HSBC deploys Centrify Suite
Solution expected to ease worldwide management of security and auditing
Centrify Corporation, provider of security and compliance solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to on-premise and cloud-based systems, mobile devices and applications, today announced that HSBC Bank UK is deploying the Centrify Suite to centrally secure system access to HSBC's distributed IT infrastructure.
Headquartered in London, HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. Its international network comprises more than 7,200 offices in more than 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. HSBC's central IT unit manages thousands of user accounts across its UNIX and Linux estate; making access control, privilege management and reporting on user access a critical concern for IT operations and audit teams.
"Centrify's product functionality sets it apart from anything else on the market by consolidating complex user and computer access into a streamlined and easy-to-manage arrangement within Active Directory; it's a massive plus for us," said Paul Sharpe enterprise technical specialist, Global IT Operations with HSBC.
"We looked at several vendors, but Centrify Suite's underlying Zones technology was by far the best approach for us to maintain compliance and simplify our processes."
Prior to deploying Centrify, Sharpe said, "We had multiple goals for this project including enforcing password policies, user account consolidation in Active Directory and auditing requirements. We needed to manage our Linux and UNIX systems in a centralised manner and wanted to leverage an existing directory infrastructure. The result was a decision to acquire the best technology to meet our needs, and after careful evaluation we chose Centrify."
"HSBC is a global financial giant in the industry, with a dynamic IT organisation that demands the highest level of performance and ROI," said Darren Gross, Centrify regional director for EMEA. "We are extremely proud that they have selected Centrify to help manage their security needs for centralised user management and auditing, and we look forward to a long-standing, mutually successful relationship."
The Centrify Suite 2012 lets organisations centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems, mobile devices, and applications by leveraging an infrastructure they already own - Microsoft Active Directory.
Built on an integrated architecture, the Centrify Suite is designed to strengthen security, enhance regulatory compliance initiatives, and reduce IT expense and complexity. The Centrify Suite - consisting of DirectControl DirectAuthorize, DirectAudit , DirectSecure and DirectManage - delivers secure authentication and single sign-on, role-based access control, privileged identity management, mobile security management, user-level auditing for Windows and UNIX systems, server isolation, and encryption of data-in-motion for the industry's broadest set of heterogeneous systems and applications.