IBM Announced Single Sign-in Software for Enterprise

As per IDC, US identity and access management domain grows US $3.1 billion in 2007 and is expected to reach US $5.3 billion by 2012. IBM launched new security software, Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign On, TAM ESSO, for password management. It supports existing hardware (mainframe, PCs, servers) and operating system platforms including Windows, Linux, AIX, Solaris, and HP-UX

After the user logs in to the system for the first time, TAM ESSO automatically authenticates next time when user tries to log in. Company has to pay $150 per user each year for using the software. The company got the technology from the the acquisition of Encentuate in March 2007.

“Our identity and access management software integrated with security information and event management is a cornerstone of IBM’s approach to help customers achieve their company-wide security and compliance goals,” said Al Zollar, general manager, of IBM Tivoli Software.

Tivoli Access Manager has two main components

  • A user registry.
  • An authorization service consisting of an authorization database and an authorization engine

All other Access Manager services and components are built upon this base foundation on the top of the above core components. There is another important component, Resource Manager. It applies security policy to resources.

Tivoli Access  Manager is a family of products. ie.

  • IBM Tivoli Access Manager for e-business (ITAMeb)
  • IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Business Integration (ITAMBI)
  • IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Operating Systems (ITAMOS) - controls access to operating system resources

By using automatic password management, user can be more effective in terms of productivity and there is a less requirement of helpdesk support for forgotten password. The software supports 13 languages for global use.

Source: Tradingmarkets.com

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