Centrify Becomes Single Sign-On App for Dropbox

Centrify is now the preferred single sign-on provider for Dropbox for Business, a popular application people use for personal and business purposes.

Enterprise single sign-on system access has been getting much attention recently as a method of making it easier yet more airtight for users to log in to their business applications from any type of device.

Make no mistake about it: To the continuing consternation of security managers around the world, employees dearly want to use—in fact, they will use—any device that's available to do a work task.

Centrify, which specializes in Microsoft Active Directory single sign-on, has run a solid business for a long while in helping to kill password sprawl, but now it is starting to earn some extra visibility. Earlier this year, it landed the single sign-on contract with Samsung for all its new devices, and that's an impressive eight-figure number at this point.

Samsung in the last two years has made and sold more smartphones than anybody else, and the numbers are increasing.

On June 25, Centrify became the preferred single sign-on provider for Dropbox for Business, a popular application people for personal and business purposes—and one over which IT departments have not had control.

That now changes. With this Active Directory-based single sign-on (SSO), access control and mobile management, Dropbox users need to remember only one password for any connected device; at the same time, IT gains centralized control over access to hosted applications and resources.

Using Centrify SSO for Dropbox, enterprises can use their existing Active Directory infrastructure for simplifying the sign-in process for users and reducing help desk burden for IT. Users simply enroll mobile devices in the Centrify Cloud Service for access to Dropbox for Business and all of their Web apps and native mobile apps.

By using their existing Active Directory credentials, users get one-click access to Dropbox for Business and all their cloud-based apps. Thanks to reporting functionality regarding who has access to software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, IT can more quickly prove compliance with regulations and industry best practices.

Dropbox Single Sign-On is available now for Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) as well as user name and password log-ins from Centrify and authorized partners worldwide.

For businesses with two SaaS applications or fewer, the Centrify solution is available at no charge. For enterprises using Centrify for three or more SaaS apps, it is priced at $4 per user per month, which includes technical support and access to feature updates.

Chris Preimesberger

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