A digital safe for the master key

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  • Deutsche Telekom presents Privileged Identity Protect Pro at CeBIT
  • The new solution protects companies' privileged identities and admin passwords
  • Reliably guards companies' business-critical resources against attackers

Keys are not something you want to lose or simply leave lying around. Keys are also not something you want to fall into the wrong hands. And master keys raise the stakes to an entirely different level. In IT environments, "master keys" include the user names and passwords that "privileged identities" use to log onto critical systems. This group includes administrators of corporate databases, enterprise applications and other business-critical resources and systems. It can also include technically focused users who need to run communications between systems and services. For cyber criminals, passwords of privileged identities are special prizes. "Logon information of privileged users, such as system and database administrators, can present especially dangerous security vulnerabilities. This is because persons in possession of such information can control large masses of sensitive company data and, in extreme cases, can even control companies' entire IT systems," warns Dirk Backofen, Head of Telekom Security.

At CeBIT 2017, Deutsche Telekom is presenting Privileged Identity Protect Pro, a security solution that comprehensively logs, monitors and – if necessary – blocks all actions carried out by privileged identities (such as identities using admin passwords). The solution makes use of the technologies provided by security specialist CyberArk. The new product is based on the world-market-leading Privileged Identity Management solutions developed by CyberArk. It is being offered in two forms: as an on-premise solution, hosted in the customer's own data center, and as software hosted in a highly secure Deutsche Telekom data center. Privileged Identity Protect Pro reliably protects companies' business-critical resources.

The relevant expert services provided by Telekom Security, a new Deutsche Telekom business area, include advising and requirements analysis, concept and process development, and design, implementation and operational support.
Privileged Identity Protect Pro from Deutsche Telekom helps companies stay reliably ahead of any attackers. The new product's capabilities and features include:

  1. Central storage of all sensitive access data – no user has access to this data.
  2. Isolation of the connections made by privileged identities while accessing system resources.
  3. Monitoring/recording functions that make it possible to monitor and terminate connections in real time.
  4. Functions for replacement of hard-coded passwords in applications.
  5. Functions for revoking local administrators' rights to devices.

"We are delighted that Telekom Security has chosen us as their preferred partner for privileged account security. Their decision once again bears witness to the importance we attach to and the expertise we have in this essential area of IT security," says Michael Kleist, Regional Director Sales for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at CyberArk.  "The sectors in which Telekom Security has an important presence – whether that be in public administration, in logistics or in the automotive or heavy industrial sectors – see themselves as exposed to cyber attacks in which hackers have already got through their perimeter security and the task has become one of containing these attacks. Privileged Identity Protect Pro makes an important contribution to defusing such attacks."

For one thing, through implementing this platform, customers fulfill both the regulations set by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the ISO/IEC 27000 family of standards. Doing so also means that they will be fulfilling such regulatory requirements as those imposed on the financial sector by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin); on the credit card industry through the PCI-DSS security standard; and on the pharmaceutical industry by the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) and – in the U.S. – by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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