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RSA unveils new business tools

The security software maker will offer new tools it says can provide secure access to Web applications via a single sign-on.

RSA Security announced on Monday new software that's designed to help companies provide secure access to Web applications via a single sign-on.

The security software maker's new ClearTrust v5.5 uses management module technology it licenses from Thor Technologies. The release is part of RSA's identity and access management strategy, Nexus. RSA is planning to integrate its products into an identity management system that will be compliant with Liberty Alliance Project software--the main rival to Microsoft's Passport.

The identity authority component of ClearTrust--based on Security Assertions Markup Language (SAML)--will let customers use identities across business boundaries. The software also features digital signatures, certificate validation and authentication mapping between different sites. Rules for real-time authorization can be set, based on attributes from multiple sources like databases and directories.

The company said the new package supports Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and provides single sign-on capability to Microsoft operating systems via integration with the new Kerberos Protocol Transition capability.

The new product will be available at the end of this month, but pricing was not released. Advanced user management and federated identity management modules will be available in the last quarter of the year.