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January 2002

Enterprise access management products are important, but not easy

In the organized chaos of e-business support systems, enterprise access management (EAM) vendors say they offer the "Holy Grail" of security: a single sign-on (SSO) solution that authenticates users to your Web portal and authorizes access to critical back-end applications. But your quest doesn't end when you purchase an EAM solution. There is no miracle in that box. The benefits of EAM are clear. Market-leading products from Netegrity, RSA Security, IBM/Tivoli and others provide critical security and management functions including role-based access control, content personalization, user self-registration and hooks into other security products, such as firewalls, provisioning systems and IDSes. Many EAM solutions can handle multiple authentication options (e.g., user ID/passwords, digital certificates, authentication tokens) and several types of user repositories (LDAP, RACF, NT, etc.). These solutions also offer auditing services and intuitive Web-based interfaces for user and resource management. In short, you can make a ...

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