Centrify launches cloud service aimed at privileged accounts

The effort, called Centrify Privilege Service (CPS), is aimed at identity management for accounts where passwords are shared as well as individual.

Centrify on Tuesday launched a cloud service that's designed to lock down privileged accounts beyond internal information technology staff.

The effort, called Centrify Privilege Service (CPS), is aimed at identity management for accounts where passwords are shared as well as individual. Traditionally, a privileged account covers anyone who has admin access or control to a root account.

Today, the security gap from a business point of view also covers a person or team sharing one password to manage a Twitter account or a Salesforce admin. "Privileged users go beyond IT," said Bill Mann, chief product officer for Centrify.

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Privileged accounts provide access to a company's data and are often shared with third partners such as contractors and vendors. These accounts are often ripe for attacks on security from inside and outside an enterprise.

According to Centrify, the cloud suite provides similar capabilities to its on-premise server offering, but audits and manages identity for cloud and internal accounts without a VPN.

Features include emergency access to all servers and network devices, secure cloud access for remote workers and contractors without a VPN and resource management, session monitoring and shared password management.

Centrify's CPS is available in 15 languages. CPS will be available at the end of April and priced at $50 per month per privileged user.