CA integrates with SAP NetWeaver to streamlines secures access offering

CA Technologies has this week announced that its CA SiteMinder web access management solution is now an SAP-endorsed business solution. Also aligning with the security features in the SAP NetWeaver technology platform, CA SiteMinder is able to control user access to SAP applications and provide development team managers and web focused DBAs with the ability to manage user authentication and authorization for critical web applications.

The company says that by centralizing the management of key services, security silos that typically create increased security risks and high administration costs can be eliminated. There is also an option to produce a full report of user access to simplify compliance audits. CA SiteMinder is said to provide web “single sign-on” across a given IT environment to help simplify user access and reduce IT administration costs.

“Moving applications online and into the cloud brings significant advantages, but it also invites security risks that CA SiteMinder helps manage,” said Mike Denning, general manager for security at CA Technologies. “SAP’s endorsement of CA SiteMinder underscores how the product helps control which users can access which web and portal applications on a day to day basis.”

As part of the agreement between CA Technologies and SAP, the companies say that they will use the same support system for joint customers. So when attempting to handle incidents logged by those customers, CA Technologies support staff and SAP support staff will use the SAP global support backbone to deliver a support structure.

“Collaborating with partners like CA Technologies is key to the SAP ecosystem strategy to provide additional choices and flexibility to our customers, including a secure, robust and comprehensive business application environment,” said SAP AG’s Sanjay Katyal. “Businesses are demanding a seamless and secure user experience on-premise, on-demand and on-device. We believe that CA SiteMinder can deliver an added level of security across these environments, complementary to SAP strategy for identity and access management.”

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Adrian Bridgwater a freelance journalist specialising in cross platform software application development, software engineering and project management. Adrian has worked as a freelance technology journalist for nearly two decades. His work has been published in various international publications including the Wall Street Journal, CNET.com, The Register, ComputerWeekly.com, BBC World Service magazines, eWeek Europe, Imagine's Web Designer magazine, Linux User and Developer, Silicon.com, the British Computer Society, Microscope, Heise’s “The H” online, the UAE’s Khaleej Times & Maktoob Business & ITP.net and SYS-CON’s Web Developer Journal and PowerBuilder Developer Journal. He has worked as technology editor for international travel & retail magazines and also produced annual technology industry reviews for UK-based publishers ISC. He is also a published travel and food writer for the BBC and has lived and worked abroad for 10 years in Tanzania, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and the United States.