DirectAuthorize Simplifies User Role Definition
DirectAuthorize brings additional granular control to administrators, especially those looking to use a roles-based administration paradigm. With DirectAuthorize, I was able to define roles for users, allowing me to assign users to particular zones and creating customized rights sets for users that were members of the roles. I found the roles-based administration capabilities were comprehensive, almost to the point of providing too much detail. Roles can also be applied to groups and other objects, which allowed me to create roles specifically meant for member Linux systems and also to create global rights for root- (or administrator-) level accounts. DirectAudit is another key piece of the Centrify Suite 2012 Enterprise Edition puzzle. DirectAudit is primarily used to capture historical user activity. Simply put, DirectAudit records user activity, so that it can be reviewed at a later date. Using the DirectAudit auditor console, I was able to select sessions to view.Recorded sessions are listed on the console and can be filtered, sorted or selected based upon a number of criteria, including dates, zones, groups, users and systems. Predefined queries help to keep sessions in order and I was able to create my own custom queries as well. The nice thing about DirectAudit is that it captures more than just a video of user activity.The product also captures metadata, session activity and system events. That allowed me to filter the captured information even further. For example, I was able to quickly find Unix log-on events using filters and then just focus on what happened around those particular events. That proves to be a big time saver; I did not have to watch a complete video session to identify log-on or log-off events. While Centrify does an excellent job in the user-management and rights-control consolidation game, it is not the only company out there than can get the job done. Quest Software offers Quest One Identity Suite, which is tuned more toward single sign-on and account management on homogeneous networks. Fischer International is another player in the centralized user-management field, offering an identity-management suite that is designed to work with native directory systems and leverage the cloud as a service paradigm. NetIQ is another player in the consolidated identity-management arena, offering both cloud-based and on-site systems that bring single-sign-on, user management and heterogeneity networking support into the management picture. Ensim Unify Enterprise Edition is another premise-based product that stitches directories together and unifies user management. Ensim Unify also offers support for smartphones and other devices as well, moving it into the bring your own device (BYOD) market, a critical new area that many identity-management vendors need to tackle. Centrify aims to bring BYOD support to their products in the near future, which should transform the Centrify Suite into a one-stop solution for user and heterogeneous credential management.