Access management hits Web applications

Access management issues were the focus of a pair announcements yesterday, one by Waveset Technologies and another by BMC Software and Securant Technologies.

Issues affecting access management have ranged from growing concern over outdated or lingering employee accounts to the need to centralise management and provisioning of user access to Web-based applications and legacy systems.

Waveset Technologies, which is headed by a group of former Tivoli executives, opened for business this week brandishing Waveset Lighthouse, its initial product to help customers pinpoint, centralise, or enable data access across an enterprise to multiple parties, including partners, customers, and internal staff.

Also this week, BMC Software and Securant Technologies unveiled a partnership to integrate BMC's Control-SA security management product suite with Securant's ClearTrust SecureControl access management system, which enables control over user access and provisioning for Web-based applications, the companies said in a statement. The integration will be completed this year.

The capability to open and push Web-enabled applications outside of the network, while still maintaining internal user management and access, is putting pressure on businesses to cope with the influx of diverse access requests, said Roberta J. Witty, research director at Gartner.

"Certainly there is a need to manage user access for internal and external users," Witty said. "It's becoming a problem for many organizations just because of the volume of users they need to manage."

Taking an approach built on combining risk analysis, self-service management, Web single sign-on, and centralized directory management, Waveset Lighthouse features four "smart services" within the product, according to Waveset CEO Mike Turner.

Getting traditional mainframe infrastructures to fit seamlessly with Web-based applications and share an integrated user access management solution is better off being handled sooner than later, Waveset CEO Mike Turner said.