SOURCE: Identity Engines

March 19, 2007 06:00 ET

Identity Engines Named Cool Vendor by Leading Analyst Firm

Vendors Selected for the Cool Vendor Report Are Innovative, Impactful, and Intriguing

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 19, 2007 -- Identity Engines, a leading provider of identity-based network access solutions, today announced that Gartner, a technology research and analyst firm, has highlighted Identity Engines in its March 14, 2007 report "Cool Vendors in Secure Business Enablement, 2007" by Ray Wagner, Lawrence Orans, John Girard, Roberta J. Witty, Ant Allan, Avivah Litan, and Barry Runyon at Gartner, Inc.

The report highlights that regulatory compliance demands continue to drive innovation and technologies that address threats without causing burdensome integration demands will be among the most sought-after security solutions. Identity Engines was selected for inclusion in the report which focused on innovative yet realistic solutions for evolving security threats and growing regulatory compliance demands.

Ignition Server™, Identity Engines' flagship product, leverages existing identity, directory and network infrastructure to make business policy enforcement a practical reality while ensuring compliance with standards including: PCI, CALEA, HIPAA, FERPA, and Sarbanes-Oxley. With a growing install base in higher education, enterprise, healthcare, and the public sector, Identity Engines' Ignition Server and Guest Manager solutions enhance existing network access control (NAC) deployments by basing network authentication and authorization policy decisions on a far richer set of attributes associated with identity in addition to network and device.

Identity Engines' Ignition Server and Guest Manager products enable organizations to improve security and compliance by establishing complete control over who accesses which network services, what devices they can use, where access is granted, and when and for how long the access should last. Identity Engines integrates seamlessly with user interfaces and active directories from Cisco, Foundry, Microsoft, Sun and Novell.

"Identity Engines' products are being deployed to solve the market's increasing demand for fine-grained, differentiated network access," said J. Peter Selda, chief executive officer at Identity Engines. "We believe being named a Gartner 'Cool Vendor' provides additional industry validation of the company's unique position at the intersection of network access control and IAM."

Other recent recognition and awards for Identity Engines include a mention in Red Herring Magazine's March 2007 "Out of the Gate" list of startups that are the "best of the bunch" and Info Security Products Guide's winner of the Global Excellence in Authentication Customer Trust 2006 Award.

About Gartner's Cool Vendors Selection Process

Gartner's listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.

Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn't do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner's interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.

About Ignition™

Identity Engines' Ignition line of products facilitates comprehensive identity-based network access. With its sophisticated policy engine and high-availability design, the flagship Ignition Server™ has been created to simplify how IT administrators manage access control and secure networks. The innovative, hardened appliance is designed for quick and seamless deployment into enterprise IT infrastructure through its support for widely supported protocols such as RADIUS and 802.1X. Ignition Server tightly integrates with common identity stores such as Microsoft's Active Directory as well as popular LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) directories from enterprise vendors such as Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Novell.

About Identity Engines

Founded in 2004, Identity Engines develops scalable, identity-based solutions for securing enterprise networks. The company's solutions provide comprehensive identity services such as authentication, authorization, and auditing to distributed network devices while enabling centralized administration and policy management for improved access control and compliance. For more information, visit

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