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Identity Management

 

What is Identity Management?
Identity Management (IdM) is a general term and encompasses technologies including password management (synchronisation and self reset), user provisioning and access management. Identity Management tools enable and maintain user access to network resources. This includes the creation of the user entity (functionality typically found in a human resource applications), authorization and permissions (SSO and password management functionality), and a single point of administration for de/provisioning accounts (as in provisioning).
What is Provisioning or Enterprise User Administration (EUA)?
Provisioning is a general term usually meaning the ability to control users - including adding users, revoking, resuming and deleting. Access control and definition by roles and rules together with the ability to use templates and bulk creation are all part of a good Identity Provisioning tool.
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Password Management

 

What is Password Management?
Password management software helps corporate security administrators, help desk staff and end users manage the complexities of multiple passwords in multi-platform environments. Password management accomplishes this by preventing user down-time due to lost or forgotten passwords. Password management also frees help desk and security administrators from resetting lost or forgotten passwords.
What is Password Synchronization? (aka sync, synch, synchronisation)
Password synchronization synchronizes passwords and password changes between different information security systems such as RACF, ACF2, CA-Top Secret, and Microsoft Windows NT security, and different computing environments such as IBM OS/390, Microsoft Windows NT domains, UNIX, AIX, SUN Solaris, HPUX, AS/400, OpenVMS and Novell NetWare, enabling them to work as one. A password change is intercepted and the change propagated to all systems and applications.
What does "single sign-on" mean?
Single password sign-on support enables end-users to access systems and applications repeatedly with only a single password sign-on at initial logon. Single sign-on thereby eliminates the need to memorize multiple passwords and cuts the spiralling incidence of forgotten passwords.
What is SSO?
Password synchronization capability provides the key benefit promised by SSO (Single Sign On) with the elimination of too many passwords across the enterprise.
What does "single password" mean?
A single password sign-on support enables end-users to access the systems repeatedly with only a single password sign-on at initial logon. Single password logon to applications eliminates the need to memorize multiple passwords and cuts the spiralling incidence of forgotten passwords.
What about forgotten passwords?
Forgotten passwords are a thing of the past with synchronisation and self-reset. They eliminate the need for users to memorize multiple passwords in order to access the many systems they need and thereby dramatically cuts the high incidence of forgotten passwords and the drain on help desk staff to reset forgotten passwords.
What is Password Reset?
Identity verification questions and answers mechanisms as in challenge-response identity verification. The management of a single password reduced the likelihood of discovery thus improving security. Password Self-Reset allows users who forgot their password to easily change or reset their password using a web-based password reset. Password Geneous-Reset integrates with Password Geneous-Sync to synchronize the password reset on all enterprise systems.
How can we eliminate Password Help Desk Calls?
Password Geneous modules cuts down on password helpdesk calls by allowing users who forgot their password to easily change or reset their password using a web-based password reset. Password Geneous-Reset integrates with Password Geneous-Sync to synchronize the password reset on all enterprise systems.
How Can Users Reset Their Own Passwords?
Password Geneous-Reset allows users who forget their password to easily change or reset their password using a web-based password reset facility. Password Geneous-Reset goes beyond simply helping users reset their own passwords by integrating with the synchronisation module to synchronize password resets on all enterprise systems.
What is Password Reset Administration?
Password Geneous-Reset supports password reset administration by allowing users who forget their password to easily change or reset their password using a web-based password reset facility. Password Geneous-Reset further eases password reset administration by integrating with Password Geneous-Sync to synchronize the password reset on all enterprise systems.
What is a Password Reset Kiosk?
Password Geneous-Reset provides a web-based password reset kiosk function to allow users who forget their password to easily change or reset their password. The Password Geneous-Reset password reset kiosk further eases password administration by integrating with Password Geneous-Sync to synchronize password resets on all enterprise systems.
What is Password Reset User Administration?
Password Geneous-Reset supports password reset user administration by allowing users who forget their password to easily change or reset their password using a web-based password reset facility. Password Geneous-Reset further eases password reset user administration by integrating with Password Geneous-Sync to synchronize the password reset on all enterprise systems.
What is Self Help Password Reset?
Password Geneous-Reset provides self help password reset to allow users who forget their password to easily change or reset their password using a Web-based Password Self Reset facility. Password Geneous-Reset further eases password reset user administration by integrating with Password Geneous-Sync to synchronize the password reset on all enterprise systems.
What is Self Service Password Reset?
Password Geneous-Reset provides self service password reset to allow users who forget their password to easily change or reset their password using a web-based self-help password reset facility. Password Geneous-Reset further eases password reset user administration by integrating with Password Geneous-Sync to synchronize the password reset on all enterprise systems.
Is There a Web Based Password Reset?
Password Geneous-Reset provides web-based password reset to allow users who forget their password to easily change or reset their password using a web-based password reset facility. Password Geneous-Reset web-based password reset further eases password administration by integrating with Password Geneous-Sync to synchronize password resets on all enterprise systems.
What is GINA Overlay?
The purpose with GINA Overlay (Basic Authentication logon screen) is to allow a user to reset their password from the logon screen GINA Overlay (CTRL+ALT.+DEL.) without the needing to have access to a web browser.
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Web Identity Management and Provisioning Solution

 

ACCOUNT GENEOUS (AG) enables the enterprise to provision and manage user accounts and id’s with efficiency and enhanced security, without the difficult and costly implementation associated with user administration software products from other leading vendors. The ACCOUNT GENEOUS Identity and Security Management System gives you the possibility of a centralized Provisioning over your company’s heterogeneous range of systems. It is an “out-of-the box” web based solution that usually needs only minor adaptations or customization. It provides significantly better value than the systems from many other provisioning companies as it may be quickly and easily implemented with a minimum of additional services or consultancy. A multi-platform environment has been available for several years and includes native support for a number of UNIX platforms, OpenVMS and Windows. Geneous has continued to add additional platforms and more international companies have recognized the advantages of the product for in house solutions as well as for managed outsourced tasks and implemented accordingly.

 

ACCOUNT GENEOUS is a strong tool for provisioning and User Account Management. It has a built-in security, encryption, access and audit controls that protect your systems. It includes the ability to alter, revoke, resume and delete users as well as profiles for access control and domains for splitting access rights. With the ACCOUNT GENEOUS powerful report generator, it is easy to analyze account activity across multiple platforms. You can quickly identify control management “use and abuse” maintenance issues that may leave your systems vulnerable - such as full-privileged inactive accounts. Reports can be viewed online, or easily exported. The Report Manager gives exact information for a given time about “who did what to whom” in creation, deletion, enabling, disabling etc. These reports provide a valuable base for backing up, services rendered, billing department etc.

 

Web Password Management

 

Password Synchronization

 

Password Geneous-Sync (PGS) module: Password Synchronisation across multiple platforms and applications provides enhanced security and saves helpdesk costs. The same password is used for access to all platforms & all applications using best security policies & password changes are automatically propagated. Users no longer need to maintain lists of passwords. PGS does not require significant implementation work other than linking userids together according to editable mapping rules or to the subscriber-based mappings. This module may be installed on its own or implemented with Account Geneous.Reduced implementation effort.

 

Password Self-Reset

 

Password Geneous-Reset (PGR) module: Password Reset software- user self-reset of passwords to enhance security and save help desk calls. Users can reset their passwords without helpdesk intervention in multi or single-platform environments. Resets are enabled via a browser-based self-help utility. This module may be installed on its own or implemented with Account Geneous

 

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