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Unified identity management and governance

Dell : 05 March, 2014  (New Product)
Dell One Identity provides integrated identity governance and privileged access management for improved performance and lower costs
Unified identity management and governance

Dell Software has announced the release of a new solution that extends Dell One Identity to govern privileged users who have the most powerful access to an organisation’s most critical systems and information. Using Dell’s solution for privileged governance, companies can get ahead of potential security incidents with a single platform to provision, manage and govern access to all systems for both privileged and everyday users. This solution enables IT to rapidly and comprehensively enhance productivity, while discovering and remediating access issues that could present a significant threat in terms of cost and reputation.

Unmanaged privileged accounts - the most powerful users in the organisation - are a clear target both for insiders and external attackers, and failure to govern and control privileged identities could result in significant data loss or destruction, malicious or inadvertent damage, fines, and even lawsuits. To determine whether a privileged user should have access to a particular system or resource, it is important to see that user’s entire set of access privileges - not just their privileged access. Organisations have implemented solutions to manage privileged users for several years, but these solutions fall short when it comes to providing complete governance. By integrating Dell’s solution for privileged management with its identity governance and administration solution, organisations can close security gaps and streamline provisioning and access governance for all users, regardless of their role or level of access needed.

Dell took to heart its promise to listen to customers when approached with a challenge from Colt Technology Services, an international network and IT services company delivering integrated computing and network services to major organisations, midsized businesses and wholesale customers worldwide. Colt operates in 22 European countries with a 46,000 km European network, and transatlantic network capacity. Known for the speed of its network, Colt needed an automated system to ensure it could uphold its speedy service guarantee while protecting customers’ networks, data and systems. The company also needed a solution that would tighten access governance for all users, and strengthen the protection against security breaches. After trying several different vendors, Colt came to Dell Software, which responded with a modular, yet integrated solution that would help them achieve privileged governance.

* Deployment of the new solution enabled Colt to speed up service and security by unifying its identity experience, streamlining governance, improving performance and lowering operational costs both for its internal requirements, and for customers
* Colt expects to achieve full return on investment (ROI) within the next 12 months

Dell One Identity helps organisations get ahead by removing operational risk while enhancing productivity. The solution set mitigates security risks by controlling and governing access to critical organisational data and applications, eliminating shared credentials, and assigning individual accountability to administrator activity. Dell’s Privileged Governance Solution is a modular, integrated solution that intelligently manages and governs privileged user access to systems by automating the process within a single console.

* Simplifies privileged governance by enabling organisations to define roles, associated policies, access approval workflows, and periodic attestation of privileged access within the same system
* Removes the burden of manual attestation by using pre-defined rules to schedule and automatically send recertification requests
* Automates separation of duties by ensuring a requestor does not have conflicting entitlements before granting access
* Enhances security by enabling risk assessment for access to privileged accounts

The hidden threats that can lurk inside networks, endpoints and devices often are hidden in poorly configured settings or permissions, and can be helped into the network by ineffective data governance, access management and usage policies. These unknown threats come from all perimeters, both external and internal, and can cause deadly damage to the network at a huge cost to the organisation. Dell Software recently released the results of a security survey of more than 1,400 IT executives around the world. Survey results showed:

* 60 percent of global IT decision leaders surveyed are concerned about internal malicious attacks
* 55 percent said setting policy for information risk management is of high importance in preventing security breaches
* 68 percent said managing, restricting and provisioning/de-provisioning is of high importance in preventing security breaches
* 53 percent said they currently use privileged account management to help detect and/or prevent security breaches
* 40 percent of US respondents cited insider sabotage as the root cause of security breaches

John Milburn, executive director, Identity and Access Management, Dell Software, said: “Dell offers an identity vision, strategy and portfolio that span administration and governance, without an undue focus on any single platform or software development environment. Colt came to us because we could solve their problem without compromising security. This underscores the priority we put on really listening to what our customers tell us about their needs, so that we can help them to operate efficiently, and more securely. We are pleased that our new privileged access governance solution fills the gap in the need to fully protect organisations on all perimeters.”

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