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Citrix Ships MetaFrame Password Manager, Bolsters Security and Single Sign-On in MetaFrame Suite

  • 25 September, 2003 15:24

<p>Citrix Systems has announced the general availability of Citrix® MetaFrame® Password Manager. The single sign-on (SSO) and password security solution will enable businesses to simplify secure access to the on-demand enterprise, improving worker productivity, increasing network security and reducing help desk costs.</p>
<p>Additionally the product has garnered industry support, including from security providing partner RSA: “The growth of the mobile workplace -- and the extension of enterprise applications to remote workers -- continues to drive the need for increasingly robust security solutions,” said John Worrall, vice president of worldwide marketing at RSA Security. “Citrix and RSA Security have a long-standing strategic partnership to meet this need, working together to provide the seamless, transparent security demanded in today's complex IT environments. With the launch of Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager, Citrix adds another layer of value to our joint customers by eliminating security breaches and minimizing costs associated with password management through an effective single sign-on solution.”</p>
<p>For further information please contact Skye Eggleton or Julie Eubank +61 2 9904 4533 or pr@howorth.com.au.</p>
<p>CITRIX SHIPS METAFRAME PASSWORD MANAGER, BOLSTERS SECURITY AND SINGLE SIGN-ON IN METAFRAME SUITE</p>
<p>- New Product Simplifies Access, Increases the Security of Information Assets and Cuts Help Desk Costs for the On-Demand Enterprise -</p>
<p>FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – 25 September, 2003 – Citrix Systems, Inc., the global leader in access infrastructure solutions, today announced the general availability of Citrix® MetaFrame® Password Manager, rounding out the complete Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite that the company first announced in March 2003. The new access infrastructure product is the most efficient single sign-on (SSO) and password security solution for accessing password-protected applications. Developed to meet customer demand, Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager provides secure, easy, instant single sign-on access from anywhere, at anytime, using any device, over any network connection, to Windows®, Web, proprietary and host-based applications running in the MetaFrame Access Suite environment or on a variety of desktop clients. This enables businesses to simplify secure access to the on-demand enterprise, improving worker productivity, increasing network security and reducing help desk costs.</p>
<p>According to Gartner, identity and access management are among the top five security concerns for enterprise organisations today.[1] This increased focus on security, combined with the growing complexity of IT organisations, has led to ineffective password management and excessive help desk costs. Today, the average employee accesses a minimum of 20 password-protected applications in the course of his or her job function. Gartner reports that password-related problems account for nearly 25 percent of help desk calls and they estimate that if users reduced their passwords from five to one, calls to the help desk would decrease 80 to 85 percent.[2]</p>
<p>“We've standardised our enterprise on Citrix access infrastructure - due in large part to the company's demonstrated commitment to the success of its customers," said David Valcik, vice president of technical services for Beverly Enterprises. "As the nation's leading provider of healthcare services to the elderly, we're tasked with streamlining IT costs and addressing government regulations while delivering the highest level of care and service to patients and their families. Citrix is working with us to develop a personalised single-sign on component that delivers the 'office anywhere' to our caregivers while helping address HIPAA privacy and security requirements and workflow convenience. We are deploying Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager to offer superior password-security technology in the manner we've come to expect from Citrix - cost-effective, manageable and seamless to the user."</p>
<p>Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager sets a new industry standard for password security and single sign-on access. Unlike other password security and SSO products, Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager does not require complex scripting or application-level integration in order to support a full range of applications. Users authenticate once with a single password, and Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager does the rest: automatically logging users into any password-protected information system, enforcing password policies, monitoring all password-related events, and even automating end-user tasks, including password changes. Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager also helps eliminate the administrative burdens and implementation costs associated with other password security and SSO products, which require IT organisations to install the solution on each individual client device. Since Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager is built for the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite environment, it can be installed on a central server and deployed instantly to each user. Alternatively, the product can also be installed directly on individual desktops.</p>
<p>Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager is designed to work seamlessly with the other products of the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite, including:
- Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server: Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager provides single sign-on access to any number of password-protected applications deployed via Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server.
