Getting Security Together

Michael Vizard

When it comes to security in 2010, this may be the year of cost control. After years of throwing everything including the kitchen sink at security problems, customers are demanding cost-efficient approaches to security. The good news is vendors are starting to hear them.

ActivIdentity, for example, just rolled out a new version of its SecureLogin security software that integrates single sign-on and authentication security management under a common interface. That may sound like an obvious thing to do, but the security industry is rife with point solutions that all have separate management tools that need to be mastered.

In ActivIdentity's case, the common management interface is the same one most IT organizations are familiar with today: Microsoft's Active Directory. According to David Berman, ActivIdentity's senior manager for solutions marketing, the whole premise of the company's offerings is to leverage existing technologies such as LDAP and Active Directory to reduce security costs, versus asking customers to acquire a completely separate set of management software to handle security issues.

It's becoming increasingly clear that security functions are being baked into all kinds of products, starting with router and switches, right up through application management. As part of the trend, the people that use these general-purpose tools are becoming a lot more security conscious. So not only is the total cost of security starting to drop, more things are being secured because it's now becoming a fundamental part of the IT process.

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