IBM Adds Software to Reduce Password Clutter

IBM Teams With Passlogix to Broaden Single Sign-On Capability

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ARMONK, NY - 03 Feb 2006: IBM today announced software to help people reduce the clutter and confusion caused by nonstop requests to enter or change their user IDs and passwords.

The software -- IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-on -- broadens IBM's identity and password management capabilities. It consists of technology from Passlogix, which adds single password access for Lotus Notes, SAP and Microsoft Windows-based applications, among others, to IBM's password management support.

By adding this technology to IBM's password management software, people can reach more applications -- from email to vendor extranets -- via "single sign-on," which requires only one password to access a variety of applications. It also enables a greater range of applications to support "two-factor authentication" -- where two types of verification, such as smart cards or biometrics, are needed to log on to a computer.

The software enables people to use computers shared by co-workers to securely access confidential information -- without having to shut down the computer to ensure confidentiality. For example, doctors and nurses can sign on to a hospital computer to access medical records and update patient information. Should they forget to log off, the software monitors and protects the workstation by ending inactive sessions and requires the next user to sign on to enter the system. Not only does single sign-on capability save time for hospital staff, but it also helps healthcare organizations meet HIPAA requirements by safeguarding sensitive patient records.

"People are tired of keeping track of user names and passwords, so they resort to careless tactics like writing passwords on notes stuck to their computer monitors," said Hershel Harris, Vice President of Development, IBM Tivoli Storage and Security. "By teaming with Passlogix, IBM is extending our identity, access and compliance portfolio to help customers cut the clutter out of password management, while helping them satisfy compliance requirements."

The software broadens the capabilities of IBM's Tivoli Access Manager for e-Business and Tivoli Identity Manger, which together with the new software comprise a complete identity management solution. With IBM's identity management software, employees at government agencies, financial institutions and healthcare facilities don't have to remember dozens of passwords and user IDs, each having different character requirements and expiration dates. By improving the way passwords are managed, employees won't incur help desk costs because they forget or lose their passwords.

"We were looking for the ability to provide single or reduced sign-on across the enterprise from our identity management project," explains Debbie Posey, project manager, at Baker Hughes a Houston, Texas-based provider of products and services to the oil and gas industry. "We chose Passlogix and IBM for our implementation."

"Customers view enterprise single sign-on as a key requirement of a complete enterprise identity management solution," explains Marc Boroditsky, CEO and president of Passlogix. "Integrating and delivering our market-leading enterprise sign-on solution with IBM's Identity Management portfolio will help customers in all markets advance their identity management, strong authentication and compliance projects."

The software extends IBM's IT service management portfolio, providing customers with single sign-on capability to all their applications. With IT service management, companies can reduce technology complexity through automation and process integration and more easily comply with business policies and regulatory mandates.

Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-on will be available in the first quarter of 2006.

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