Securant retools ClearTrust for e-commerce apps

Securant Technologies is making substantial changes to the next version of its Web-centric access control product, ClearTrust SecureControl, to allow it to better support e-commerce applications.

Company CTO Eric Olden said the server-based ClearTrust authentication controls work well in Web-based applications, but require considerable customization to be able to work easily with e-commerce applications from vendors such as Siebel Systems, PeopleSoft, Ariba or SAP.

Securant is working on a new "middleware layer" for ClearTrust SecureControl so it can accommodate the various authentication schemes supported by different e-commerce applications, Olden said. The goal is to achieve a broader single sign-on capability.

Olden said Securant aims to have the product retooled by midyear. The alterations will involve making use of XML to be able to combine data from diverse sources.

This week, Securant also announced the availability of ClearTrust SecureControl 4.6. This latest version adds: support for IBM's eBusiness platform, including the RACF mainframe security system; support for BEA Systems, Citrix and iPlanet server software; and software plug-ins for protecting Web resources on AIX, Domino Web servers, WebSphere applications and the WebSphere OS/90 Web Server without having to rewrite Java applications to support the authentication process. Pricing starts at US$20 per user.

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