remote access, file-sharing, and reporting for cross-platform systems deployed on-premise or in the cloud. Compared to other free offerings, Centrify Express includes significantly more functionality to quickly and easily integrate UNIX, Linux and Mac systems into a Windows environment and offers more advanced enterprise features to upgrade to. Centrify Express comprises: DirectControl Express for Active Directory-based authentication and single sign-on; DirectManage Express for centrally discovering and managing non-Windows systems, deploying Centrify software, and administering local Linux accounts; Centrify-enabled versions of OpenSSH, PuTTY and Samba for optimized remote access and file-sharing leveraging Active Directory; Centrify Insight™, a Splunk-based application for integrating identity and access management (IAM) with security information and event management (SIEM), as well as providing operational intelligence regarding cross-platform systems; and Centrify Cloud Tools for securing Linux systems deployed in the cloud.
Centrify (centrify.com) delivers integrated software solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems and applications by leveraging the infrastructure organizations already own — Microsoft Active Directory. From the data center and into the cloud, more than 3,500 organizations, including 40 percent of the Fortune 50, rely on Centrify’s identity consolidation and privilege management solutions to reduce IT expenses, strengthen security and meet compliance requirements. For more information about Centrify and its solutions, call +1 (408) 542-7500 or visit the website.
Centrify, DirectAudit, DirectControl and DirectSecure are registered trademarks and DirectAuthorize and DirectManage are trademarks of Centrify Corporation in the United States and other countries.