Sarbanes Oxley : Technology : Security
Securely Manage Privileged Accounts
May 18, 2009 09:00 AM
Administrative, super user, root, fire call, and other privileged accounts are pervasive in any organization. More numerous than personal passwords, these “keys to the kingdom” grant access to programs and files containing an organization’s most sensitive data. If they are not properly protected and managed, they represent a significant security and compliance risk to the organization via sabotage or theft of proprietary information. Security compliance regulations – such as Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI DSS, HIPAA and NERC/FERC – call for frequent changes to privileged account passwords to prevent unauthorized personnel from being able to access mission-critical systems.
“IT auditors recognize that unmonitored, uncontrolled access to privileged accounts leaves an organization wide open to data theft, privacy breaches, and fraud and must be properly secured and managed,” said Chris Stoneff, product manager at Lieberman Software. “By integrating our privileged identity management solutions Enterprise Random Password Manager and Random Password Manager into the GUI shell of System Center Operations Manager and System Center Configuration Manager, access to privileged accounts is secure and easily managed from a centralized console.”
System Center Integration
Lieberman Software products integrate seamlessly with System Center Operations Manager to alert administrators to what users and the Help Desk are doing with privileged accounts from a single console. The integrations address critical security information event management (SIEM) issues.
Enterprise Random Password Manager and Random Password Manager feed events to Systems Center based on password change, password verification, and password check-in/check-out job results. These events can be used by customers to automatically open and close trouble tickets based on end-user behavior and system responses to password management tasks. This allows Systems Center to take immediate action should the system encounter security misuse or operational readiness issues.
In addition, by enabling Enterprise Random Password Manager and Random Password Manager to be managed and monitored by System Center Operations Manager through a management pack provided by Lieberman Software, mutual customers can meet the burden of regulatory compliance by:
* Receiving real-time security events and alerts should external factors, such as network or database problems, cause disruptions to regulatory-based Service Level Agreements (SLA) requirements.
* Automatically changing local, domain, and service account passwords on every system in the enterprise at regular intervals.
* Creating an audit trail of privileged account password changes.
* Maintaining strict, delegated controls for users with privileged account access.
* Automatically managing the RunAs credentials within System Center.
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.