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Securent Adds Solution for SharePoint

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Securent, Inc., the award-winning leader in the Entitlement Management market, today announced that it is first in the industry to deliver an entitlement management solution supporting Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, enabling organizations to deploy SharePoint while meeting security and compliance requirements.

Securent’s new release of its standards-based Entitlement Management Solution (EMS) enables organizations to consistently manage, enforce, and audit access control policies to any SharePoint resource, including documents or document libraries, lists, search queries and web parts. With Securent’s out-of-the-box solution for MOSS 2007, security is logically separated from site content and can be configured and audited by local and remote administrators. Enterprise, department, and individual SharePoint sites and applications now have the delegated fine-grained authorization and centralized visibility that are required to meet enterprises’ security, compliance, and risk management mandates.

Unveiled in Booth No. 355 at Tech·Ed 2007 this week, Securent will demonstrate the security and compliance benefits that entitlement management brings to SharePoint environments.

Companies are challenged today with balancing access to collaboration tools such as SharePoint with the need to safeguard confidential information and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. SharePoint’s native security model, based on the pre-establishment of static permissions applied to individuals or groups, is optimized for personal sites, not enterprise deployments. With SharePoint deployed broadly, enterprises suffer from a number of security and compliance shortfalls. These issues include difficulty in enforcing enterprise-wide policies, especially policies based on dynamic or resource attributes. Costs are also high for manually mapping users or groups to permissions and enforcing access control policies consistently between SharePoint and the rest of the enterprise IT and application infrastructure.

According to Forrester Research’s Kyle McNabb, principal analyst, “Perhaps the biggest concern with SharePoint Server 2007 is its inability to apply policies globally to all the federated SharePoint libraries that exist within an enterprise. Many enterprises have numerous instances of SharePoint sites scattered throughout departments and teams. These sites contain a wide mix of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that can benefit from improved policy management. Microsoft’s policy management support for these assets rests within each individual instance of SharePoint. There’s no easy way for an enterprise to define a global policy for the management of contracts within SharePoint and ensure that each SharePoint library adheres to this policy.”1

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