Ping Identity announced new capabilities in its PingFederate cloud identity management software that allow businesses to easily extend their existing security policies to cloud-based services.

PingFederate’s adaptive federation capabilities, including Authentication Rules, Authentication Chaining and Attribute Aggregation, make the cloud conform to existing identity security policies. Enterprises can apply their existing user authentication methods and user profile data to the cloud.

The latest version of the product, PingFederate 6.6, combines identity federation – which Ping says uses secure Internet single sign-on and creates a greater level of security -- with policy-based authentication to centralize access to all cloud applications. It allows organizations to mix and match authentication methods for customized cloud security, the company says.

“Mobile devices and social identity access are compounding the problems around cloud security," Sally Hudson, an analyst at IDC, said in a statement. “This is driving new requirements for solutions that enable enterprises to extend their existing authentication policies to the cloud.”

PingFederate also allows organizations to collect identity attributes from any number of sources, making complex attribute requirements more simple. Ping says companies that are currently using PingFederate can upgrade to the new version free of charge.



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