SOURCE: NetPro

March 28, 2007 08:00 ET

NetPro and Centrify Partner to Enable Cost-Effective Compliance and Access Control Across the Enterprise

Partnership Allows Customers to Leverage Microsoft Active Directory to Address Compliance and Security Requirements for Their Heterogeneous Environments

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 28, 2007 -- Microsoft Management Summit -- NetPro Computing, Inc., a leading provider of infrastructure management solutions, today announced a partnership with Centrify Corporation, a leading provider of Microsoft Active Directory-based auditing, access control and identity management solutions for non-Microsoft platforms including UNIX, Linux, Mac and J2EE environments. This new partnership enables customers to address cross-platform compliance and security requirements in a cost-effective manner leveraging their existing Microsoft Active Directory infrastructure across the enterprise.

"Compliance is at the top of the list for most CIOs, yet the majority of the compliance and access control solutions on the market today are not interoperable with solutions from other vendors, too expensive, and too difficult to deploy," said Kevin Hickey, CEO of NetPro. "NetPro's solutions make Active Directory environments more compliant, more secure and more optimized. Centrify also embraces Active Directory and does so by extending it to the widest range of non-Microsoft systems and applications. Working together, our solutions allow customers to leverage their existing Active Directory investment to secure, audit, and optimize their heterogeneous infrastructure."

"Centrify is a leader in this emerging technology area of integrating Windows and non-Windows platforms, and we are pleased to partner with another leader, NetPro, who is the largest pure-play Microsoft Infrastructure Security and Availability Management company in the marketplace," said Tom Kemp, CEO of Centrify. "By taking advantage of the validated interoperability of our mutual solutions, customers can more effectively address their specific compliance and access control requirements using the most robust, best-of-breed Active Directory-centric solutions on the market today."

About the Partnership

The NetPro and Centrify partnership enables customers to achieve heterogeneous integration with Linux, UNIX, and Mac systems as well as Java/J2EE-based web applications through Active Directory while ensuring that the extended platform is available, secure and compliant. The partnership delivers value to customers by supporting interoperability in the following key areas:

Compliance and Audit -- Log consolidation and log-in/log-off auditing, enhanced security policy management and enforcement and compliance reporting. For example, NetPro ChangeAuditor and LogADmin provide detailed real-time forensics and archiving of Windows event logs, including key security events such as successful and failed log-in attempts. Centrify DirectControl writes successful and failed log-in attempts for all DirectControl-enabled systems back to the Domain Controller log files for processing by LogADmin. Working together, the two solutions allow customers to report on who has accessed what sensitive systems, whether they are Windows, UNIX, Linux or Macs, thereby satisfying auditor requirements.

Identity and Access Management -- Self-provisioning and password reset, as well as access control for Windows and non-Windows platforms. For example, Centrify DirectControl makes a user's Active Directory account the enterprise account across multiple platforms. NetPro SelfServiceADmin lets users self-reset that same account's password, and it creates a detailed audit trail for IT staff. The two solutions allow them to reduce helpdesk workload and enhance end-user productivity while improving the overall security of their environment.

Infrastructure Optimization -- Server administration, configuration and policy management, and health and availability reporting. For example, Centrify DirectControl delivers the only solution on the market that extends Active Directory Group Policy to the Mac environment as well as UNIX/Linux. NetPro GPOAdmin manages Group Policies, including the cross-platform extensions provided by Centrify. Together, they provide the ability to manage and extend Active Directory Group Policy across multiple platforms.

As part of this partnership, NetPro and Centrify will be delivering education webinars on how to address Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and other regulations using Active Directory as the central foundation for compliance. The partners will also demonstrate the interoperability between their best-of-breed solutions. The first webinar, entitled "Regulatory Compliance Using Active Directory in a Heterogeneous Environment" will take place on May 8, 2007. To register for the webinar please visit www.centrify.com/netpro.

Centrify is also a Gold Sponsor of NetPro's Directory Experts Conference (http://www.dec2007.com), to be held in Las Vegas, April 22-25, 2007. And, in the coming months both vendors will explore additional areas of technical collaboration based on customer demand.

About Centrify

Centrify is a leading provider of auditing, access control and identity management solutions that centrally secure an organization's heterogeneous systems, web applications, databases and storage systems using Microsoft Active Directory. Centrify DirectControl secures an organization's non-Microsoft platforms using the same authentication, authorization and Group Policy services deployed for its Windows environment. Centrify DirectAudit complements DirectControl by delivering auditing, logging and real-time monitoring of user activity on non-Microsoft systems. Together, they help organizations improve IT efficiency, better comply with regulatory requirements, and move toward a more secure, connected infrastructure for their heterogeneous computing environment. For more information about Centrify and its DirectControl and DirectAudit solutions, call +1 650-961-1100 or visit www.centrify.com.

About NetPro

NetPro sets the Gold Standard for distributed infrastructure management. We incorporate decades of experience into every enterprise solution, ensuring that our customers can manage the health, security and control of their Active Directory, DNS, MIIS, and eDirectory environments with total, unparalleled confidence. Our solutions enable organizations to increase access availability, stability and performance, prevent costly disruptions, improve security and policy compliance, and enhance management productivity and efficiencies. We exceed expectations in the quality and depth of our solutions and deliver exceptional customer support and ROI every time. Our industry partners include Microsoft Corp., Novell, Inc., and Hewlett-Packard, and our customer list features such respected organizations as Royal Bank of Scotland, the U.S. Army and General Motors. For more information about NetPro, please visit our website at www.netpro.com or call 602.346.3600.

Editors Note: NetPro names used in this document are trademarks, which may be registered in one or more jurisdictions, of NetPro. Centrify is a registered trademark, and DirectControl and DirectAudit are trademarks of Centrify in the United States and other countries. Microsoft is a registered trademark, and Active Directory is a trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and other countries.

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