Innovativ’s Identity Management Solutions Deliver Centralized Access Control to Business-Critical Enterprise Assets

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Free white paper helps financial services organizations to better align with regulatory demands, strengthen compliance and optimally manage network resources.

To remain competitive, financial services organizations need to securely and intelligently control and manage access to enterprise resources and systems within their own organization as well as with external partners. More of these organizations are turning to Identity Management solutions to gain real-time access and control of their enterprise infrastructure and, as a result, Innovativ has created a free white paper on this compelling topic accessible at http://www.innovativ.com/forms/getidmwp.htm.

Innovativ (http://www.innovativ.com) is the leading solutions integrator that delivers business-critical information access and visibility through technology-based communications products and solutions. The Company recently further enhanced its comprehensive Identity Management solution set to help financial services organizations meet industry regulatory and compliance demands, strengthen business processes and gain optimal control of their enterprise infrastructure.

According to a recent report by Forrester Research, regulatory compliance requirements, such as those mandated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, will be a primary driver for enterprise investment in identity management in 2006 and beyond. Industry research also indicates that organizations typically spend five to 10 percent of their IT budgets on the labor around compliance activities, while companies that don't automate are expected to spend 50 percent more by 2008.

Organizations will look to centralized identity management solutions to reduce costs and improve administration through provisioning, single sign-on and federated identities, as well as to strengthen assurances of user identities through strong authentication processes. More than simply securing systems, Identity Management solutions provide a wealth of information that organizations can use to streamline work flow processes, assist with compliance and regulatory demands, eliminate network redundancies, and facilitate optimal resource management.

“Knowing what is happening in your environment enables organizations to rapidly respond to security threats and policy changes while proactively managing enterprise network resources,” said Paul DeSantis, Innovativ’s director of Advanced Solutions. “In an industry steeped with heavy merger and acquisition activity, effective Identity Management solutions provide financial services organizations with real-time insight into business activity while enabling organizations to demonstrate compliance and alignment with regulatory issues.”

Innovativ’s Identity Management solutions bind security, compliance and business process management, giving organizations a central location to control access to system resources. The solutions are platform-independent and can be seamlessly integrated into a multitude of back-end applications and data streams, thus allowing for smooth implementation into an organization’s existing network infrastructure. Innovativ’s Identity Management solutions are thin-client, browser-based, and the user interface can be easily tailored to meet the specific needs of the organization.

Innovativ’s end-to-end solution set includes four Sun Microsystems’ components – Access Manager, Identity Manager, Identity Auditor and Directory Server Enterprise Edition. The Access Manager component provides secure, streamlined and standards-based access management with single sign-on functionality. Identity Manager delivers superior integrated user provisioning, password management, user self-service and identity synchronization services. This component also provides accountability through accurate record keeping and enables the “deprovisioning” of orphaned accounts. Giving organizations the ability to gauge which resources each user had access to allows all accounts to be closed and, thereby, significantly decreases vulnerability.

Identity Auditor, a comprehensive solution for improving audit and compliance performance, enables the creation of a secure identity audit trail and presents a unified view of each individual's identity and system access activities. Identity Auditor helps automate the evaluation and enforcement of an organization's internal identity and access controls so violations can be reacted to quickly to minimize risk. The Directory Server Enterprise Edition includes industry-leading directory capabilities that are highly available and scalable as well as manageable and secure. The Directory Server utilizes a hierarchal, roles-based structure and offers Active Directory synchronization services.

“Identity Manager is a key component in merger and acquisition situations where a bridge needs to be created between the two organizations for user provisioning and to enable a single-source of administration for a complete view of which users are accessing what information,” said DeSantis. “Innovativ’s Identity Management offerings also meet the needs of organizations that are looking for ways to consolidate instead of managing multiple vendors and solutions. Innovativ’s significant experience allows us to assess the needs of the organization and design a tailored identity management solution for each client.”

About Innovativ

Based in Edison, N.J., Innovativ is one of three affiliate companies of Innovativ Systems Design, Inc. As an experienced solutions integrator, Innovativ provides technology-based solutions for business communications that deliver business information enabling secure access and compliance. Innovativ provides offerings in mobility, identity management, information life cycle management, server-based computing, hardware, software and professional and consulting services.

Innovativ's proven track record for bringing intelligent solutions to large enterprises has earned the company a ranking of 169 in the VARBusiness 500 in 2005 and the 2003 VARBusiness Vertical Industry Award for fastest growth in the telecommunications market. In 2005, the company was named by Sun Microsystems as the largest strategic technology integrator in the U.S. and received Sun Microsystems’ Northeast Software Elite Award for highest year-over-year software revenue growth. For more information, please visit Innovativ online at http://www.innovativ.com.

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