Securent, Inc., the award-winning leader in the Entitlement Management market, today announced that it is first in the industry to deliver an entitlement management solution supporting Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, enabling organizations to deploy SharePoint while meeting security and compliance requirements.
Securent’s new release of its standards-based Entitlement Management Solution (EMS) enables organizations to consistently manage, enforce, and audit access control policies to any SharePoint resource, including documents or document libraries, lists, search queries and web parts. With Securent’s out-of-the-box solution for MOSS 2007, security is logically separated from site content and can be configured and audited by local and remote administrators. Enterprise, department, and individual SharePoint sites and applications now have the delegated fine-grained authorization and centralized visibility that are required to meet enterprises’ security, compliance, and risk management mandates.
Unveiled in Booth No. 355 at Tech·Ed 2007 this week, Securent will demonstrate the security and compliance benefits that entitlement management brings to SharePoint environments.
Companies are challenged today with balancing access to collaboration tools such as SharePoint with the need to safeguard confidential information and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. SharePoint’s native security model, based on the pre-establishment of static permissions applied to individuals or groups, is optimized for personal sites, not enterprise deployments. With SharePoint deployed broadly, enterprises suffer from a number of security and compliance shortfalls. These issues include difficulty in enforcing enterprise-wide policies, especially policies based on dynamic or resource attributes. Costs are also high for manually mapping users or groups to permissions and enforcing access control policies consistently between SharePoint and the rest of the enterprise IT and application infrastructure.
According to Forrester Research’s Kyle McNabb, principal analyst, “Perhaps the biggest concern with SharePoint Server 2007 is its inability to apply policies globally to all the federated SharePoint libraries that exist within an enterprise. Many enterprises have numerous instances of SharePoint sites scattered throughout departments and teams. These sites contain a wide mix of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that can benefit from improved policy management. Microsoft’s policy management support for these assets rests within each individual instance of SharePoint. There’s no easy way for an enterprise to define a global policy for the management of contracts within SharePoint and ensure that each SharePoint library adheres to this policy.”1
With Securent, fine-grained policies can be centrally administered and appropriately delegated to individual site owners, and applied consistently to distributed SharePoint sites. Securent’s EMS agents seamlessly integrate with SharePoint to ensure minimal impact to new or existing deployments. Audits are streamlined using on-demand review functionality and real-time SharePoint user and administrator reports.
“Microsoft’s SharePoint is a powerful collaboration and content management tool designed to help organizations empower their knowledge workers by connecting them to the right information, applications and processes,” said Howard Ting, Securent director of product management. “With Securent, SharePoint deployments can be used for dynamic and ad-hoc collaboration while securing sensitive corporate documents and data. Now, site owners can focus on creating content for their individual sites, while administrators establish consistent security policies across multiple levels of the organization.”
Securent EMS enables organizations to secure sensitive applications and data with ease and precision. For the first time, organizations can benefit from a proven XACML standard-based solution to create, enforce, review, and audit fine-grained access policies across heterogeneous application and IT environments distributed throughout the enterprise, all with centralized management and visibility. Securent provides a more scalable and cost-effective alternative to custom coding of fine-grained access controls into applications. Loosely coupling entitlements with application services, Securent EMS is also a key infrastructure service in an effective SOA deployment. The results, as seen in Fortune 1000 deployments, include improved security and compliance with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Basel Capital Accord (Basel II), and the National Association of Securities Dealers Rule 2711 (NASD 2711).
Securent (securent.com) is the leader in Entitlement Management. It has delivered the industry’s most robust XACML-standard based entitlement management solution that has been proven in mission-critical enterprise environments, enabling organizations to secure sensitive applications and data with ease and precision. Securent’s Entitlement Management Solution (EMS) leverages patent-pending technological advances to allow enterprises to enforce entitlement policies at very high performance across a heterogeneous IT stack, and to manage, enforce, and audit the policies on-demand at a centralized console. The significant cost, time to market, and compliance benefits of EMS have been proven at many Fortune 500 customers. Securent has been recognized by the industry’s leading analysts, including Gartner, Burton Group, and Forrester Research. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., Securent is venture backed by Greylock Partners and Onset Ventures.
Note 1 – Forrester Research, Microsoft’s 2007 Enterprise Content Management Platform; by Kyle McNabb; March 2, 2007.
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