Remote administrative access to cloud servers protected with real-time multifactor authentication and dynamic firewall rules

November 1, 2011

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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CloudPassageTM Inc., the leading cloud server security company, today announced GhostPorts, a feature of HaloTM Professional, the most secure way to control access to administrative services on cloud servers. GhostPorts uses dynamic, time-based host firewall rules with single or two-factor authentication to provide very tight access control to network services.

"Securing remote access to sensitive functions like administrative consoles, database services, and data transfer facilities is very problematic with a mobile workforce," said Chris Brenton, cloud security architect of CloudPassage. "Without a solution capable of handling dynamic client and server IP addresses, many companies leave network access to these functions open to the world and exposed to a range of exploits."

Most cloud servers use certificates, passwords and other mechanisms to secure console access. Halo GhostPorts from CloudPassage uses a simple, inexpensive hardware device that adds another easy-to-use layer of control.

GhostPorts provides authenticated users with temporary access to sensitive network services. Only the IP address that the user authenticated from is allowed access, and even that access is automatically shut down after a predetermined period of time. Using a simple USB device to issue one-time-passwords, administrators can take their cloud security to the next level, and business can address a major obstruction to leveraging the benefits that cloud-base hosting can offer. Learn more and get a free USB key at

What are the Benefits?

Strong control of network access to any cloud server Convenient, multi-factor user authentication and dynamic access control Fulfills compliance requirements for multiple security standards (e.g. PCI, HIPAA) Imposes high isolation of sensitive services in dynamic cloud environments Unlocks cloud benefits for business units and enterprises

Why GhostPorts?

Fast and easy deployment Single or two-factor authentication Works on any cloud provider or hosting model Built for elastic public and hybrid cloud environments

About CloudPassage

CloudPassage is the leading cloud server security provider, and creator of Halo™, the industry's first and only security and compliance platform, purpose-built for elastic cloud environments. Halo supports cloud server bursting, cloning, and migration and operates across public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. Industry leading companies like Foursquare, StrongMail and Exois trust Halo to seamlessly manage their server security configuration, host-based firewalls, intrusion detection, and server account auditing from one system. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., CloudPassage is backed by Benchmark Capital. Gartner, Inc. named CloudPassage one of four "Cool Vendors in Cloud Security Services, 2011." For more information, please visit:

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