SOURCE: Viewfinity

Viewfinity

October 16, 2012 14:06 ET

Viewfinity Partners With Centrify to Utilize Active Directory and Windows Group Policy for Application Control on Mac Systems

Integrated Solution Brings Apple Mac Support to Viewfinity Privilege Management Suite

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - Oct 16, 2012) - Viewfinity (www.viewfinity.com), the innovator of privilege management solutions, today announced a technology and marketing partnership with Centrify Corporation to integrate Centrify's DirectControl for Mac OS X solution, which enables administrators to utilize Active Directory and Windows Group Policy to centrally control Apple Mac systems in the workplace, into Viewfinity's Privilege Management Suite.

Mac computers are becoming part of the workplace computing environment in many organizations. This partnership allows Viewfinity to offer Centrify's DirectControl for Mac solution to enable administrators to utilize Active Directory-based authentication and Windows Group Policy for centralized application control policies on Mac systems in the workplace. While IT desktop support personnel can centrally configure privilege policies for application and desktop tasks for Windows-based endpoints, administrators are challenged because Macs are still often managed on a standalone basis. With this joint solution, IT administrators can easily lock down and manage their entire desktop environment because policies for Mac systems are easily integrated to the most complex environments using the same processes, people and infrastructure as are used for Windows systems.

"Centrify's Apple Mac support centralizes operations and strengthens security by creating a single point of administration for managing Mac OS X from within Active Directory. This is critical to enterprises today as Mac devices need to be secured at the same level as other endpoint devices," said Shreyas Sadalgi, Senior Director of Business Development at Centrify. "We are pleased that Viewfinity has chosen to offer Centrify as part of their Privilege Management solution. This joint initiative opens up exciting opportunities to provide desktop security support for organizations with growing Mac user populations."

"Viewfinity Privilege Management combined with Centrify's DirectControl provides organizations with comprehensive enterprise-level application control and policy enforcement for Mac workstations," says Leonid Shtilman, CEO of Viewfinity. "By expanding capabilities based on market needs, we're offering the only solution that supports both Mac and Windows-based endpoints without the hassle of deploying a complex new infrastructure or dealing with yet another 'pane of glass' from a separate standalone management console."

Other solutions for integrating Apple Macs with Active Directory offer only limited integration. Centrify DirectControl for Mac OS X is unique in its approach to providing enterprise-ready features for IT staff responsible for managing a large number of Mac systems. It is the only comprehensive application control solution for IT managers who are looking for a way to manage Mac systems without having to add additional management infrastructure.

Viewfinity Privilege Management is an IT security solution that offers a breakthrough, automated approach for removing administrator rights and managing privileges for end users. This eliminates the costs of involving the IT support help desk every time a user needs elevated permissions. With our software, there is no reason to grant users administrator rights. Our solution provides organizations with the ability to remove administrator privileges from endpoints and implement fully transparent, automatic privilege management providing a fundamental safeguard that is vital to every IT infrastructure.

About Centrify
Centrify delivers integrated software and cloud-based solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to on-premise and cloud-based systems, mobile devices and applications by leveraging the infrastructure organizations already own -- Microsoft Active Directory. From the data center and into the cloud, more than 4,500 organizations, including 40 percent of the Fortune 50 and more than 60 Federal agencies, rely on Centrify's identity consolidation and privilege management solutions to reduce IT expenses, strengthen security and meet compliance requirements. For more information about Centrify and its solutions, call +1 (408) 542-7500 or visit http://www.centrify.com/.

About Viewfinity
Viewfinity provides privilege management and application control for desktops, laptops and servers, empowering enterprises to meet compliance mandates, reduce security risks, and lower IT costs. The Viewfinity solution allows enterprises to control end user and privileged user rights for applications and systems which require elevated permissions. Viewfinity's granular-level control enables companies to establish and enforce consistent policies for least privilege Windows-based environments based on segregation of duties. For more information, visit www.viewfinity.com.

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