As organizations grow in size and complexity, so too do the number of administrators, or privileged users, accessing sensitive systems or data.(1) Today, privileged user accounts are found in virtually every application, database and infrastructure device throughout the enterprise and have been aptly characterized as the most powerful accounts within an IT enterprise environment, posing the greatest security and compliance risks.
Enterprise Random Password Manager automatically discovers, updates, stores and recovers privileged account passwords. It regularly creates unique, complex local, domain, and process passwords for each account in the enterprise. It then propagates the password changes to all of the services, tasks, and applications that reference those credentials.
"Simply purchasing a solution for privileged account management does not mean that you can immediately achieve regulatory compliance," said Chris Stoneff, product manager at Lieberman Software. "Conventional password management products lack automated systems management capabilities and rely on scripting - meaning a full enterprise deployment can take months, if not longer. Enterprise Random Password Manager's unique auto discovery and scalability features allow it to be deployed to the enterprise and in production in just a couple of hours."
Building on the foundation and success of previous Enterprise Random Password Manager releases, key features of the new version include:
-- Zone Processing Zone processing improves performance in geographically dispersed environments or in environments with security-restricted DMZ systems. Specialized deferred processors are installed at remote sites, perform all password management operations locally, and communicate back to a centralized database for job information. By only passing SQL traffic to and from the central database, bandwidth usage over saturated WAN links is minimized.
Results of zone processing include improved Service Level Agreements (SLAs), an imperative of large, multinational enterprises. Dedicating a process on a local machine to privileged account password management increases network responsiveness. Benefits also include meeting regulatory compliance mandates that require shared account password operations to be conducted within a limited period of time.
When zone processing is combined with Enterprise Random Password Manager's SQL Server back-end, and utilization of existing customer hardware, the product can achieve optimal performance and scalability in large, multi-site enterprises. The ability to operate without deploying agents or scripts on client systems further enhance its ability to scale in the enterprise.
-- Audit Compliance Also included in Version 4.7 are pre-configured reporting packages which verify that changes required by regulatory mandates are being accomplished.
Frequently updating privileged account passwords is an increasingly vital security best practice and regulatory compliance mandate. Accomplishing this initiative is challenging for many organizations, due to the volume of accounts throughout the enterprise that must be found and changed on a recurring basis. Conventional password management tools usually only update passwords that are identified by the IT staff. New or orphaned accounts, as well as accounts on offline or unavailable systems, can be missed during password update cycles. Failed compliance audits and security vulnerabilities are the potential consequences of missed account updates.
Enterprise Random Password Manager automatically identifies every place in the enterprise where privileged account passwords are used, and updates these attributes following password changes.
-- Encrypted File Vaults Enterprise Random Password Manager 4.7 also features encrypted file vaults for the secure and delegated storage of important documents. The vaults can also archive user and administrator passwords to enable the secure management of system and application passwords. These vaults utilize both software and hardware-based encryption and are free add-ons to Enterprise Random Password Manager.
Availability Enterprise Random Password Manager 4.7 is available now; visit www.liebsoft.com or call 1-800-829-6263 for more information or a product demonstration.
About Lieberman Software Corporation Lieberman Software provides privileged identity management and configuration management solutions that help control the local security of the cross-platform enterprise. By automating time intensive systems administration tasks, Lieberman Software increases control over the IT infrastructure, subsequently reducing security vulnerabilities, improving productivity, minimizing system failures, and ensuring compliance. Since 1994 Lieberman Software has been providing solutions which ensure that the largest corporate, education, and government enterprises remain managed, secure, and compliant. The company is a managed Microsoft Gold Certified Partner headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, see www.liebsoft.com.
(1)Forrester Research Inc., "Privileged User Management Market Overview," Andras Cser, 30 June 2008.