Ping Identity, RSA Team on Cloud Authentication

Security and authentication vendor Ping Identity is working with RSA to improve authentication services for cloud computing.  In specific, Ping joined RSA’s Secured Partner Program and certified interoperability between its PingFederate and RSA SecurID authentication.

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cloudsecureSecurity and authentication provider Ping Identity is working with RSA to improve authentication services for cloud computing.  In specific, Ping joined RSA’s Secured Partner Program and certified interoperability between its PingFederate and RSA SecurID authentication.

“Ping Identity utilizes a cost-effective way to use RSA SecurID authentication to provide secure, strong authentication to any number of cloud applications,” said Ping Identity CTO Patrick Harding, in a statement.

PingFederate Integration Kit for RSA SecurID lets organizations use PingFederate Cloud SSO (single sign-on) and RSA SecurID authentication in an integrated way that helps them improve security, saves money and increases the usability of the application, Harding added.  The solution created by the interoperability partnership and certification offers stronger access controls to cloud applications, and helps to increase security for customers, according to officials of the companies.

PingFederate is an Internet identity security platform for a variety of Internet-facing identity management, delivering features that

  • Solve the password problem for Internet applications
  • Improve workforce productivity
  • Reduce administrative overhead
  • Improve security and compliance

PingFederate performs three critical security functions:

Internet Single Sign-On (SSO)
Users sign on once to their corporate network, then PingFederate securely communicates their identities to internal and external web-based applications, including the cloud. No individual application passwords are necessary and no additional logins are required, increasing user convenience and making applications more secure.

Internet User Account Management
PingFederate integrates with corporate directories to automatically create, update and disable user accounts for web and cloud-based applications throughout the user's lifecycle. When a user leaves the organization or no longer requires application access, PingFederate immediately disables that user's account at the application layer, ensuring that only authorized users have access to the application.

Universal Token Translation
PingFederate's Security Token Service translates security tokens from one format to another, streamlining the process of sharing user identities between disparate security domains.

“Through our inventive collaboration we can provide enhanced authentication technology that helps to protect joint customers to securely access cloud-based applications.”

Ted Kamionek
Vice President
RSA

For Ping/RSA implementations, the PingFederate Integration Kit for RSA SecurID connects PingFederate running at an Identity Provider site directly with RSA Authentication Manager, which integrates with the organization’s directory. 

When a user with an RSA SecurID software or hardware token tries to access a cloud application, PingFederate generates a SAML or WS-Federation assertion and sends it directly to the service provider through a secure connection.

The service provider then grants the user access to the application. Users don’t need Internet passwords because they’re never prompted to log into the application.

 

The certification lets customers of Ping Identity add another level of security that decreases complexity and increases confidence within a business, said Ted Kamionek, vice president, business development and technical alliances at RSA.

“Through our inventive collaboration we can support the needs of organizations by providing enhanced authentication technology that helps to protect joint customers to securely access cloud-based applications,” Kamionek added.

 




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