Most IT organizations have privileged user accounts for their IT administrators, which give them extensive access to IT systems. However, the inability to properly control and audit privileged access can create a serious security threat -- as the number of widely reported insider breaches over the past 18 months has shown. CA Technologies continues to leverage more than 30 years of experience controlling privileged users on distributed systems like UNIX/Linux and Windows – and now further extends that expertise into the Privileged Identity Management market.
“The 2010 Data Breach Investigations Report conducted by the Verizon RISK team and United States Secret Service suggests that the misuse of privileged administrator credentials is the single largest cause of insider data breaches,” said Nimrod Vax, senior director, CA Technologies, Security. “We have been helping our customers control administrator activity for many years. This new release extends the capabilities CA Access Control offers to help further secure the use of privileged accounts within applications, and address the growing security and compliance needs for privileged user monitoring.”
New features within CA Access Control include:
Privileged User Password Management for Application-to-Application and Application-to-Database automated operations. This functionality helps improve security, reduce the cost of managing system account passwords, and address guidance in the Payment Card Industry regulation (PCI-DSS) by automatically managing system account passwords. Whether for Windows services, Windows scheduled tasks, or application-to-database activity, CA Access Control and its Privileged User Password Management (PUPM) functionality automates password and account management.
Privileged User Session Recording and Playback. From the moment a privileged user checks out a password for any PUPM managed device, his or her actions can be securely recorded and then made available for video playback. This functionality is delivered through an OEM agreement with ObserveIT Ltd., a global leader of session-recording software. To further assist in compliance reporting and help deliver more secure, streamlined operations, CA Technologies has added UNIX keyboard logging and integrated that information directly with the log management system.
PUPM Automatic Login and Advanced Integration. CA Access Control with PUPM capability automates end-user login to any CA PUPM-managed device helping to prevent password theft. The advanced, fine-grained integration of traditional CA Access Control capabilities with CA PUPM functionality provides the ability to track and log a privileged user’s activity based on his or her “original” user ID and help control what the privileged user is able to do once in the system.
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