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Startup Imprivata Updates Single Sign-On Appliance

Oct 24, 2006 (12:10 PM EDT)

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Authentication startup Imprivata released a new version of its flagship OneSign solution that improves user provisioning and bolsters security for remote access.

An appliance-based solution, OneSign provides secure access to networks, extends single sign-on to users and facilitates convergence of IT networks with building security systems.

With Monday's rollout of OneSign 3.5, Imprivata simplified the creation and management of user accounts by adding support for the Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML), an XML-based standard that allows organizations to share user provisioning information, said Geoff Hogan, senior vice president of business development at Imprivata.

OneSign 3.5 brings single sign-on capability to organizations that don't manage user accounts with a domain directory, and the solution includes flexible policy-management tools for tailoring the functionality of specific PCs, Hogan said.

Lexington, Mass.-based Imprivata fortified the remote-access security and authentication management features of OneSign by adding a Radius host that handles password authentication, as well as Vasco one-time password tokens, according to Hogan. There's also support for Upek's TouchStrip fingerprint authentication solution, used in Dell and IBM/Lenovo notebooks, that enables companies to use passwords with biometrics for two-factor authentication.

OneSign 3.5's release comes after last month's addition of a location-based authentication feature that links an employee's physical-access authentication to network and application access, Hogan said.

"We've integrated different types of two-factor authentication into OneSign and made fingerprint biometrics and smart cards manageable through the appliance," he said.

The fact that OneSign 3.5 doesn't require a lot of customization makes it a good fit for channel partners, which drive about 90 percent of Imprivata's North American revenue, Hogan said.

Imprivata typically ships OneSign as an appliance pair with built-in failover, and with OneSign 3.5 the vendor also is giving customers the option of buying another standby appliance for disaster recovery, Hogan added.

OneSign 3.5 is slated to ship in November. OneSign configurations are priced according to users, with 2,000-user licenses costing $37 per user for single sign-on, $30 per user for physical/logical and $26 per user for authentication management.