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Oracle Consolidates Identity Management Platform

Oracle unveiled Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2 today, the latest version in its Identity Management platform.

With Oracle Identity Management 11g, organizations can securely make the shift to cloud computing and rolling out mobile and social infrastructures, Oracle said. With so many applications living on mobile devices and in the cloud, it's important these applications get the same kind of management and security tools as the on-premise systems do.

Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2With the latest version of Oracle Identity Management, customers can efficiently comply with regulatory requirements, secure critical applications and sensitive data, and streamline password management for high-risk accounts, Oracle said. Oracle Identity Management 11g is a key component of Oracle Fusion Middleware and can work "out of the box" with both Oracle and non-Oracle technologies, the company said.

“With Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2, organizations can strengthen and simplify identity lifecycle management across the entire enterprise, while still meeting complex compliance and regulatory requirements," said Amit Jasuja, vice president of development in Oracle's security and identity management group.

The Oracle Identity Management 11g release consolidates Oracle's portfolio of identity management offerings into three main categories. Oracle Identity Governance meets an organization's compliance, governance, and security needs by providing access request, provisioning and certification on a unified platform. New features include Oracle Privileged Account Manager, which allows employees to request access to applications through a self-service shopping cart-style interface.

Oracle Access Management offers end-to-end user authentication and authorization protection across an organization's data, applications, and Web services. Native mobile security and single sign-on is built in, as well as support for "Social Sign-On" to access sites such as Facebook, Google, Yaho, Twitter and LinkedIn. This platform supports multiple identity stores and multi-datacenter configurations, enhanced third-party integrations and enhanced fraud detection.

Oracle Directory Services unifies storage, proxy, synchronization and virtualization into a flexible platform. Customers can perform proximity based searching and make location-based updates to support mobile and social applications. The directory service simplifies management while ensuring interoperability with a wide range of hardware and operating systems.

“We designed Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2 to meet the new challenges our customers face from the today’s digital experience to help them better secure their existing infrastructure and continue to expand their reach,” Jasuja said.

Organizations are increasingly looking at ways to take authorization decisions out of individual applications and move them into a centralized systems with centralized rules. Instead of building the logic to handle security individually inside each application and managing each one's security policies separately, externalizing authorization means a single platform will be in charge of managing all the policies and rules.

Many vendors have been shifting away from their database roots to branch out in identity management. For example, Quest Software, known for developing the graphical interface to access SQL databases, has a number of identity management products. When Dell acquired Quest earlier this month, executives listed Quest's IAM expertise as one of the reasons Dell was interested in the deal.

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Fahmida Y. Rashid is a Senior Contributing Writer for SecurityWeek. She has experience writing and reviewing security, core Internet infrastructure, open source, networking, and storage. Before setting out her journalism shingle, she spent nine years as a help-desk technician, software and Web application developer, network administrator, and technology consultant.