Lieberman, President & CEO
As we get ready to head to Microsoft TechEd in New Orleans, we are
coming up on our 12th year exhibiting at TechEd. For those that are not
familiar with our history with Microsoft and this event, I thought you
might find it interesting to learn a little about our history working
Things Change, But Stay
Going back in time, when we headed out for our first TechEd in 1998 we
were proudly displaying our IBM LAN Server to Windows NT migration tool
as well as our password synchronization tools. These tools were a big
hit with IBM shops since they could migrate their while enterprise to
Microsoft Windows in just a weekend (big bang migration).
At this same first TechEd show in 1998, we were also showing off our
line of Windows systems management tools to mass manage services
(application accounts) and privileged identities (local accounts).
These tools were the outgrowth of our IBM customers migrating to
Windows NT and finding that they needed automation to manage the
security of the newly minted Windows NT workstations.
TechEd 2010 – 12 Years and
Fast forward 12 years and we have upgraded these same management tools
(plus added more IT security management tools) and certified them for
use by the latest Microsoft Windows operating systems such as Windows
7, Server 2008R2 as well as Hyper-V technology.
As many say, life is a circle. In 1994 we were an IBM shop selling IBM
OS/2 and LAN Server security management tools. With the de-emphasis of
OS/2 in 1997, we became a Microsoft/IBM shop (to help our customers
migrate to Windows), and in 2000 we were almost exclusively a Microsoft
shop (all of the OS/2 systems were converted.
Today in 2010, we no longer support IBM OS/2, but we are back to being
a cross-platform shop fully supporting the management of security on
operating systems, databases, and applications on Microsoft Windows,
all flavors of Linux/UNIX, Sun, Oracle, IBM, HP, Novell, and just about
every other operating system and application platform out there
(including hardware devices).
The product line (we have over 10 different products) we are showing at
TechEd this year represents the growth of our company and the industry
into a heterogeneous environment where everything can talk to
everything else, and where enterprises must deal with ever larger and
Are We a Microsoft Shop?
The types of systems a company uses sometimes affects the vendors they
want to work with. The choice of vendors becomes an issue of whether
the vendor has the right expertise to understand and work well in their
environment. This sometimes comes down to asking questions such as are
you a Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Sun, HP, Linux or VMware shop. The answer
to what type of shop we run and support is: “yes to all of the above”.
Are We a Management Tools
Company or an Enterprise Software Company?
As a company we are well known for the development of powerful and easy
to use security and systems management tools used by IT
administrators. If you want to report on and manage the security
of 10,000 systems in a few minutes (think users, groups, shares,
registry, etc) without having to write scripts, we have the solution
that every IT administrator needs. Developing these types of very sharp
and powerful tools is how we gained our reputation as an ISV in 1994.
We still develop, sell and support these tools and have a large fan
base of both large and small enterprises that use our User Manager Pro
Suite and Service Account Manager products to report on and secure
their environments. This last year we have even received a patent on
the technology used in User Manager Pro Suite. You can learn more about
our IT tools here.
As we and our customers matured in the security and management space
over the last 10 years, we realized there was the need to go beyond
tools and develop enterprise solutions that scaled up past 100,000
systems, supported extensive integrations with other management
technologies, and automated security management to the greatest degree
possible by the development of new technologies to reduce the workload
of IT with auto-discovery and auto-correlation technologies.
So, we are really two different companies. One company provides
powerful security management tools for the IT department to accomplish
their mission. We also develop and sell enterprise quality privileged
identity management solutions that are designed to meet the needs of
the most demanding CSO/CISO, auditors, and government regulators.
See Us at TechEd 2010
If you are in New Orleans during the week of June 7-11th, stop by booth
#1110 and let us show you not only our enterprise solutions for
privileged identity management, but also how your IT staff can get the
upper hand on both server and workstation security configuration
management using our Windows systems management tools. If you are a
current user of our tools or enterprise products, stop by and let us
show you what is new… we also have new cool features and capabilities
to show off (that is why we come to TechEd).
Questions or comments? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tip of the Month
Application-to-Application Password Security
Password Manager (ERPM) was the first privileged identity management
solution capable of auto discovering, tracking, changing and allowing
the secure recovery of privileged account passwords in the
But did you know that
it’s also the first privileged identity management solution that could
secure application-to-application passwords? Find out how here.
Avenue of the Stars,
Angeles, CA 90067
Large Federal Credit Union
The credit union was
founded in the 1930’s and has branches located throughout the U.S. and
Puerto Rico with approximately 218,000 members.
Situation: To pass frequent
financial and regulatory compliance audits, the credit union needed a
privileged identity management solution that could locate and update
all privileged account passwords and also manage service accounts.
The Solution: Enterprise Random Password Manager was
deployed to the credit union’s cross-platform enterprise.
Result: The credit
union has full control over its service account passwords and remains
in compliance with its audits.
to read the detailed case study.
Launches / Podcasts
- NEW PRODUCT RELEASE!
Enterprise Random Password Manager (ERPM) Release 4.82 has been
announced and is currently available. This is a major release
enterprise Privileged Identity Management solution. New features include:
you can now define that a user should be able to recover passwords for
one set of systems but have to request passwords for another.
Event Sink Integrations: Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) and ArcSight
integrations, and better support for Microsoft Biztalk and industry
standard syslogging processes.
improved support for non-Windows platforms.
a detailed list of updates, please visit our ERPM
Revision History page.
- Task Scheduler Pro
now supports all major
platforms in the Windows enterprise including Windows 7, Windows Server
2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. With this security
management tool IT administrators can schedule and modify tasks for all
Windows servers and workstations in the network simultaneously, rather
than manually managing tasks on one machine at a time.
Events / Press /
Software Praise, Barney's Blog -
Redmondmag.com. "... We have been running RPM in our
environment now for over two years and have nothing but good things to
say about it. We leverage RPM to randomize all of our Managed Desktops
and Production server local administrator passwords. This is to remain
inline with our internal password compliance standards. We are managing
roughly 2500 clients with very minimal system overhead. The server runs
in our VMware ESX environment with the database residing in our
production SQL cluster. All in all the system takes up very little
resources because it is agent-less and accesses machines via the RPC
shares in windows. We have a heterogeneous environment and since RPM
looks at the RID IDs of the accounts, users can rename the local
administrator account to whatever they feel like. However, RPM
will still find the account and change the password when the job runs
-- a very nice feature. The other great part of RPM is it's not tied
down to one specific OS. We manage all of our Windows (XP, Vista, 7)
machines as well as our managed Apple (10.5, 10.6) computers with the
same system and service account. A very unique feature in today's
marketplace." For more, read
and Transparency: Keys to Security in the Cloud. Virtual
Strategy Magazine. "How can we trust in the cloud if the vendors
of cloud-based infrastructures neglect to implement both the process
and technology to assure that segregation of duties are enforced, and
customer and vendor identities are secured?"
the 'cracks' in provisioning. Network World Security
Identity Management Alert. "Organizations have to ask
themselves the question, 'Where do we have accounts? Tell me all of the
places where we have accounts, and tell me all the things they use
these accounts for.'"
- Goldman Sachs Sued For
Access. DarkReading. "Sharing a bucket of
KFC chicken with a friend is OK. Sharing the secret formula for KFC
chicken with a friend who then goes out and makes money from the
information is not OK."