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Novell SecureLogin Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant for Enterprise Single Sign-On

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WALTHAM, Mass. | September 29, 2008

Novell today announced it has been positioned in the leaders quadrant of Gartner, Inc.'s, "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Single Sign-On" by Gregg Kreizman, Sept. 18, 2008. The company's enterprise single sign-on solution (ESSO), Novell® SecureLogin, helps businesses manage the complex process of streamlining user access to company systems. SecureLogin enables employees to use a single, secure login to authenticate to corporate resources, virtually eliminating the need to manage multiple passwords and usernames and allowing enterprises to comply with regulations and reduce IT administration costs.

According to Gartner, enterprises continue to make tactical investments in ESSO to resolve the problem of users having too many passwords, with no relief in sight for the next two to three years. We [Gartner] typically see several types of password-reduction initiatives in progress in our clients' organizations that can help reduce password management burdens on users and support organizations:

  • Self-service password reset (SSPR) or synchronization
  • Harmonized and simplified password policies
  • Direct integration of stronger authentication with targets
  • Application authentication using Active Directory or Lightweight Directory Access
  • Protocol (LDAP)
  • Kerberos
  • Web single sign-on (SSO)
  • Identity federation

In August, Gartner also positioned Novell in the leaders quadrant of Gartner, Inc.'s, "Magic Quadrant for User Provisioning," by Earl Perkins and Perry Carpenter, August 15, 2008. Additionally, in October 2007, Gartner positioned Novell in the leaders quadrant of Gartner, Inc.'s, "Magic Quadrant for Web Access Management, 2H07" by Ray Wagner and Earl Perkins.

Novell SecureLogin ensures employees only have to remember one username and password to authenticate to an organization's resources and can be given easier and faster access to applications. The solution can be used as part of an advanced authentication system – such as biometrics, smart cards and proximity cards – to improve network security and help meet compliance mandates. With Novell SecureLogin, single sign-on access can be extended to numerous terminal, Java and Web applications across multiple operating platforms.

"We are pleased to be positioned in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, which in our opinion, demonstrates that Novell is developing best-of-breed technologies to help our customers improve employee productivity, comply with internal and external mandates and secure their heterogeneous IT environments," said Jim Ebzery, senior vice president and general manager for Identity and Security Management at Novell. "Novell SecureLogin can be integrated with other offerings in our portfolio of powerful identity, access management, and security and information event monitoring solutions, to provide customers with a holistic view of the people, policies and processes across their IT environment."

For more information about Novell's portfolio of identity and security management solutions, visit www.novell.com/identityandsecurity.

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About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrants are copyrighted 2007 and 2008 by Gartner, Inc. and are reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

1Gartner, Inc., “Magic Quadrant for User Provisioning” by Earl Perkins and Perry Carpenter, August 15, 2008.

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Email: cbetterley@novell.com



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