Securent Announces Support for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

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Securent Entitlement Management Solution (EMS) brings consistent and comprehensive access management, enforcement, and auditing to Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

Securent, Inc., a leader in Entitlement Management, today announced support for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, helping organizations secure sensitive communications with ease and precision. Office Communications Server 2007 uses the power of software to help streamline communications between people and organizations, regardless of medium, platform, device, or location to fundamentally change the way organizations communicate and collaborate. Securent EMS™ delivers policy-based, fine-grained control and visibility to Office Communications Server 2007 while empowering security teams, enterprise compliance teams, LoB administrators, and end users to control which parties are allowed to communicate with each other over the rich modes of communication enabled by Office Communications Server 2007.

Securent Entitlement Management Solution (EMS) allows organizations that implement Office Communications Server 2007 to manage, enforce, and audit access control policies that dictate how various constituents within the enterprise connect and communicate. Securent’s out-of-the-box solution is logically separated from Office Communications Server 2007 allowing security administrators and risk managers to define and manage security policies separately from the normal operational management of Office Communications Server 2007. This allows organizations to implement many powerful types of policies. The following are a list of examples:

• Only executives are allowed onto a web/audio conference where changes to management benefit packages are being debated;
• Segregation of Duties policies are uniformly implemented and enforced across Instant Messaging (IM), chat rooms, telephone calls, and audio and web conferences;
• Customer calls are routed to an appropriate customer service representative (CSR) based on the customer’s stated preferences regarding language preference, location, seniority, etc.

Administrators that deploy Securent EMS with Office Communications Server 2007 have fine-grained authorization and centralized visibility that help meet enterprises’ security, compliance, and risk management mandates. This is further enhanced through Securent EMS’ existing compatibilities with other Microsoft technologies including .NET, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and Microsoft SQL Server. Taken together, these capabilities ensure that the robust policy-based security layer provided by Securent EMS is consistently and comprehensively applied across Office Communications Server 2007 and the rest of the organization’s IT infrastructure.

“With the emergence of unified communications, organizations will capitalize on greater management and operational advantages. Securent is supporting these environments by providing the security framework that protects informational assets against corruption and loss,” said Ranjeet Vidwans, VP of Business Development for Securent. “When deployed with Office Communications Server 2007, Securent EMS manages, enforces and audits user access with fine-grained control that is centrally managed to further augment efficiency.”

“The combination of Microsoft’s unified communications software and Securent EMS provides a powerful new way for people to collaborate while taking the complexity out of communications,” said Yancey Smith, group marketing manager, Unified Communications Group, at Microsoft Corp. “Securent EMS complements the features in Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 powering communication across the applications, networks and devices businesses already know and use.”

Compliance and information security requirements demand that organizations manage and enforce user entitlements consistently across a wide variety of applications and services throughout the entire enterprise, rather than within individual silos as is commonly done today. Securent EMS achieves this by providing customers with rich policy-driven access controls that deliver precise granularity, robust performance, and streamlined auditing. The company’s approach to fine-grained entitlement management significantly reduces the time and cost of deploying new platforms such as Office Communications Server 2007 by providing global policy management across platforms, applications and networks throughout the organization.

About Securent Entitlement Management Solution (EMS)
Securent EMS enables organizations to secure sensitive applications and data with ease and precision by using a proven XACML-based solution to create, enforce, review, and audit fine-grained access policies across heterogeneous application and IT environments distributed throughout the enterprise. Securent EMS provides centralized management and visibility over entitlements for application services and databases and is a key infrastructure service in an effective service-oriented architecture (SOA) deployment. The results include improved security and compliance with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Basel Capital Accord (Basel II), and the National Association of Securities Dealers Rule 2711 (NASD 2711).

About Securent
Securent is the leader in Entitlement Management, allowing organizations to secure sensitive data and applications with ease and precision. Securent’s Entitlement Management Solution (EMS) is the industry’s most robust and proven XACML-based solution, allowing organizations to create, enforce, review, and audit fine-grained access policies across heterogeneous application and IT environments distributed throughout the enterprise, all with centralized management and visibility. The significant cost, time to market, and compliance benefits of EMS have been proven at many Fortune 500 customers. Securent has been recognized as the leader in the Entitlement Management market by the key industry analysts, including Gartner, Burton Group, and Forrester Research. Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Securent is backed by Greylock Partners and Onset Ventures. For more information, please visit www.securent.com.

Securent and Securent Entitlement Management Solution are trademarks of Securent, Inc. All other product and/or company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective holders

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