SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Elemental Security, Inc., the award-winning pioneer of new technology in enterprise information security, today announced that its Elemental Security Platform (ESP) has been certified by the Center for Internet Security (CIS) for the CIS Mac OS X Benchmark v1.02. Elementals policy and risk management product is the industrys first product to complete the CIS rigorous certification process for the Mac OS X Benchmark.
The CIS Benchmark is a set of technical standards that draws upon best practices published by The SANS Institute, the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), as well as consensus guidance from CIS members and users. The CIS Certification program is distinguished from other IT certifications because CIS certified vendor tools support the consensus best practices movement. CIS strategic partnerships with AICPA, IIA and ISACA are advancing the science of security auditing to include measurement of configuration management outcomes.
Elemental has seen growing traction in markets where Mac platform use is prevalent, such as university environments, presenting an expanding opportunity. According to Gartner, Inc., the U.S. Mac OS installed base totals more than 11 million units in 2006.
With the constant proliferation of system threats and computer vulnerabilities, enterprises with Mac environments need to take a proactive stance to minimize security risks by ensuring that their systems are in compliance with implemented system security compliance policies, said CIS President and CEO Clint Kreitner. This CIS Certification assures Elemental customers that ESP v2.0 accurately and thoroughly compares the configuration of their organizations Mac platforms with the relevant baseline security benchmarks defined by user consensus. Elemental enables users to define their security compliance policies with the CIS benchmarks as a guide, and to constantly monitor and audit systems to ensure continued compliance with these established baselines.