Bloor Research identifies Lighthouse Gateway™ in the “Champion” segment of their Identity Management-as-a-Service Market Update


Lighthouse Gateway’s high ranking in the report is based on Bloor Research’s survey of seven leading suppliers in the IdM marketplace.
LINCOLN, RI — June 14, 2010 — Bloor Research, a global IT analyst firm headquartered in the United Kingdom, has published a report that benchmarks several Identity Management-as-a-service solutions. Lighthouse Security Group, the creator of Lighthouse Gateway™, was one of only two solutions providers to rank in the “Champions” segment of the report, which is the highest ranking possible.  Solutions falling outside the Champions segment were ranked in “Innovator” or “Challenger” segments.
The rankings were determined by the range of features, functions, complexity and costs of each solution. The report, authored by Peter Cooke, Associate Analyst – Identity Management, Bloor Research, benchmarked the solutions in multiple areas including:
·         Cloud applications support
·         Compliance
·         Provisioning
·         De-provisioning
·         Workflows
·         Role management
·         Directory integration
·         User self-service
·         Single sign-on
·         Strong authentication
·         Security
·         Service level agreements
·         Hosting options
·         Set-up costs
·         Running costs
·         Overall affordability
·         Implementation time
Eric Z. Maass, Enterprise Security Solutions Director for Lighthouse Security Group, commented “Our team is proud to achieve this high ranking from Bloor. In the past few years, we’ve added many powerful features to what was already a military-strength security solution -- and kept it affordable for mid-market companies.  It’s very gratifying to be noted as a leader in the market, at a time when companies around the world are just starting to recognize the benefits of cloud computing.” The complete report will soon be available at . Please search for the Market Update titled: Identity Management as a Service  by Peter Cooke, May 2010.
Bloor analysts report often on the emerging Cloud Computing/SaaS industry. In the March 2010 report by Simon Holloway, Cloud Computing: What Is It Really?, he writes, “The goal of cloud computing is to provide easy, scalable access to computing resources and IT services. Cloud computing users gain some significant economic advantages. They have no capital expenses. They have reduced service costs because of a simplified IT infrastructure. They do not have to buy systems scaled to their worst case use scenarios, and there is a reduction in large client applications.”
In addition to being named to the Champion segment of Bloor’s Identity Management as a Service Market Update, Lighthouse Security Group was also recently named a “2010 Cool Vendor in Cloud Security Services” by Gartner, Inc.  See News & Events for more award information.
About Bloor Research
Since it was founded in 1989 Bloor has maintained a consistently high standard, acknowledged by international press and other industry analysts and commentators as being some of the most authoritative work on computing and business issues. Bloor analysts are impartial and independent but active participants providing expert opinion in driving the use of IT in business and society. They combine their deep knowledge of technology with current trends and drivers in business to assess appropriate technologies and their suitability for businesses now and in the future. They also combine this knowledge and the information gained from interviews with customers and vendors to provide cross-the-industry views for its framework. Whether pushing for better standards in accessibility, removing the hype from Service Oriented Architectures or understanding the impact of the internet on commerce, Bloor has contributed opinions which have moved its clients' understanding forward.
About Lighthouse Security Group, LLC
Lighthouse Security Group, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lighthouse Computer Services, Inc., is a premier provider of Cloud based Identity and Access Management (IAM) services, offering consulting, integration and maintenance services to a wide range of industries, including Financial Services, Healthcare, Retail, Manufacturing, Higher Education, and Department of Defense. Established in 2007, Lighthouse Security Group consists of a team of world-class enterprise IT experts with deep industry knowledge, and accomplished experience with IBM and DoD. With rigorous process-driven engineering and compliance-ready solutions, Lighthouse Security Group solves an enterprise’s security challenges, including: Identity and Access Management (IAM), Service Oriented Architecture Security, Federated IAM, Enterprise Audit and Compliance Management, and Network Perimeter Security.
For more information, please contact:
David Sylvestre
Lighthouse Computer Services, Inc.
Tel: 401-334-0799 ext. 155
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