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Sun Microsystems Launches Identity Compliance Manager


Delivers Low-Cost Solution With Advanced Features To Help Customers Achieve Proven ROI In 90 Days

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced the availability of Sun Identity Compliance Manager, a simple and cost-effective solution to help customers better manage business and compliance risks, as well as the costs associated with certifying, auditing and reporting user access to data and applications. With Sun Identity Compliance Manager, customers can expect to significantly lower the cost of achieving compliance, improve their overall security and risk position and see ROI within 90 days. To purchase Sun Identity Compliance Manager, visit: and to view Sun’s ROI calculator, visit:

Most companies still rely on manual and inefficient processes to achieve identity compliance. Sun Identity Compliance Manager enables customers to automate controls and reporting associated with access, allowing them to implement complete and repeatable audits. Organizations can also use Sun Identity Compliance Manager to monitor changes in user access as they occur and correct erroneous access immediately. As a result, customers can maintain compliance and mitigate potential business risks in near real-time.

“With the addition of Sun Identity Compliance Manager, Sun continues to solidify our leadership position in the identity management market,” said Mark Herring, vice president of marketing, Software Infrastructure, Sun Microsystems. “With tight IT budgets, tougher regulations and security mandates to protect against internal and external threats, Sun Identity Compliance Manager offers customers an effective and automated solution to manage their challenging compliance needs head-on and potentially cut their compliance costs in half.”

Sun Identity Compliance Manager also integrates with leading user provisioning solutions, allowing companies to avoid costly duplication. With this integration, customers are able to take advantage of existing connections to the applications provisioned by these systems for both collecting access data and for completing remediation requests.

Highlights of Sun Compliance Manager include:

* Access Certification: Automates the consolidation and correlation of identity and access data across the enterprise, presents the collected data to the appropriate business owner for review and captures the audit trail of the entire process. The process for certifying access assigned to a user may be scheduled flexibly based on any segmentation of the user population, as well as triggered automatically based on important events that occur during a user’s lifecycle, such as: on-boarding, transfers, off-boarding, etc.
* Entitlement Glossary: Allows customers to capture, assign and manage descriptions of often cryptic IT entitlements in simple business terms. This helps ensure that business managers understand what they are reviewing and avoid “rubber stamping” their decisions.
* Segregation of Duties Enforcement: Offers the ability to define and enforce security policies both within and across applications, delivering a comprehensive and out-of-the-box solution that enforces limits on the control one employee can have over key financial transactions.
* Remediation Tracking and Validation: Allows users to initiate a request to correct erroneous access. These requests may be propagated automatically as part of change management systems, user provisioning systems or via email. Sun Identity Compliance Manager tracks the requests, validates the correction and captures the associated audit trail.
* Compliance Dashboards and Reporting: Offers a number of compliance dashboards and reports that provide the compliance process owner with the relevant information needed to help ensure that proper controls are in place and the associated evidence is collected.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Benefits from Sun’s Compliance Solution

“Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has used Sun’s compliance offering for several user access review cycles. These reviews have included roles and exception access for more than 60 applications across our enterprise,” said Craig Cooper, senior project manager, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. “Sun’s technology presents technical access information in a uniform, easy to understand format and includes a business defined definition to each role or entitlement reviewed.”

Pricing & Availability

Sun Identity Manager is available immediately with a base price of $75,000 (USD) in addition to a small fee per user. Subscription-base pricing is also available.

Sun’s Comprehensive Identity Management Portfolio

In the past six months, Sun has updated its entire identity management portfolio, offering a complete identity management solution that provides open access, open source and open standards. Sun’s identity management suite includes the following products: Sun Role Manager, Sun Compliance Manager, Sun Identity Manager and Sun OpenSSO Enterprise. Sun technology manages billions of user identities worldwide for more than 5,000 organizations, including many Fortune 100 companies. Sun received an overall positive(1) in Gartner’s Vendor Rating report from June 27, 2008. For information on Sun’s identity management portfolio, visit:

Sun at Burton Catalyst EMEA Conference

Sun will be hosting a hospitality suite and showcasing demos of its complete identity management portfolio at the Burton Catalyst EMEA Conference on Tuesday, October 21, at the Hilton Prague Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic, from 6-9 p.m. To register for the hospitality suite, visit:

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