What if you and your employees could use one user name and password across all the web applications you use? Intel (INTC) and McAfee (the security software company Intel acquired in 2011) are rolling out software for providing such single sign-on across all software-as-a-service applications, with user names and passwords stored and managed in Salesforce’s cloud utility, Force.com. This is the first in a series of cloud computing security products Intel has planned. It already has an on-premise identity management product called McAfee Identity Manager.

The new product, which is called Identity and Access Management-as-a-Service, is meant to help companies that seek the lower cost and quicker deployment of saas applications but balk at the security implications. "One of the biggest challenges of moving to a cloud/saas environment is getting a level of control on who’s accessing what information when," says Girish Juneja, director of application security and identity products at Intel.

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