CA to Boot Unused User IDs

Computer Associates acquired an identity management tool for mainframes that removes outdated and foreign access rights. CA said it bought eTrust Cleanup software from security provider InfoSec for an undisclosed sum.

The purchase gives CA another weapon in the fight against Web-based hacking and virus attacks. The tool should also help the Islandia, N.Y., company’s customers better meet government regulations and requirements for consumer privacy.

Cleanup will complement eTrust Admin suite for connected computers, which provisions user access rights, such as IDS, on a network. Admin also removes those rights.

Cleanup lets customers automate their deprovisioning processes to limit exposure to security breaches, which is the main reason why CA bought the software. Cleanup limits human mistakes that leave unfettered access to computers by terminated or absent employees.

The tool also helps customers keep in lockstep with regulatory compliance rules, using a role-based structure to help businesses meet requirements from the Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC 17a-4 and HIPAA acts for retaining securing personal data.

The deal is also a natural fit because CA resold Cleanup as a third-party item for two years before acquiring the product. eTrust Cleanup supports z/OS and z/OS.e systems.

With the news Tuesday, CA joined a parade of software vendors bulking up security suites with identity management and/or single sign-on software.

Oracle bought security software maker Oblix Monday while CA rival BMC Software OpenNetworks last Wednesday.

CA already has comprehensive single sign-on service software, courtesy of its purchase
of Netegrity last fall, a move that allows the company to shuttle Web
services securely across disparate systems and devices.

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