IBM Corp has fashioned a low-cost and scaled-down version of its identity management product, which by the end of the month it will start to sell into small to medium-sized businesses at a price of around $25 per seat for up to 5,000 users.
Identity Manager Express will ship on February 28, and comes with many of the features found in large enterprise ID management deployments, such as a self-service password reset functions, centralized user access tracking, and canned reports that help provide audit capabilities. Compared with the enterprise version of the suite, however, there are fewer features that can be customized, and Express relies on several pre-configured templates to set up access controls.
IBM said that Identity Manager Express provides the right internal controls needed to verify which employees access what information. The ID management software will pick up on potential attempts to steal sensitive sales data or other corporate information, by keeping an audit trail of who approved access.
The system is also designed to kill off the orphan accounts that can result from previously poor management of access rights and privileges, and which so often can comprise security. Orphans result from the unclosed user accounts of former workers’ which remain active, leaving a door open for white-collar crime.
The vendor said in November last year, that its Tivoli division would be introducing a series of products aimed at midsize businesses and for the first time wants to expand Tivoli down into the midmarkets served by the likes of NetIQ Corp.