BeyondTrust Unveils Industry’s First Privileged Account Management Solution that Provides Out-of-the-Box Automatic Password Management for Heterogeneous IT Environments
PowerKeeper® 4.0 Maximizes Privileged Access Security and Reduces Compliance Risk for Any SSH or Telnet Supported Systems or Devices
Agoura Hills, Calif. — October 5, 2009 - BeyondTrust, the leading provider of Privileged Access Lifecycle Management solutions, today announced PowerKeeper 4.0, the industry’s first privileged account management product to provide custom-defined automatic password management for heterogeneous IT environments. Available as a secure virtual machine or a hardened physical appliance, PowerKeeper is designed to help customers meet security and compliance requirements by managing privileged user access to sensitive data and safeguarding enterprises against insider threats.
“Privileged accounts are pervasive in any organization. They’re used to access virtually every device, operating system, or application and the access they grant to particularly sensitive systems and data warrant extra protection,” said John Mutch, CEO of BeyondTrust. “We are the first to provide an automated password management feature that doesn’t require custom programming. This makes it dramatically easier to incorporate well-known best-practices that will improve productivity, reduce administration, and avoid embarrassing security incidents.”
As part of the PowerSeries family of products, PowerKeeper is a privileged account access management solution for access control, manageability and audit of all types of privileged accounts such as shared administrative, application, and local administrative accounts. The appliance secures access to privileged accounts through automated password resets and management workflows, secure storage of credentials, and a sealed operating system. It leverages automated intelligent adapters that manage privileged access to any operating system, database or device over SSH or Telnet, making it the only solution in the market that is fully heterogeneous out-of-the-box. With its flexible and streamlined policy deployment process for privileged accounts, PowerKeeper additionally ensures maximum resource efficiency without any hidden customization costs.
“The ability to manage access to shared accounts and passwords is a critical first step of Privileged Access Lifecycle Management,” said Sally Hudson, research director of IDC’s Security and Services group. “The release of PowerKeeper 4.0 custom-defined automated password management capability has the ability to significantly reduce both the complexity and total cost of ownership for enterprise customers seeking these solutions. With this new release, BeyondTrust continues to extend its position as a market leader in the privileged identity management market.”
“We are extremely pleased with the access control PowerKeeper has been providing in our environment at a predictable cost,” said Dale Martinson, manager of systems and security at Data Center, Inc. “We have a heterogeneous IT environment, and are looking forward to the new features in version 4.0 to make our mission-critical shared account infrastructure more secure, especially the automated intelligent adapters to ensure all our sensitive devices are brought under protection quickly and cost-effectively.”
PowerKeeper 4.0 customers estimate the simplicity and automation features, as well as the consolidation of privileged account management across various operating systems, devices, and applications have saved 100-200 hours a month, eliminated up to 75,000 default passwords, and made conversations with compliance auditors 95 percent more comfortable. Three early adopters that were sampled had implemented PowerKeeper enterprise-wide and across applications in less than a week without any required consulting services or unexpected customization costs due to the out-of-box, custom-defined automated password management capability.
PowerKeeper 4.0 introduces the following new features:
- Intelligent adapters that manage privileged access to any operating system, database or device over SSH or Telnet, for full device coverage in heterogeneous environments.
- Active Directory Auto Discovery (ADAD) automatically discovers and imports any systems found in Active Directory based on customer-defined filters. This provides an efficient actionable mechanism for complete heterogeneous deployment and management.
- Multiple deployment platform options, including a physical appliance as well as a VMware Virtual Appliance.
- Integration with the BeyondTrust PowerSeries Management Console (PSMC) as the new user interface, for centralized management.
- Automatic Authentication and Authorization (AAA) creates PowerKeeper accounts from an LDAP or Active Directory through group membership, completely automating access provisioning based on LDAP or AD changes.
- Automated Password Management (APM) for LDAP directories from Sun, Oracle, Novell, and others, to ensure the “keys to the kingdom” are protected.
- More fine-grained, role-based access control options, lending full flexibility to role creation and access assignment.
PowerKeeper 4.0 is now available as part of the PowerSeries Early Adopter Program. For pricing and information, please contact BeyondTrust at +1 (818) 575-4000 or via email at email@example.com.
A webcast to review the features of PowerKeeper 4.0 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 10:30am EDT and 4:30pm EDT. Please visit www.beyondtrust.com to register for the webcast.
Founded in 1985, BeyondTrust is the only provider of Privileged Access Lifecycle Management (PALM) solutions for heterogeneous IT environments. The BeyondTrust suite of products reduces the risks associated with insider sabotage and theft of proprietary data, while documenting accountability to support increasing demands of regulatory compliance required across many industries.
PALM is a technology architecture framework consisting of four continual stages running under a centralized automated platform: access to privileged resources, control of privileged resources, monitoring of actions taken on privileged resources, and remediation to revert changes made on privileged IT resources to a known good state.
More than half of the companies listed on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rely on BeyondTrust to secure their enterprises. BeyondTrust customers include eight of the world's 10 largest banks, seven of the world's 10 largest aerospace and defense firms, and six of the 10 largest U.S. pharmaceutical companies, as well as renowned universities. BeyondTrust's customer retention rate is over 90 percent. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with East Coast offices in Greater Boston as well as Washington DC, and EMEA offices in London, UK. For more information, visit www.beyondtrust.com..
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