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New Oracle Identity Management Software Strengthens Security Across Diverse Operating Systems

Oracle(R) Authentication Services for Operating Systems Centralizes User Authentication for Linux and Unix Based Environments REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oracle today announced the immediate availability of Oracle(R) Authentication Services for Operating Systems, a new offering within Oracle Identity Management, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020718/ORCLLOGO) -- Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems is software that centralizes user management and authentication across major Linux and Unix flavors. -- Traditionally, organizations have had to store and manage access and identity information locally on individual Linux or Unix servers throughout their enterprise. With Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems, IT managers can now centralize this information in a single corporate directory resulting in improved management while end users can access enterprise applications as well as Linux or Unix servers through a single sign-on login. -- Organizations with Unix or Linux servers can benefit from Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems by being able to easily enforce consistent security and compliance policies across these systems. For example, administrators and auditors can now centrally disable accounts or more easily report orphaned accounts, which helps ensure that administrator access is compliant with organizational policies. -- Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems, part of the Oracle Directory Services offering, is based on open standards and includes the following features and complementary directory components: * Tight integration with Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) on Unix and Linux operating systems, including Oracle Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), Sun Solaris, IBM AIX and HPUX. * Tools and scripts to configure both PAM and Oracle Internet Directory components for a simplified migration and native security between network endpoints. * Oracle Internet Directory, built on the Oracle Database, which securely stores and distributes data pertaining to users, groups, roles and entitlements across the enterprise. * Oracle Virtual Directory, which accesses identity information contained in several identity sources and presents it to the application as a single data source. -- Strong and flexible password policy support that helps ensure users are selecting stronger passwords and changing them regularly. Supporting Quotes "Business-critical applications are not secure unless the underlying operating system is secure," said Mark Diodati, Senior Identity and Privacy Analyst, Burton Group. "It's like building a house on a cracked foundation. Scalable operating system security includes authenticating users, controlling access to resources, and doing these things across multiple, heterogeneous systems."

Oracle(R) Authentication Services for Operating Systems Centralizes User Authentication for Linux and Unix Based Environments REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Oracle today announced the immediate availability of Oracle(R) Authentication Services for Operating Systems, a new offering within Oracle Identity Management, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020718/ORCLLOGO) — Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems is software that centralizes user management and authentication across major Linux and Unix flavors. — Traditionally, organizations have had to store and manage access and identity information locally on individual Linux or Unix servers throughout their enterprise. With Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems, IT managers can now centralize this information in a single corporate directory resulting in improved management while end users can access enterprise applications as well as Linux or Unix servers through a single sign-on login. — Organizations with Unix or Linux servers can benefit from Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems by being able to easily enforce consistent security and compliance policies across these systems. For example, administrators and auditors can now centrally disable accounts or more easily report orphaned accounts, which helps ensure that administrator access is compliant with organizational policies. — Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems, part of the Oracle Directory Services offering, is based on open standards and includes the following features and complementary directory components: * Tight integration with Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) on Unix and Linux operating systems, including Oracle Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), Sun Solaris, IBM AIX and HPUX. * Tools and scripts to configure both PAM and Oracle Internet Directory components for a simplified migration and native security between network endpoints. * Oracle Internet Directory, built on the Oracle Database, which securely stores and distributes data pertaining to users, groups, roles and entitlements across the enterprise. * Oracle Virtual Directory, which accesses identity information contained in several identity sources and presents it to the application as a single data source. — Strong and flexible password policy support that helps ensure users are selecting stronger passwords and changing them regularly. Supporting Quotes

"Business-critical applications are not secure unless the underlying operating system is secure," said Mark Diodati, Senior Identity and Privacy Analyst, Burton Group. "It's like building a house on a cracked foundation. Scalable operating system security includes authenticating users, controlling access to resources, and doing these things across multiple, heterogeneous systems."

"Although the challenge of effectively and efficiently managing access to mission critical applications deployed on Linux and Unix is not new to organizations, this is an area that security and identity vendors have failed to address until now," said Hasan Rizvi, vice president, Identity Management and Security Products, Oracle. "Today, Oracle is filling the void by delivering Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems, which allows administrators to easily centralize authentication and user data management throughout the organization."

Supporting Resources

Features from Oracle Magazine

Intelligence and Identity (http://www.oracle.com/technology/oramag/oracle/08-jan/o18identity.html) Oracle Expert Blogs Roger Sullivan (http://blogs.oracle.com/rogersullivan/ ) Nishant Kaushik (http://blogs.oracle.com/talkingidentity/ ) Mark Wilcox (http://blogs.oracle.com/mwilcox/ ) Podcasts, Webcasts and Videos Thomas Kurian on Identity Management (www.oracle.com/products/middleware/middleware-pov.html )

Oracle Fusion Middleware Radio: Achieving Application Security and Compliance with Identity Management (http://tinyurl.com/35myww )

Internet Seminar: Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems (http://tinyurl.com/2ueb6x )

Related Resources

Oracle Previews Centralized Security and User Authentication Services for Linux (www.oracle.com/corporate/press/2007_aug/preview-authentication- services.html?rssid=rss_ocom_pr )

Oracle Authentication Services for Operating Systems (www.oracle.com/technology/products/oid/oracleauthenticationservices.html )

Oracle Virtual Directory (www.oracle.com/products/middleware/identity-management/virtual-directory.html )

Independent Analyst Reports Regarding Oracle Software (www.oracle.com/corporate/analyst/reports/index.html )

Download Oracle Software (www.oracle.com/technology/software/index.html )

About Oracle Identity Management

Serving as the security backbone for Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Identity Management helps customers and partners decrease security threats across diverse IT environments while helping address governance, risk and compliance needs. Oracle Identity Management was the market's fastest growing suite of Identity Management products in 2006, based on total software revenues worldwide. Oracle Identity Management's support of industry standards such as WS*, XACML, SAML and SPML helps enable customers and partners to more easily integrate applications with the framework. The family of best-in-class software includes Oracle Identity Manager, Oracle Access Manager, Oracle Adaptive Access Manager, Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite, Oracle Identity Federation, Oracle Role Manager, Oracle Virtual Directory, Oracle Internet Directory, Oracle Management Pack for Identity Management and Oracle Web Services Manager; all of which can be used in its entirety or as individual components. To learn more, visit http://www.oracle.com/identity.

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