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Symark Announces PowerBroker 5.2 With Mac Support

Solution for authorization and access control within UNIX/Linux IT environments also includes MAC support for Mac OS X 10.4 and Mac OS X 10.5, as well as integration of FIPS 140-2
Agoura Hills, Calif.—March 3, 2009—Symark International, the leading provider of UNIX and Linux security administration solutions, today announced PowerBroker 5.2, the industry's most comprehensive solution for authorization and access control within heterogeneous UNIX/Linux IT environments. Symark PowerBroker 5.2, through its integration with SafeNet Luna SA HSM, provides the first privileged access control and accountability solution to use FIPS 140-2 Security Level 2 appliance-based encryption services to achieve compliance with the most strict key storage requirements and standards. PowerBroker 5.2 also now includes support for Mac Operating Systems including Mac OS X 10.4 and Mac OS X 10.5.

The new version of PowerBroker also will include integrated support for the SafeNet Luna SA hardware security module, giving Symark the competitive advantage of complying with FIPS 140-2 security level 2, a federal information security standard required by many government agencies, including the Department of Defense. SafeNet Luna SA is a flexible, network-attached hardware security module providing powerful cryptographic processing and hardware key management for applications where security and performance are a top priority.

PowerBroker 5.2 helps organizations comply with PCI DSS, SOX, HIPAA and other regulations by enabling security managers to more easily grant selective administrative privileges while safeguarding the root password and controlling access to applications/commands, directories/files and permissions on various administrative tasks. "No other privileged UNIX and Linux security administration solution offers FIPS 140-security level 2 compliance," said John Mutch, CEO of Symark International. "Adding support for SafeNet Luna SA HSM further extends the options available to achieve compliance with the most strict key storage requirements and standards, all while leveraging existing technology investments."

"When root privilege control must be consistent and supportable throughout the enterprise, businesses will want to consider commercial alternatives such as Symark PowerBroker" said Scott Crawford, senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associates. "PowerBroker's highly flexible policy language offers open-ended possibilities for policy definition, enabling its use across a wide variety of targets and use cases."

PowerBroker protects the root account by granularly binding specific root-level tasks to UNIX/Linux user IDs so that the root password does not need to be disclosed to operators and systems administrators. Totally non-intrusive, the program reduces the risk of accidental damage, theft of digital assets, or malicious activities without altering or disrupting the operating system—a practice that can violate software and systems warranties.

About Symark Founded in 1985, Symark is the leading provider of security administration solutions for heterogeneous IT environments. Symark PowerBroker' enables granular delegation of administrative privileges while restricting UNIX/Linux root account access. Symark PowerPassword', User Management Edition provides UNIX/Linux user account management along with login and password security policies. Symark PowerKeeper' provides storage and secure access of administrative passwords for multiple servers, applications, and network devices. All three products offer central administration and detailed audit logs. Symark offers extensive expertise in enterprise computing security, and its products are backed by unmatched technical support. For more information, visit us at