Symplified Trust Cloud Provides Unified Access Management Capabilities for Amazon EC2 Fabric

New product provides security for EC2 users, addresses global compliance hurdles

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Symplified, a cloud security company, has announced Symplified Trust Cloud -- a unified identity and access management (IAM) solution designed for enterprises using the Amazon EC2 (elastic compute cloud) platform to run their applications in the cloud. Symplified Trust Cloud enables organizations to meet U.S., European Union, and country-specific compliance mandates for data governance. It also accelerates the implementation of SAML single sign-on (SSO) federation and deploys IAM for cloud resources in days.

Symplified Trust Cloud is a turnkey unified IAM solution that provides access management, authentication, user provisioning, and administration, single sign-on (SSO), federated SSO, and usage auditing for applications running on the Amazon EC2 platform. It uses a proxy architecture to solve IAM challenges encountered when using Amazon EC2, such as integrating enterprise and cloud identity repositories to enforce security policies. Symplified Trust Cloud provides an integration fabric to link on-premises infrastructure such as Active Directory and ADFS 2.0 with SAML and cloud-identity data from salesforce.com, Google, etc., with Amazon EC2 hosted applications.

To make audit and compliance reporting for EC2 applications possible, Symplified Trust Cloud maintains and centralizes comprehensive usage logs of all activity on the Amazon platform. Because it is co-located on EC2 and uses a proxy approach, Symplified Trust Cloud buffers direct access to applications and provides an additional layer of security. This loosely coupled architecture also eliminates dependencies between Symplified Trust Cloud and Amazon EC2's infrastructure.

For multinational organizations that operate in different geographies, Symplified Trust Cloud helps to meet national and international data governance requirements. For example, an organization can deploy multiple instances of Symplified Trust Cloud in different geographies to comply with regulatory mandates that stipulate privacy data must remain within a sovereign country's borders or a trading bloc's territory (e.g., the European Union). Trust Cloud also enables companies to avoid having their identity repositories hosted in countries with far reaching law enforcement statutes.

Symplified Trust Cloud provides a pre-integrated federation hub that can add federated SSO to any EC2 Web application. This one-to-many federation model eliminates the need to implement federation software on each application in order to provide it with SSO capability. Applications are able to securely accept authenticated users through the Symplified Trust Cloud, which handles the SAML validation and decoding. Trust Cloud can federate with any SAML 1.1 and 2.0 application, and also uses HTTP-FED to provide federated SSO for applications that do not support SAML. Symplified Trust Cloud erases the need for federation software.

Symplified Trust Cloud is available immediately on Amazon EC2. For more information, visit www.thetrustcloud.com.