FDCC Mandate Drives Adoption of BeyondTrust Privilege Manager across Federal Government Sector
Least Privilege Management Leader Receives U.S. Army’s Certificate of Networthiness
PORTSMOUTH, NH. – May 20, 2009 — BeyondTrust Corporation, the first provider of Least Privilege Management solutions, today announced the company is seeing increased worldwide demand for its flagship product, BeyondTrust Privilege Manager, across all segments of the government sector. Compliance pressures related to the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) mandate are increasing the need for both desktop security and standardization, resulting in the widespread adoption of BeyondTrust Privilege Manager among government organizations.
As of February 2008, the FDCC mandate from the U.S. Government’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requires all federal employees to no longer log in to their PCs with local administrator rights. Agencies must now restrict users from having administrator rights, in order to improve security and maintain the defined standard desktop configurations. When users log in with administrator rights, they have complete control over their computers. Since 2007, when the mandate was first announced, BeyondTrust has experienced year over year growth of 115% in federal government sales. The company also increased its new government contracts by 185% in 2008 over 2007. BeyondTrust Privilege Manager helps federal workers comply with the FDCC mandate by enabling them to remove administrative rights and still allow users to run all required Windows applications.
By transparently managing privileges, BeyondTrust Privilege Manager is able to provide organizations like Detroit Arsenal and Selfridge Air National Guard Base with a solution to enforce Least Privilege security in a Windows environment without adversely impacting the ability of soldiers to carry out their mission. Further illustrating the company’s momentum within the government sector, BeyondTrust recently received the U.S. Army’s Certificate of Networthiness for BeyondTrust Privilege Manager.
"Based on ten years of personal experience in the U.S. Navy, I have seen first-hand the pressing need to improve security on the desktop. Administrator rights not only pose a significant security threat to agencies by increasing their exposure to malware and malicious users, but also, they prevent organizations from preserving a standard desktop image," said Eric Voskuil, CTO, BeyondTrust. "Privilege Manager has helped hundreds of organizations to comply with standard configuration requirements and eliminate end-user administrative privileges. By adopting BeyondTrust’s technology, government agencies receive efficient, policy-based management of privileges across their networks to enable compliance with the FDCC, while still allowing users to run approved applications that require administrative privileges."
BeyondTrust Corporation, a pioneer in Least Privilege Management, enables enterprises to move beyond the need to trust users with excess privileges or administrator rights. BeyondTrust Privilege Manager was the first product to enable the security best practice of Least Privilege in Windows environments by allowing administrators to assign end-users permissions for required or selected applications. With Privilege Manager organizations can remove administrator rights and still allow end-users to run all required Windows applications, processes and ActiveX controls. By eliminating the need to grant administrator rights to end-users, IT departments can create a more secure, compliant and standard environment. More than 500 organizations worldwide in virtually every industry rely on BeyondTrust Privilege Manager to secure their enterprises. For more information, please visit www.beyondtrust.com or register for a webinar at www.beyondtrust.com/events/.
Dave Bowker or Tiffany Archambault
Schwartz Communications, Inc.