AccessServer: Management and Auditing of Users of our Solutions
Created as a middleware component, AccessServer provides security related services to other Tango/04 applications. As such, AccessServer is not a product but rather a security foundation for VISUAL Message Center, providing the infrastructure for authentication control, authorization management and audit trail.
AccessServer is usually set up only once for each VISUAL Message Center implementation (shared among all modules), but multiple AccessServer instances can be set up if required by your environment.
AccessServer, the authentication services of Tango/04, offers seamless integration of applications with user provider systems already available in your company, such as Windows domain controllers. It allows you to configure the security of an application based on user profiles currently available in your systems, which means there is no need to create new users, and passwords are synchronized with your existing Windows password.
The architecture of AccessServer has been set up to allow for multiple authentication systems and the latest version supports a complete implementation for Windows (local equipment and any domain controller available). Furthermore, local equipment and user domains can be combined for a customizable set up.
Authorization services provided by AccessServer allow you to define and adjust applications security privileges based on system groups, users and roles giving you maximum flexibility to define who is authorized for what action and who is not.
Audit services in AccessServer provide the basis for common and flexible audit requirements. If desired, all events audited by Tango/04 modules can be centralized in a single repository.
As direct interaction with AccessServer is minimal, most users will not need to learn how to use it. AccessServer is already integrated in Dashboards, SmartConsole and Reports; with more products to be implemented in the future.
Each product employs its own AccessServer settings, ensuring consistency through the product suite while still allowing for complete control and flexibility. This independence becomes evident when logging into the modules; AccessServer will ask each user to authenticate using the Windows user profile.
You can control who can access a specific dashboard within Dashboards or which users have access privileges to certain tasks (such as modifying Alerts) in SmartConsole. The underlying services in AccessServer are performing all these authorization actions, by assigning privileges and roles.