BeyondTrust Introduces Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Integration in PowerBroker Desktops, Windows Edition 4.9 Release
Deep Integration with Microsoft Enables New Automation, Workflow, Reporting and Customization Features
CARLSBAD, CA. – October 12, 2010 – BeyondTrust, the leading provider of privilege delegation and authorization management solutions, today announced a series of feature enhancements in PowerBroker Desktops, Windows Edition (formerly Privilege Manager) as a result of deeper integration with Microsoft technology. Version 4.9 integrates with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to automatically identify and report on all applications in an enterprise that require administrator privileges. Additionally, new customization features allow IT to create custom User Account Control (UAC) messages that request information from the user and may submit a request for privilege elevation to IT.
"Integration of BeyondTrust products with Microsoft products has the potential to provide synergy to accelerate our goals towards a unified and easy-to-mange Secure Desktop model," said Barry Hudson, Desktop Systems Team Manager, Savannah River Site, a US Department of Energy Facility. “This could be an important step toward simplifying the existing best-in-class security posture for our 10,000 Windows Desktops.”
The latest version of PowerBroker Desktops, Windows Edition, makes privilege information available to SCCM through Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), which SCCM uses to collect information from computers on the network. This allows IT to view reports through the same Microsoft interface that’s already used for a plethora of other configuration settings.
Enhancements in PowerBroker Desktops, Windows Edition v4.9 make it easier for IT to discover which applications require administrative privileges and what policies need to be created to optimize security without overburdening IT. This is the first step in removing administrator privileges from end users in a transparent, seamless way, without downtime and lost productivity. Additionally, tighter integration with UAC provides a significantly improved experience for users of Windows 7 or XP who are logging in as standard users with UAC enabled.
“We continue to make PowerBroker easier to use and even more integrated throughout the enterprise to provide customers with an end-to-end solution for removing administrator privileges, all without requiring additional servers or infrastructure,” said BeyondTrust’s Director of Program Management, Peter Beauregard. “The major hurdle for removing administrator privileges from end users has been the difficulty of identifying all the applications that require elevated rights. With SCCM integration, reporting, “passive mode” auditing, and other features this is now completely automated.”
The PowerBroker suite manages and controls administrative privileges for desktops, servers, devices, applications and virtualized environments running on Windows, Unix/Linux, Max OS X and more. By providing a single solution for managing privileged access across all common platforms in heterogeneous IT environments, the PowerBroker suite empowers organizations to eliminate the risk of misuse of privileges from a single user interface.
For an evaluation copy of PowerBroker Desktops, Windows Edition 4.9, visit: http://www.beyondtrust.com/PBWD-Eval/
Founded in 1985, BeyondTrust is the global leader in privilege authorization management, access control and security solutions for virtualization and cloud computing environments. BeyondTrust empowers IT governance to strengthen security, improve productivity, drive compliance and reduce expense. The company’s products eliminate the risk of intentional, accidental and indirect misuse of privileges on desktops and servers in heterogeneous IT environments. More than half of the companies listed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rely on BeyondTrust’s PowerBroker suite of products to secure their enterprises.
Five of the top ten commercial banks and two of America’s largest private companies have adopted PowerBroker to secure guest operating systems and ESX hypervisors in a virtualized environment. For more information, visit www.beyondtrust.com.
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