Enterprise SSO from anywhere

At the recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting (HIMSS11), Imprivata announced a new advancement in enterprise SSO for mobile and remote personnel.

The new OneSign Anywhere, an appliance that extends Imprivata's flagship OneSign device, provides mobile employees such as physicians with secure access to the applications they require, whether they are inside or outside the corporate firewall -- and does it without the need for a software agent on the remote user's access device.

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When I spoke to Imprivata CTO David Ting recently, he assured me that with OneSign Anywhere, users can enjoy the same SSO experience from any place and from a variety of unmanaged devices including Apple iPads and iPhones, Windows, Linux and MacOS devices giving them fast, secure access without requiring any agent installation or software on the client other than a browser. Essentially, any device with a browser and Internet access (my Nintendo Wii, for example, or my Kindle) can get to data and apps that require strong authentication.

Of course, those apps might not run on my Wii, nor display on my Kindle -- but if it can, I can run it.

OneSign Anywhere supports a number of strong authentication options including hardware tokens, soft tokens and phone-based authentication, such as PhoneFactor, to ensure only trusted users can access information and applications, and all existing access and authorization policies apply. OneSign Anywhere builds on the Imprivata OneSign solution allowing IT to retain a single point of administration and compliance reporting.

OneSign Anywhere is an add-on device; it does require that Imprivata's OneSign be installed also.

This could be useful in a number of different scenarios, not just health care.

But Imprivata also had some other announcements that Ting was ready to share with me, and of course with you.

They've partnered with Teradici to provide integration and interoperability of that company's PC-over-IP zero client devices with Imprivata's authentication and single sign-on software to enable health care providers to deploy VMware View virtual desktops with secure and rich-media hardware zero clients that provide clinicians with one-touch desktop roaming and strong authentication.

Also in health care, Imprivata announced that OneSign Virtual Desktop Access will be integrated with Dell's Mobile Clinical Computing platform for Dell customers using VMware View.

Again, these advances will benefit more than just health care -- they might even work well for you. Find out more at imprivata.com, and while you're there pick up a copy of their recent white paper "A Checklist for HIPAA & HITECH Compliance Mandates."

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