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In 2006, five security, systems and networking experts with a combined 40-plus years of experience at Cisco Systems formed a network security startup and took aim at the access management market.

Now, two years later, that startup—Rohati Systems—has stepped out of the shadows with a high-speed appliance that relies on user entitlements to control access to applications. The Rohati TNS (Transaction Networking System) platform functions at Layer 7, providing transaction-level enforcement and allowing users to create granular entitlement policies and controls. It uses XACML (Extensible Access Control Markup Language) in a bid to eliminate the need for client or server agents or any changes to applications.

Today, entitlement control is typically coded into applications, said Rohati CEO Shane Buckley. The challenge for enterprises is that addressing this across the applications they use can be a multiyear, multimillion-dollar task, he said.

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