Symplified Solves Cloud Security Puzzle for Merit Medical
BOULDER, Colo., June 28, 2010 – Symplified, the Cloud security company, today announced that Merit Medical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of medical devices used in diagnostic and interventional cardiology and radiology procedures, is using Symplified SinglePoint to address the security challenges associated with providing internal and external users with access to several cloud applications. Symplified SinglePoint serves as a trust fabric and centrally manages access control, authentication, federated single sign-on (SSO) and audit for a portal of cloud applications used by a large mobile workforce, internal employees and distribution partners.
Headquartered near Salt Lake City, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: MMSI) employs approximately 1,900 people worldwide. The company markets its products in the United States and Europe through a direct sales force and throughout the rest of the world via a network of distributors. Merit employees and distributors call directly on physicians and clinicians in hospitals and clinics. Given the nature of its business, it is imperative that information about Merit’s products be accessible via the Internet from remote laptops and mobile phones. Merit was drawn to the cloud for its promise of accessibility, improved productivity, and one-to-many collaboration efficiencies.
“Symplified has solved some tremendous challenges we were grappling with as we opened up access to internal data and cloud applications to our mobile users and distribution partners,” said Lincoln Cannon, Director of Web Systems at Merit Medical. “SinglePoint allows us to centrally manage and control access to our Web portal of cloud applications and provide single sign-on so that Merit employees, partners, and distributors can better collaborate with each other and access and disseminate information from anywhere at anytime.”
Disconnected Security and Identity Bog Down the Cloud
From a business perspective, Merit Medical’s lack of a unified identity and access management (IAM) stack for the cloud was putting a drag on productivity. In order to access sales tools, training modules, etc. from laptops and iPhones, Merit’s mobile workers were forced to enter multiple username/password combinations for each cloud application in addition to their corporate login. Meanwhile, employees attempting to share internal data between cloud applications, such as Google Apps and Telania’s eLeap learning management system, were unable to create mashups and were instead forced to duplicate data, resulting in creation and consumption inefficiencies.
From an IT perspective, Merit required a solution that could provide the full suite of IAM functions including SSO for applications that support the SAML federation standard and some that did not. In addition to SSO, Merit was facing significant administration challenges. For example, multiple identity stores needed to be updated every time a user provisioning, de-provisioning, and password reset action was required. At a cost of $30-$70 per password reset across multiple applications, this model was unacceptable.
SinglePoint Removes Roadblocks
To address these challenges, Merit Medical chose Symplified for its simplicity, unified access management model and speed of deployment. Using SinglePoint, Merit Medical maintains one centralized access and identity management system for all their cloud applications which is linked to Active Directory. Using a proven proxy architecture, SinglePoint manages security on traffic flowing to and from cloud applications to deliver the following services:
» Centralized authentication and access control
» Security policy enforcement on cloud applications without exposing identity information outside the firewall
» SSO to all authorized applications for a more secure and efficient end user experience
» Federated SSO between SAML (Google) and Non-SAML (eLeap) applications
» Audit of cloud application usage for compliance
“Fast growing health sciences companies like Merit Medical can substantially benefit from cloud applications since they use a distributed salesforce that needs real-time access to information and collaboration tools in the field,” said Eric Olden, CEO of Symplified. “SinglePoint brings a unified access management model that blends SSO, access control, provisioning and trust integration together for the Cloud operating system. This enables Merit to take full advantage of cloud applications in a very secure fashion that both increases end user convenience with single sign-on and reduces IT management costs associated with provisioning and de-provisioning users, and resetting passwords.”
ymplified provides the Trust Fabric of the Cloud – integrating enterprise security policies and administration with cloud applications and data. The SinglePoint solution is available either as an on-premises appliance or delivered from the cloud as a secure proxy. SinglePoint is pre-integrated with leading cloud applications and platforms including Google Apps, Salesforce.com, ADP, Taleo, Xactly, Jive, Workday and many others. Symplified’s founding management team also created Securant and the ClearTrust product, which pioneered the market for Web access management, provisioning and federation software. Securant was acquired by RSA Security for $140M. Venture funding for the company was provided by Granite Ventures and Allegis Capital. Symplified is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.