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CA Cleaning Up User ID Security, Buys eTrust
eTrust Gives Automatic Rogue Identity Solution

CA is providing stronger security to clients by using automated identity removal technology that it gained from its acquisition of eTrust Cleanup. Companies often times do not pay attention to obsolete or rogue user IDs, and are often unaware of how vulnerable this makes systems. IDs left on networks by employees represent an easy way for hackers to get into networks.

Increasingly, government-mandated regulatory compliance is including the kind of identity security eTrust offers. Now companies that are administer under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act are required to show that safeguards are in places which protect consumers from identity theft. Many companies, however, are not able to do so efficiently and as a result incur very high overhead costs.

eTrust's technology is attractive because it allows CA to offer security protection that is time consuming when infected files have to be rooted out manually. A recent report from Meta Group shows that most companies do not have policies in place to ensure that expired user IDs are removed.

According to Meta Group, today's employees are assigned on average 16 IDs in order to access various applications within enterprise networks. Lacking an integrated system to track employee IDs across the entire IT networking ecosystems, about 37.5% of IDs are left on systems, representing the large number of IDs employees leave undeleted.

Prior to the acquisition of eTrust Cleanup from InfoSec, CA enforced secure identity management using a third-party application. It will now become part of CA's Trust product family, which includes CA-AFC2 Security or the eTrust CA-Top Secret Security packages for the IBM z/OS mainframes.

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