CA continues on its strategy around identity and access management with three new releases.
CA is unveiling the next phase of its identity and access
management strategy with new releases designed to strengthen
certification and compliance reporting for enterprises.
The company June 9 announced plans for three products-CA Identity
Manager, CA Access Control and CA Security Compliance Manager-as part
of the CA Identity Access Manager release 12. The three products join
late last year by CA as part of an effort to expand its identity access product line.
move follows similar investments by other identity and access vendors. IBM
recently released a new version of its federated identity management software, while officials with Sun Microsystems
this year said they were planning a number of releases across the
company's identity management portfolio during the next several months.
According to a recent report by Forrester Research, the IAM (identity and access management) market
will grow to $12.3 billion by 2014, with provisioning accounting for nearly two-thirds of all IAM revenues.
CA has its eyes on that market. With CA Security Compliance Manager,
the company has included a process-centric certification engine that
can identify changes in entitlements, roles, user titles, cost center
or account access.
"This product automates that certification process and enables the
continuos attestation that companies are looking for," said Lina
Liberti, vice president of security management at CA. "This product
enables you to do the certification, but then continuously do that
certification on whatever timeframe the company has deemed necessary to
adhere to the regulations they have identified as important for their
Security Compliance Manager also features remediation capabilities
and the ability to report on orphaned and inactive accounts. Enhanced
reporting was also a focus of CA Access Control 12, which allows for
data feeds to third-party relational data base management systems for
additional custom reporting. CA has also included a number of
out-of-the-box policy reports.
Another key element of the release is the ability to manage access
to virtualized environments. CA has extended support to VMware ESX, Sun
Solaris 10 Zones, Microsoft Virtual Server, Linux Xen, IBM AIX LPAR,
HP-UX vPar and z/VM.
"We wanted the virtualization coverage so as companies are
leveraging virtualization to extend the use of their servers, this
product helps them maintain the level of security they're used to,"
Most of the enhancements to CA Identity Manager are around easing
deployment, including more granular provisioning and automation
controls to help improve administration and expanded reporting
The CA Access Control and Security Compliance Manager products are
available immediately, and the company plans to roll out Identity
Manager in roughly 30 days, according to CA officials.