Centrify Corp. (http://www.centrify.com/) — a provider of Microsoft
Active Directory-based auditing, access control and identity
management solutions for non-Microsoft platforms — has announced its
DirectControl for Mac OS X now offers enhanced smart card support and
has a quick installation option as of version 4.2.

Centrify DirectControl effectively turns a non-Microsoft server,
workstation or device into an Active Directory client, enabling an
organization to secure that system using the same authentication,
access control and Group Policy services currently deployed for
Windows systems. The Group Policy support included in Centrify
DirectControl for Mac allows organizations to apply the same security
standards and enforce the same policies for the Mac as they do for
Windows and other platforms.

Centrify has expanded its existing support for CAC smart cards to now
include PIV cards as well as other cards that support the Apple
TokenD interface, including the .NET smart card from Gemalto.
Available now with the release of Centrify Suite 2008, DirectControl
for Mac OS X also features a streamlined installation program that
enables a one-click setup of the Mac in Active Directory.

DirectControl 4.2 for Mac OS X also adds increased security features
that include allowing organizations to lock the Mac Finder. With this
release, the software also includes a streamlined installation that
allows a one-click setup of the Mac in Active Directory. Centrify’s
workstation installer was specifically designed to enable
administrators to deploy DirectControl on Macs and quickly join them
to an Active Directory domain. In this way the users get prompt
access to network services and administrators can quickly apply
policies to the Macs.

Centrify DirectControl for Mac OS X Smart Card edition is licensed
for US$90 for one copy and is available in beta now and will be
available within 90 days. CAC and PIV are supported on Mac OS X
10.5.3 and higher.