With the onslaught of cloud applications and services, IT teams need to more quickly and easily manage the workload in a controlled, secure and automated environment.
By delivering a consistent single sign-on experience to users, protecting corporate data and helping to meet compliance demands, NetIQ’s CloudAccess 1.1 facilitates additional business enabling cloud services affordably and without the management complexity and security risks associated with ad-hoc access controls
Cloud-based applications and services contracted by business users usually circumvent existing IT controls,” says Connie Grobler, technical specialist for Identity and Security Management at NetIQ South Africa.
“This makes it difficult to ensure that users have uniquely appropriate access, bearing in mind that industry analyst Gartner indicates that SaaS and cloud-based application services could grow to more than 233-billion US dollars by 2016.”

Grobler points out that CloudAccess 1.1 is a self-contained virtual appliance enabling IT teams to extend the user’s single sign-on experience to SaaS or other cloud applications while maintaining secure access.
It has feature-rich connectors that automatically guide users to popular Cloud-based applications such as Google Apps, Salesforce and Office365 as well as some 200 verified connectors to SAM-enabled cloud applications. A connector toolkit is included, allowing IT personnel and partners to extend such federation capabilities to any SAML enabled third party SaaS applications.
“CloudAccess 1.1 includes an advanced provisioning engine that automatically creates, manages and disables accounts on supported applications. As users on board change roles, require additional access or leave the business, CloudAccess ensures that IT can secure and manage access to Cloud-based applications to prevent unauthorised access.”
Grobler stresses that CloudAccess 1.1 delivers much more than cloud single sign-on.
“It simplifies IT’s ability to successfully turn SaaS, mobility and other disruptive trends into business-enabling opportunities including the ability to rapidly adopt new Cloud services without compromising existing access controls, security best practices and compliance requirements.”