Netflix taps Ping for identity management
Google recommends Ping for ‘Apps for Work’
03 November, 2015
category: Corporate, Digital ID
Netflix uses Google Apps so employees can access email, save files and create and share documents. Employees are so use to the two-factor authentication from Apps, Netflix wanted to centralize access to all of its cloud apps through Google.
This wasn’t an easy task as Netflix has more than 400 cloud applications, many of which were custom-built for specific use cases. Also, Google provides the key components foundational to a secure central access point for employees and contractors to access cloud apps, but Netflix required more granular contextual control over who could access the apps. For example, someone in the marketing department doesn’t always need to use an app that’s built specifically for the finance department.
To enable a single sign-on system that would suit its needs Netflix turned to Ping Identity. “Ping’s Defined Security platform serves as the glue that enables our workforce to have seamless and secure access to the additional apps and services needed while giving our IT team the control over securing application access that we need,” said Justin Slaten, manager of enterprise technology and client services at Netflix. “Ping also helps us empower developers to build and deploy new apps based on standards so the workforce can use them securely, quickly and easily in this single sign-on environment.”
Netflix employees are able to login to a Google Apps account and have access to all the requisite applications. Ping also announced that it was named an inaugural member of Google’s “Recommended for Google Apps for Work” program. “Netflix has essentially outsourced its identity management to Google, they have no active directory,” says Andre Durand, CEO at Ping Identity.
Through the program, Google and Ping Identity will provide joint enterprise customers an easy to use Google Apps for Work experience by integrating applications with the Google login, providing secure access and single sign-on to enterprise applications running anywhere. Google selected Ping Identity based on support for identity standards and integration with Google Apps for Work.
With the introduction of this program, Google will extend its existing relationship with Ping Identity. Google recognizes Ping as a partner for enabling enterprises that use Google login as a central cloud directory to allow secure application access for all of their employees. Together the companies empower developers to build and deploy new apps based on standards so the workforce can use them in this single sign-on environment.