Netegrity Rolls Out Enhanced SiteMinder

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Netegrity Monday introduced an updated version of its user access-control software for e-business with new management and transaction security features.

SiteMinder 5.0 provides new tools for managing the software across a distributed enterprise, said Bill Bartow, vice president and general manager of Netegrity's access control and identity management business unit.

For example, a new feature allows administrators to centrally manage agent configuration data in the Netegrity Policy server and automatically deploy changes to distributed Web agents, Bartow said.

The updated software also provides transactional security via a technology called eTelligent rules, he said.

The technology allows administrators to create policies that can call out to external third-party XML-based Web services, such as credit data, in order to authorize a transaction. Through a partnership with D&B, the software can provide realtime access to D&B credit scores and other data.

Joe Duffy, security practice national leader of global risk management solutions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, said the new version of SiteMinder builds on Netegrity's secure relationship management strategy.

"They've got a strong vision, which we endorse and call identity management," Duffy said.

Identity management is becoming key as companies take their business to the Web and connect with employees, partners and suppliers over the Internet in order to cut administrative costs, he said.

Other new features in SiteMinder 5.0 include tighter integration with Microsoft applications, which provides single sign-on across a range of Microsoft products, and hardware-based key storage, Bartow said.

The product is slated for availability by the end of March. Pricing ranges from $1 to $20 per user, depending on the application.

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