Novell has launched a Compliance Management Platform, a combination of existing identity management and security-event management products with additional reporting and analysis tools.

The goal behind integrating the two existing server-based products is to make sure provisioning and access control is a monitored activity kept in conformance with business security policy. It will give IT managers a source for real-time monitoring of all identity repositories and allow for compliance report generation on the fly, according to Novell.

"It can send an alert or even block an action," says Jim Ebzery, a Novell senior vice president and general manager. He said the platform would better enable customers to notice suspicious events, such as if someone were logged in on an office LAN but at the same time that individual's electronic-badge credentials were being used to gain access to a corporate building in a different location.

Specifically, the Compliance Management Platform includes Identity Manager 3.6 integrated with Novell's SEM product. The Compliance Management Platform comes with several pre-defined policy templates to aid in setting it and includes Sentinel's software connectors for centralising security-event information from hundreds of sources.

The offering costs $99 (£54) per user.