We have seen several insider threat products that record user activity, but Lanxoma's approach is unique and potentially complementary to other approaches. It permits 'as needed' access to critical assets and then monitors that access
Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) April 7, 2009
Unity Solutions, provider of Lanxoma, the industry's first Restricted Access Permission System (RAPS), today announced an equity partnership with Laconia Group that will enable the company to rapidly expand into the US government sector. Laconia Group's team of national security experts brings together US intelligence, defense, law enforcement and homeland security communities, with private sector technologies to help meet US security challenges.
"Government agencies are recognizing the gravity of the insider threat," Manoj Patel, CEO and founder of Unity Solutions, said. "In fact, on the heels of President Barack Obama naming Vivek Kundra as the nation's first federal CIO, light was shed on the alarming risk of insider threat crimes. The threats were made real when, after being arrested on bribery charges, Yusuf Acar, the District of Columbia's top information security official, was held without bail, partly because of uncertainty about whether he still had the ability to access the district's IT systems."
"Although the major issues that have been raised publicly in this case are financial in nature, a major computer forensics effort is needed to determine whether the district's systems were compromised," he continued. "With technologies like Lanxoma now available in the government sector, we can watch the watchers and minimize time intensive, costly investigations such as this in the future."
Unity Solutions developed Lanxoma to fight insider computer fraud by acting as a form of 'electronic CCTV.' Every keystroke, mouse movement, audio and screen view is recorded and ready for playback if evidence of abuse is required. The solution provides in-depth investigation and forensics for insider attacks and alerts organizations to unauthorized systems access so they can combat and prevent insider attacks. In the event of legal proceedings, Lanxoma can also provide digitally signed evidence.
"We have seen several insider threat products that record user activity, but Lanxoma's approach is unique and potentially complementary to other approaches. It permits 'as needed' access to critical assets and then monitors that access," Thomas J. Sackie, CEO of the Laconia Group, said. "IT administrators often have access to the most sensitive data in an enterprise, including other security software. It is critical to monitor what the IT people are doing with that kind of freedom."
Federal CIOs aren't alone in their efforts to combat insider threat. State CIOs also are making security a top priority. According to the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), insider threats, including inattentive, complacent or untrained employees, as well as security lapses by contractors or outsourcing companies, represent the most important risks facing state IT networks.
In fact, NASCIO released the State CIO's Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities for 2009, with security safeguards, enterprise policies, data protection and insider threat ranking fourth on the list of priorities, ahead of "Green IT" and health information technology initiatives (http://tinyurl.com/statecio).
As federal and state CIOs, alike, turn their attention towards combating insider threat, Laconia Group brings to Unity Solutions a proven sales channel into the government sector, with the potential to trigger extensive government and commercial contracts in the USA.
About Unity Solutions and Lanxoma http://www.lanxoma.com
Lanxoma was developed by the in-house software research and development team of Unity Solutions in the UK in response to the auditors' requirement of a global pharmaceutical manufacturing company, a long-term client of Unity Solutions. Unity Solutions (UES Limited) was established in the U.K. in 1999 and rapidly established a global client base for its utilities and tools for ERP users.
Headquartered in Leigh, Cheshire, Unity Solutions also has a US subsidiary operating in Clearwater, Florida. For more information about Lanxoma, visit http://lanxoma.com.