Xceedium extends its zero-trust protection by integrating access control and application security features with the Cloakware password tool acquired from Irdeto.
Xceedium, which specializes in privileged access management, acquired the
password management business from security company Irdeto on Sept. 8. Irdeto's Cloakware
Password Authority product gives customers access to a secure and cloud-based
password management service.
The deal gives
Xceedium the technology behind the product, Irdeto's client roster of
enterprises using Password Authority and the engineering, support and sales
staff associated with the business, the company said. Xceedium also gained a
perpetual license to Irdeto's white-box cryptographic libraries, which are used
within Password Authority.
Cloakware Password Authority was "clearly the premier technology in the
space," said Glenn C. Hazard, CEO of Xceedium.
details of the transaction were not disclosed. Xceedium has opened a new
research and development facility in Ottawa, Canada, to support the new
technology. The Canadian team will work closely with the company's R&D team
in Jersey, City, N.J.
threats from privileged insiders and trusted third parties are at an all-time
high, Xceedium said. There have been a number of incidents this year where
employees abused their privileges
to access network
services and data they didn't need or accidentally exposed information to
others. Organizations are looking for ways to safeguard important data from insider breaches
whether intentionally or accidentally, Xceedium said. There are also certain
compliance requirements that have to be met while securing the data.
combined the newly acquired password management technology with its GateKeeper
access control and monitoring tool and A2A Authority into a single hardened
appliance. The newly launched Xceedium Xsuite comes in two models.
acquisition and the new Xsuite will allow Xceedium to meet customer needs,
especially in the government and critical infrastructure markets, Hazard said.
enterprises an integrated privileged access management platform that handles
both access control and password management, Hazard said. This eliminates
employees sharing administrative passwords to critical assets, or storing them
in clear text, as often happens. Administrators would be able to control,
contain and audit user activity, regardless of whether they are partners,
employees or consultants, in and out of the corporate network.
technology within the Xsuite appliance would allow administrators to enforce
password policies and manage privileged passwords throughout the lifecycle.
Passwords are encrypted while stored as well as when being used during the log-in
extend the "zero trust" architecture, where the assumption is that no
one has any default privileges on the network. This eliminates instances where
privileges are too wide and give employees too much access, or when certain
privileges are not revoked after the employee no longer needs them.
seeing rapidly rising demand for solutions addressing insider threats,"
said Sally Hudson, a research director at research firm IDC. The integrated
product will allow customers to address insider threats while meeting
regulatory compliance, Hudson said.
available immediately and pricing starts at $50,000 for the hardened appliance.
Existing GateKeeper customers can upgrade by installing a patch.