Oracle stresses on Identity Management solutions

Oracle Middle East, believes that Identity Management and single sign on solutions are vital for regional organisations to strengthen security.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  November 2, 2003

Oracle Middle East, today announced that Identity Management and single sign on solutions like Oracle's are important for Middle East organizations to strengthen security and increase productivity.

"Everything we have learned in 25 years of building database software to protect organisations' most valuable information - even national secrets - is being extended to Oracle Identity Management," says Ayman Abouseif, Oracle's senior marketing director for Middle East and Africa.

Oracle Identity Management is part Oracle's database and application server which works with directory, access management and user provisioning solutions from competing vendors.

"Identity information has become significant to organizations, and Oracle's experience in dealing with critical business infrastructure uniquely positions us to provide organizations with the most reliable and secure identity management offering," adds Abouseif.

The software claims to streamline the identification of users (employees, partners or customers) and controls their access to various applications and information via single sign on for improved security and regulatory compliance. Its integrated management features allow system administrators to manage security -- including access to Oracle and non-Oracle applications from a central coordinated service to reduce administration costs.

According to the META Group, automating password administration, which is only a small part of a comprehensive identity management program, can save a 10,000-employee company US$648,000 per year. The reports says the average employee spends 16 minutes per day logging on using various passwords, and 45% of help desk calls are about password resets.

Oracle claims, that with effective password management, single sign on and delegated administration, organizations can greatly reduce the more than 111 days per year administrators typically spend managing identities. Network administrators frequently spend a lot of time changing user names and passwords for employees who have lost this information, and deleting accounts of ex-employees.

"Identity management is the realization that identity is a strategic asset and the foundation upon which to build effective security for an enterprise," says Earl Perkins, vice president, Security and Risk Strategies, Technology Research Services, Meta Group.

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