CA enhances its access management portfolio, reducing risk of data breaches

CA Technologies has released enhancements to its access management portfolio, giving customers control over the privileged accounts that support a hybrid IT environment and are a frequent vector for cyberattacks.

By updating and integrating CA Privileged Access Manager (formerly Xceedium Xsuite) and CA Privileged Access Manager Server Control, CA helps reduce the risk of data breaches by extending the depth and breadth of control over privileged users end-to-end – from the gateway to the server and from the database to the cloud – all from a single management console.

“When CA acquired Xceedium last year, it created the most comprehensive portfolio for reducing risk of data breaches due to the compromise of privileged access and insider accounts earmarked for IT administrators and super users,” said Mordecai Rosen, senior vice president and general manager, CA Security business. “In any cyberattack, bad actors have a single goal in mind – elevate privilege in order to get access to the most sensitive systems and data. And if the attacker is a disgruntled insider, he or she may already have that access. CA’s privileged access management solutions help protect an organization’s most sensitive systems and information.”

CA Privileged Access Manager allows customers to implement controls at the network gateway, managing privileged user access to systems and applications based on the identity of the individual user. CA Privileged Access Manager Server Control resides on the server and manages user activity based on resource protection, with policies that control file access and actions taken on the server. This prevents bad actors from covering their tracks and helps accelerate breach discovery.

With the enhancements, customers can consistently manage and control privileged users at both the network and the server. When an IT administrator accesses a system, CA Privileged Access Manager automatically triggers CA’s Server Control product and to apply policies on the server resources based on the individual’s identity vs. simply the administrator account. This provides a more detailed and granular level of access control.

In addition, CA Privileged Access Manager has expanded integration with service management tools to further streamline privileged user provisioning and de-provisioning for those individuals who only require short-term privileged user access, such as temporary employees or contractors.

“CA Technologies is definitely one of the veteran players in the privilege management market. CA Technologies solutions are known for the broadest range of supported systems, including the most exotic and legacy ones, and a high degree of integration between individual products. This makes it a natural fit for most organizations, especially those with heterogeneous and heavily virtualized environments,”1 said Ivan Niccolai, analyst, KuppingerCole.

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