PassGo Technologies Announces Unix Privilege Manager Version 5.0

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PassGo technologies, an international leader in the field of UNIX/Linux security and compliance led solutions, has today announced the release of Unix Privilege Manager Version 5.0, pioneering the ability to securely and efficiently deploy UPM across complex firewall and NAT’ed environments. In addition, many other new features have been added to the product.

PassGo technologies, an international leader in the field of UNIX/Linux security and compliance led solutions, has today announced the release of Unix Privilege Manager Version 5.0, pioneering the ability to securely and efficiently deploy UPM across complex firewall and NAT’ed environments. In addition, many other new features have been added to the product.

UPM brings accountability and security to UNIX systems, allowing system administrators to delegate administrative privileges that grant selective access to UNIX corporate resources without disclosing the root password. Administrative tasks such as adding users and mounting file systems, as well as granular control of such things as high value transactions and certain application functions can be delegated to individuals or groups, reducing the threat of unfavorable behavior and the risk of accidental damage.

UPM creates an indelible audit trail, recording all activity that passes through it, down to the keystroke level if required. This power to accurately log root and other account activities in a safe environment allows you to implement a secure administrative regime, which combined with the privilege delegation delivers clear benefit and improvements to overall enterprise security, bringing you closer to your compliance goals.

“Any business seeking to meet their obligations under the new burdens of regulatory compliance needs to look seriously at controlling their root access” said John Rainford, PassGo’s president and CEO, adding, “UPM provides a comprehensive set of tools to help meet your regulatory commitments. Version 5.0 boasts a rich and extended feature set covering such areas as complex firewall and NAT support, upgrade and rollback, enhanced encryption, multi-instance support and anti spoofing measures.”

UPM is designed to control the delegation of any privileged account, while providing a highly detailed log of all activity. For more information visit our website, or come and see us at stand #500 at SANS Security Conference in Orlando Florida 26th/27th February 2006.

Unix Privilege Manager Version 5.0

UPM 5.0 can be utilized across a firewall to control hosts located within your DMZ without compromising your internal security policies. The DMZ represents an area of controlled exposure to the Internet, where administration of Web and Mail servers within this region presents a security challenge.

When configuring UPM to provide delegation services across a firewall within a DMZ, multiple ports are tunneled through a single port therefore simplifying firewall configuration. Additionally, UPM supports network address translation (NAT), thus concealing internal IP addresses making UPM the only practical choice of product in the market.

Version 5.0 introduces an advanced step-level negotiated encryption handshake, ensuring that UPM components negotiate with one another to the highest encryption level possible between the latest and back-level versions. In large enterprises where UPM is deployed worldwide, such consideration to the reduction of additional configuration, while providing a high degree of backward compatibility with older versions of the product is essential.

Scalability and adaptability have always been recognized as a key focus for UPM, but especially so for version 5.0. Growth within enterprise organizations, often through mergers and acquisitions, can lead to a requirement to compartmentalize departmental security policy. It is just this process which has led to the introduction in version 5.0 of the ability to operate from multiple instances of the security configuration. This not only provides the ability to accommodate an organization as described, but also allows for the controlled delegation of the policy administration itself.

To further facilitate compliance UPM version 5.0 not only includes support for generic PAM - Pluggable Authentication Module for platforms such as Solaris, HPuX, SuSe, RedHat Enterprise and other Linux versions, but also supports the Tru64 SIA - Security Integration Architecture and IBM’s LAM - Loadable Authentication Modules, thus facilitating close interaction with LDAP, Active Directory, NIS and NIS+, and Strong authentication solutions such as the PassGo Defender product.

Additional enhancements in version 5.0 include the ability to upgrade UPM components in such a way as to roll-back any changes made, reinstating the system to a state immediately prior to the upgrade. Event-log API’s to facilitate integration with third party reporting and escalation infrastructures, numerous enhancements to the event and I/O logging systems, enhanced component identification anti-spoofing measures, support for IPv6, XML based data transport to facilitate data mining and reporting, a greatly simplified XML based license mechanism and tools to assist in estate management in an enterprise scale environment.

About PassGo Technologies

PassGo Technologies is an international company with over 1000 enterprise customers worldwide, and a long-established reputation in the security arena. PassGo provides interoperable solutions for controlling, enabling and managing access rights and privileges for people, applications and devices. Designed and built to work seamlessly and transparently in complex environments, the company's comprehensive portfolio of solutions - including authentication, web access management and privilege management, single sign-on, audit and password management - allows customers to confidently exploit the latest technologies to better their competitive advantage.

For further information or enquiries please contact:

PassGo Technologies

651 Holiday Drive

Suite 300

PMB #310

Pittsburgh, PA 15220

1 888 652 3983 (US toll-free)

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