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Centrify deploys User Suite, brings Active Directory security to OS X

updated 05:35 pm EDT, Tue August 27, 2013

New suite cross platform, licensing covers Android, OS X, iOS, Windows

Centrify Corporation, a Unified Identity Services provider across data center, cloud and mobile, today announced the availability of the Centrify User Suite, Mac Edition -- the company's first solution to provide robust Active Directory-based authentication, policy management, single sign-on (SSO) and user self-service for connected and remote Mac OS X systems. Centrify says that with the program, on-premise machines, remote Macs, and mobile devices are seamlessly integrated into Microsoft Active Directory, utilizing organizations' existing infrastructures, processes and skill sets to deliver enhanced security and easy management for IT, and simplified, secure access for Mac users at work.

As a complement to its agent-based approach for providing Active Directory-based authentication and Group Policy management, Centrify has now added a cloud-based option for managing Macs. By extending the Centrify Cloud Service to manage remote Macs and providing administrators and users with self-service capabilities such as remote lock and remote wipe of a Mac, IT staff will have the flexibility to use a single solution to manage Macs using a combination of both on-premise software and/or a cloud-based offering.

Centrify is combining its Centrify for Mobile offering as part of the Centrify for Mac solution to deliver a new combined solution based on a per-user subscription pricing, allowing IT staff to manage their employees' multiple devices under a single per-user license. In addition, data on Mac systems is now secured through centrally-managed FileVault 2 full-disk encryption security policies and institution encryption keys to ensure protection of data.

The new Centrify User Suite, Mac Edition is available today from Centrify worldwide. Pricing is $48 per user per year for up to five devices, and includes standard support. Centrify User Suite, Premium Edition is also available and combines Centrify for SaaS with Centrify for Mac to provide users with single sign-on to an unlimited number of web and SaaS applications, as well as Mac and mobile management, and is priced at $72 per user per year for use on up to five devices and unlimited SaaS apps.

by MacNN Staff



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