Oracle Revamps ID Management Tools

Oracle released an updated version of its user authentication package on Aug. 16, adding a range of tools gained via the company’s acquisitions and its work to build additional security measures into other products.

The database giant says that the updated authentication suite—called Oracle Identity Management 10g Release 3—better addresses the end-to-end process of creating, assigning and managing systems access tasks, helping customers streamline their operations and simplify regulatory compliance. The package includes applications meant to oversee IT systems access control, identity administration, user provisioning and directory services capabilities.

Described by the company as “the security backbone” for its Oracle Fusion Middleware, the package specifically includes the software maker’s Identity Manager, Access Manager, Virtual Directory, Internet Directory, Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite, Identity Federation and Web Services Manager products.

Many of the improvements offered in the latest iteration of the identity management suite were derived from Oracle’s acquisitions of high-profile enterprise software makers such as PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems, according to the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based database specialist. Along with software systems made by those companies, the Identity Management 10g Release 3 can also be plugged directly into enterprise software made by Oracle rival SAP.

Specific modifications to the package include new ID auditing and compliance management tools built into the Identity Manager module, which was formerly known as Oracle Xellerate Identity Provisioning. Additions to the Access Manager, formerly labeled as Oracle COREid Access and Identity, include advanced password management capabilities and so-called “shared-secret” enhancements, which aim to improve security between software components by allowing the programs to pool related information.

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