Centrify unveils privileged access service to protect enterprises with outsourced IT, app development

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Faced with the sometimes overwhelming task of deploying and managing IT infrastructure, more enterprises are choosing to outsource their IT and app development.

In fact, a recent Gartner study estimated that IT outsourcing will become a $335 billion industry by 2019, and another study by Forrester found that all organizations surveyed outsourced at least one IT function and at least one app development function.

Cloud-based identity management firm Centrify unveiled Tuesday a privileged access service designed to protect enterprises with outsourced IT and app development.

"The [enterprise] attack surface is getting bigger. There are a lot more accounts that get created and a lot more people who are gaining access to those systems, especially third-party outsourced IT," David McNeely, vice president of product strategy at Centrify, told FierceITSecurity.

Existing privileged identity management products often require enterprises to create and manage identities for outsourced IT administrators within their internal environment and grant virtual private network access, according to Centrify.

This increases risk as the number of privileged accounts disconnected from an authoritative identity provider grows and more laptops establish VPN connections to internal networks. The result is an expansion of potential attack points for hackers, disgruntled insiders and malware.

Combined with app-to-app password management and multi-factor authentication for servers, Centrify's privileged identity management  product is designed for an enterprise's  hybrid IT environment of cloud, mobile and on-premises.

Centrify is competing with other cloud identity and access management firms, such as Bitium, Okta, OneLogin, Ping Identity and SailPoint, as well as major IT firms such as Microsoft, Salesforce and IBM.

For more:
- see Centrify's release

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