Friday Aug 24, 2012

Browser based UI Customization with Oracle Identity Management 11gR2

Business users need user interfaces that are not only friendly but also easily customizable. However the downside of any customization project is the cost and complexity involved in developing, testing, deploying, and managing custom code. And equally critical is the challenge of ensuring customizations stay intact through product upgrades.To overcome these challenges, Oracle Identity Management 11gR2 now includes a Durable UI Configuration Framework which lets customers make complex UI customizations all from with the confines of a web browser.

I recently sat down with Clayton Donley, Senior Director of Development for Oracle Identity and Access Management products. In this podcast, we examine how this new capability in Oracle Identity Management around browser based UI customization can reduce costs and complexity of customization while simplifying self service integration with corporate portal strategies. Click here to listen.

Monday Aug 20, 2012

Webcast: A Platform Approach to Privileged Account Management

Privileged accounts are critical accounts to secure and manage since they provide broad access to systems and sensitive corporate information. Failure to manage privileged accounts can result in data breaches, theft, compliance violations, and service outages. The challenge customers have is that multiple people know the passwords to these high risk accounts  hence making it impossible to be able to audit and trace the usage to a single person. Because privileged accounts are not tied to specific people, they cannot be readily centralized in an enterprise user directory. Detecting inappropriate access to privileged accounts and determining which individuals in a team of administrators participated in unauthorized activities is extremely challenging. Another challenge facing organizations is management of a large number of administrative accounts in a secure, efficient, and scalable way.

Today managing privileged access is not well defined. Organizations are relying on solutions that either don't scale, introduce risk or are expensive. Manual solutions like spreadsheets are error-prone and do not scale and they lead to lack of accountability. The impact is reduced productivity and an approach that does not scale beyond a department level. Some organizations overlook the problem. In some cases, sensitive systems and root account passwords are not changed. Using Default passwords is risky and prone to abuse. Others deploy point solutions for specific systems. A patchwork of point solutions can result in higher integration costs. There is no visibility across all privileged access. There is no way to monitor and report on access. There is no way to centralize policy control across departments or multiple systems.

To overcome these challenges, Oracle recently introduced Oracle Privileged Account Manager as part of our Identity Governance solution set. Oracle Privileged Account Manager relies on a unique platform approach to reduce costs and risk while enabling organizations to scale shared account management to thousands of users across a myriad number of systems. By combining advanced policy-based and automated password management capabilities with comprehensive auditing and reporting features, Oracle Privileged Account Manager delivers highly-secure and simplified password administration to shared accounts, while further streamlining identity compliance reporting. Oracle Privileged Account Manager can also significantly reduce identity management costs, deployment times and audit deficiencies.

To learn more about Oracle's platform approach to Privileged Account Management and how it can help organizations manage risk access and compliance, join us for a live webcast Thu Aug 23 at 9am PT/12pm ET by clicking here.

Register here for the webcast.

When: Aug 23 9am PT/12pm ET 

Friday Aug 10, 2012

Webcast: Managing Compliance with Privileged Account Management

Privileged accounts are the most powerful accounts in an organization. But they are also the most difficult to regulate and control. So organizations are faced with a tough tradeoff between balancing productivity and security. Failure to manage privileged accounts can result in data breaches, theft, compliance violations, and service outages. The challenge organizations have is that multiple people know the passwords to these high risk accounts making it impossible to be able to audit and trace the usage to a single person.  As people move into cloud environments, this problem gets worse. 

Privileged account management in most organizations today happens to be fragmented and many of the tools used to manage privileged accounts lack the automation to re-mediate and change privileged access in a timely fashion. Join us for a live webcast on Aug 23 at 9am PT/12pm ET where we will discuss how taking a platform approach can help organizations reduce risk, improve compliance and unlock the complete potential of privileged accounts.

This webcast will cover:

· Challenges associated with managing high risk access

· Benefits of a Platform approach to privileged account management

· Privileged account management use case scenarios and best practices

Attendees will also get a chance to interact and get their questions answered live by an Oracle expert.

Register here for the webcast.

When: Aug 23 9am PT/12pm ET 

Thursday Aug 09, 2012

Unified Inbox for Pending Tasks with Oracle Identity Management 11gR2

[Guest post by Rajesh Pakkath] 

In a typical Identity Management deployment, users are required to perform certain tasks like acting on requests pending approval, flagging a manual fulfillment as complete or certifying user access on a periodic basis. These critical tasks need to be acted upon in a timely fashion, but can easily get out of control by the volume of tasks generated for various identity and governance functions. Oracle Identity Governance solution offers a feature rich email folder style inbox for request approvals and manual fulfillment tasks where all pending tasks can be easily viewed, prioritized and acted upon. This solution is based on Oracle’s SOA Task List and offers the following benefits to business users.

  • Simplified Request Tracking:
  • A request tracking feature provides customers an end-to-end visibility on the request from its initiation to fulfillment. Detailed information of the request along with a visual representation of the workflow provides the requester to see the status of their request and approvers to view all required details before taking a decision.
  • Enhanced Approval Management:
  • With a single and unified inbox of all pending tasks, business users can now make use of priority queues and user defined views to filter and take decisions on tasks based on priority. This greatly increases usability to business users and reduces rubber stamping of approvals and certifications. Within the same console, requesters can withdraw their request and Approvers can reassign, escalate or request for additional information.
  • Streamlined business usage:
  • Requesters and approvers can further enrich requests by adding comments and attachments. Mobile users can approve or reject requests directly from their email without logging into the self service console.

These features simplify the day to day tasks of business users’ thereby increasing user productivity and overall operational efficiency of an enterprise.

To learn more about this and other Oracle Identity Governance solutions, click here


Oracle Identity Management is a complete and integrated next-generation identity management platform that provides breakthrough scalability; enables organizations to achieve rapid compliance with regulatory mandates; secures sensitive applications and data regardless of whether they are hosted on-premise or in a cloud; and reduces operational costs. Oracle Identity Management enables secure user access to resources anytime on any device.


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