- Citrix MetaFrame Secure Access Manager: End users authenticate once and Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager passes through these credentials to any information and application resources available in the secure, personalised computing environment delivered through Citrix MetaFrame Secure Access Manager.
- Citrix MetaFrame Conferencing Manager: Through single sign-on access with Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager, end users can collaborate on multiple password-protected applications via Citrix MetaFrame Conferencing Manager.</p>
<p>“Understandably, there is a heightened focus on security, and organisations worldwide are urgently strengthening their security policies and technical defenses. At the same time, the challenge is steep because password management continues to increase in complexity as information systems proliferate, driving help desk costs into the stratosphere,” said Bob Kruger, senior vice president and chief technology officer for Citrix. “Add to these factors the growing number of users accessing those systems, the number of access devices they use, and their increasing mobility, and the burning need for a password security solution becomes apparent. Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager gives our customers a way to manage this complexity, to substantially reduce costs, to increase network security, and greatly simplify information access for workers.”</p>
<p>New Training Courses
Citrix Education will offer four professional training courses to support Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager. The first, available now, is an eLearning course designed for Citrix partners in sales, marketing, consulting and systems integration roles, detailing the selling and positioning of Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager including market needs and key customer benefits. Also available now is Citrix Security Fundamentals, an eLearning course designed to provide foundational knowledge of key security infrastructure concepts and Citrix product offerings that enable infrastructure security. The course addresses network security issues to ensure safe communication, data sharing and transaction processing both internally and externally.</p>
<p>A third eLearning course, currently in development for Q4 release, will provide a technical introduction to Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager. Also planned for availability in early Q4 through Citrix Authorised Learning Centres (CALCs), is a technical instructor-led administration course that will introduce IT professionals, including network and system administrators to key features and benefits of Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager and prepare them to install, administer and support the new product.</p>
<p>Citrix Education offers a robust curriculum of professional Instructor-Led Training (ILT) and eLearning courseware covering the entire MetaFrame Access Suite. Through award-winning courses, Citrix provides flexible, customisable learn-on-demand training solutions that give IT professionals the tools they need to deliver the on-demand enterprise to their organisations. For more information visit www.citrix.com/edu.</p>
<p>Licensing, Pricing and Availability
The launch of Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager also marks an important addition to the Citrix licensing model. To increase the choices available to customers, Citrix now offers a named-user licensing model for Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager, in addition to the concurrent-connected-user licensing model consistent with all other products in the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite.</p>
<p>Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager is available immediately at a suggested retail price of US$179 per concurrent-connected-user license. Under the named user licensing option, Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager is available at a suggested retail price of US$89 per license. Both licensing options include Citrix Subscription Advantage™, a service offering automatic, priority access to the latest product upgrades and enhancements.</p>
<p>For more information about Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager please contact the Citrix Solutions Network™ (CSN). Contact information for the CSN can be found at http://www.citrix.com.</p>
<p>About Citrix
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader in access infrastructure solutions and the most trusted name in enterprise access. Citrix software enables people in businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions to securely, easily and instantly access the on-demand enterprise, from anywhere, anytime, using any device, over any connection. Nearly 50 million people in more than 120,000 organisations rely on the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite to do their jobs. Citrix customers include 92% of Australia’s top 100 IT users, 100% of the Fortune 100 companies, 99% of the Fortune 500, and 92% of the Fortune Global 500. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Citrix has offices in 22 countries, and more than 7,000 channel and alliance partners in more than 100 countries. For more information visit http://www.citrix.com.</p>
<p>For Citrix Investors
This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with the company’s business involving the company’s products, their development and distribution, economic and competitive factors and the company’s key strategic relationships and other risks detailed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citrix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.</p>
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<p>[1] Ant Allan, research director, Gartner Research.</p>
<p>[2] Gartner Research, Password Management, Single Sign-On, and Authentication Management Infrastructure Products: Perspective, Ant Allan, January 7, 2003</p>

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