Hewlett-Packard Co will announce a new bundling of identity management and related compliance products at the RSA Conference this week.
Select Identity 4.0 bundles access control, identity federation, provisioning, and auditing. These capabilities will also continue to be offered to existing customers as a la carte products.
The combined offering will provide a visual modeling framework that can map compliance guidelines to existing or new IT audit controls.
It will also provide a centralized audit system to prevent tampering of records by requiring digital signatures for each administrative action.
HP claims it provides the only identity management system that links directly in with user access rights embodied in the OS — in this case, HP-UX 11i.
Additionally, SDKs (software development kits) will be provided so Select Identity can access identity data in enterprise applications such as SAP.
Finally, it will provide scheduled or ad hoc reports necessary for satisfying the auditors.
Admittedly, the integration does not mean that each of the capabilities is part of a single product or map to a single or common federated directory.
When we surveyed customers, they wanted to integrate [management of] infrastructure first, said Sai Allavarpu, director of product management and marketing for Security and Identity Management Solutions.
While they’d love a common install and UI, it is not practical because provisioning is usually in separate system from the single sign-on system, he continued. It would be nice to have that feature but doesn’t map to reality.
But at least the reporting spans across the identity management silos, providing analytics that correlate results from the access, identity, federation and provisioning systems.
The new version of HP OpenView’s identity management products is available now.