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Centrify provides AD integration for iOS and embeds in Samsung devices

Centrify announced new products to provide single sign-on to Active Directory for iOS and Android devices and "Zero Sign-on" for browser-based applications and rich mobile apps. Centrify also announced that Samsung that will embed Centrify's technology in its Android-based devices, providing security, mobile device management and mobile application management. Another new feature, mobile container management, uses Active Directory to separate personal apps from the enterprise.

Centrify for Mobile 2013 and Centrify for SaaS 2013 enables the use of Active Directory for authenticating mobile devices and mobile applications, including cloud-based software-as-a-service applications. The system uses Centrify Cloud Service to facilitate Active Directory-based authentication for mobile apps and web applications, referring to it as "zero sign-in" authentication The Active Directory authentication covers log-in to other cloud services, including Office 365, Google, Salesforce, and Amazon Cloud Services. Centrify Cloud Service works with Centrify's software, which provides single sign-on for local network-based services. The new software also works with Centrify's DirectControl software, which integrates Macs into Active Directory.

For single sign-on to web sites, Centrify for Mobile provides a MyCentrify app for iOS and Andriod. Centrify's mobile authentication software developers kit can be used to provide sign-on services for custom mobile apps.

Centrify for Mobile 2013 and Centrify for SaaS 2013 also add new mobile device management features that leverage existing Active Directory systems, including deployment and group policy enforcement. For iOS devices, Centrify now uses Apple Configurator to create the baseline security profile, and enables IT to lock down iOS devices while still providing centralized remote device management. For Android, Centrify supports Samsung Enterprise V4 MDM settings for complete control.

Centrify for Mobile 2013 provides a single web console to manage mobile devices, web apps, SaaS web apps, and custom mobile apps. Administrators provision mobile apps based on Active Directory users and groups, and provide mass deployment and supervision of iOS devices.

Centrify for Mobile is available now for $3 per device per year. This cost includes technical support feature updates. Centrify for SaaS 2013 is available for $4 per user per month.

Centrify embedded in Samsung Knox

Samsung and Centrify announced that the mobile phone company is licensing Centrify's mobile software as the core of Samsung Knox, a new feature that is included in some of the company's mobile devices as part of its Samsung for Enterprises program Currently, Knox is available on the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II.

Centrify refers to the main feature of Knox as "mobile container management." The Centrify software provides zero sign-on to the apps in the Knox environment.

For the user, Knox essentially divides a phone or tablet into to function parts, one for personal apps and a secure space for work. Users access the Knox container through an icon on the home screen to gain access to enterprise applications, including email, browser, contacts, calendars, file-sharing, and collaboration. In addition to the apps that ship with the Samsung device, organizations can add their own apps to the container. Third-party developers can also build apps that are Knox-aware. Apps that the user downloads donŐt have access to Knox or company network resources.

Samsung Knox devices work with Centrify's Active Directory integration software for PC and handheld devices. Centrify also offers a software developers kit for the companyÕs mobile authentication services, to enable app developers to support Centrify's Active Directory-based zero sign-on inside Samsung KNOX containers.

The Samsung-Centrify OEM licensing deal could have a major impact for both companies. For Centrify, the deal with Samsung represents a potentially hefty expansion of its market share, with its software having the potential of being installed on tens of millions of devices within a year.

For Samsung, the separation of enterprise and personal data on company-owned and employee-owned devices could be a potent weapon against Apple and Blackberry in the Bring-Your-Own-Device space. While Apple's iOS has no feature similar to Knox, the new Blackberry 10 OS has a nearly identical built-in enterprise security feature called Balance. As with Samsung Knox, Blackberry Balance provides the user with separate personal and enterprise spaces. Blackberry 10, which is focused at business markets, is aimed at making a come-back for the once dominant smartphone OS.