Centrify Delivers Day-One Active Directory-Based Security for OS X Lion

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[prMac.com] Sunnyvale, California - Centrify Corporation, the leading provider of security and compliance solutions that centrally control, secure and audit cross-platform systems and applications using Active Directory, today announced that its DirectControl for Mac offering supports the just-released Mac OS(R) X Lion operating system with Active Directory-based authentication, access control and Group Policy for users of Apple's latest OS X Lion release.

As Mac computers continue to move onto corporate desktops, IT managers are looking for a way to accommodate their users' choice of platform without having to add additional management infrastructure and hire or train additional staff. While IT desktop support personnel can centrally configure security, desktop and application settings for Windows users using Group Policy, sometimes Macs are still managed on an ad-hoc basis.

"There is a growing number of Mac users in enterprises today, and Centrify's Apple Mac support centralizes operations and strengthens security by creating a single point of administration for all systems and users in Active Directory," said David McNeely, Senior Director of Product Management at Centrify. "Lion is available today in the App Store for everyone to install on their machines, so providing OS X Lion support from day one was an important achievement in our support for enterprise organizations with growing Mac user populations."

The DirectControl for Mac solution, part of the Centrify Suite, enables administrators to utilize Active Directory and Windows Group Policy to centrally control Mac systems in the workplace. IT administrators can easily manage authentication, authorization and configuration of Mac OS X systems, as well as lock down the user's desktop environment, enabling the Mac to be easily integrated to the most complex Windows environments.

Pricing and Availability:
Centrify DirectControl for Mac OS X supports versions 10.5 through the current OS X Lion. It is currently available from Centrify and its partners and is priced at $60 (USD) for quantity one. The smart card support module is an additional $30 per system. Current Centrify Suite customers can download DirectControl for Mac by logging in to the Centrify Download Center. Users of Centrify Express, or those wanting to try Centrify's Active Directory authentication solution for Mac OS X, can download the free Centrify Express for Mac OS X.

Centrify delivers integrated software solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to cross-platform systems and applications by leveraging the infrastructure organizations already own - Microsoft Active Directory. From the data center and into the cloud, more than 3000 organizations, including 40 percent of the Fortune 50, rely on Centrify's identity consolidation and privilege management solutions to reduce IT expenses, strengthen security and meet compliance requirements. For more information about Centrify and its solutions, call +1 (408) 542-7500 or visit our website. Centrify, DirectAudit, DirectControl and DirectSecure are registered trademarks and DirectAuthorize and DirectManage are trademarks of Centrify Corporation in the United States and other countries. Apple, Mac, and Mac OS, are trademarks of Apple.