Security collaboration promises cost savings

Accenture and Sun Microsystems have unveiled a set of products they say will help businesses and governments protect information systems from security threats at an average 20% reduction in cost

Accenture and Sun Microsystems have unveiled a set of products they say will help businesses and governments protect information systems from security threats at an average 20% reduction in cost.

The claim is based on field tests with pilot customers in the insurance, retail, chemicals, telecoms and food industries over the past eight months.

Mark Herring, vice president for software infrastructure at Sun, said the bulk of the savings would come from the speed with which users could deploy the five pre-built, field-tested, implementation-ready security products.

"We have done a lot of the prework so customers can get fairly good cost savings by not having to do it themselves," he said.

Other savings could be made in cheaper administration, less complex identity management, greater efficiency and flexibility, the automation or elimination of processes, and faster and more secure transactions.

Scott Rose, executive director of Accenture Innovation Center for Sun Solutions, said the offering integrated authentication and access management technologies in an open architecture, which meant that it could fit into the heterogeneous IT environments found in most organisations.

The product set includes the Accenture Smart Identity Solution for connecting existing applications such as human resource applications with biometric capabilities. The other co-developed products in the set handle compliance, secure SOA, identity management and rapid SOA-based systems development.

Accenture research has shown that identity management is among the top security priorities for technology executives around the world.

The partnership is designed to increase each company's share of the growing identity management market by combining the Accenture business knowledge with Sun's technology.

"Part of what is unique about the combined offering is the ability to provide global support to organisations deploying at scales of 50,000 employees in 70 countries," said Rose.

He said this was in line with the trend of the past few years in which organisations have moved from working at departmental level to enterprise-wide deployments of security solutions.

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