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Nov. 30, 2007

With CA IAM R-12, Computer Associates (CA) promises to reduce barriers of certain regulatory compliance by automating identity access management-related controls and providing security policy analysis and reporting capabilities.

Computer Associates SOA Security Manager R-12 enables IT organizations to centrally manage the security of their enterprise SOA and Web services deployments by inspecting security information contained in XML documents submitted by service consumers to determine access, CA officials said.

Additionally, CA's new security solution will allow for the extension of identity access management capabilities to business services across the enterprise. The company's plan is to roll out IAM R-12 in phases, with the first featuring CA SOA Security Manager and new versions of CA SiteMinder and CA Directory.

What's more, through the SOA Security Gateway, it provides a proxy-based security policy enforcement point, mitigation of XML malware threats, and automated routing and protocol translation, officials added.

"SOA deployments, when taken to their logical ends, will be more distributed and diverse that any other previous IT architecture and managing access to these services will be particularly challenging," CA officials said.

"Applications will also be assembled from a mix of services, some of which will be provided by outside organizations. The overall management of security will have to occur across organizational boundaries. If we don't manage security centrally, the risk of building security silos becomes very great and is something that will make securing SOAs untenable."

The new version of CA SiteMinder Web Access Manager includes new policy analysis and reporting capabilities and improved support for federation with devices with nontraditional browsers such as mobile phones.

In the upgraded CA Directory, the company has added, among other things, more granular audit logging to ease regulatory compliance controls and support for dynamic roles for greater administrative flexibility, CA officials said.

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Source: eWeek



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