Bahwan IT and Starlink show power of password management solutions

Seminar hosted in Muscat to demonstrate solutions to meet growing need for automated password management

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By  Mark Sutton Published  September 11, 2008

Bahwan IT and security solution provider Starlink held a seminar to educate enterprise users on the importance of privileged in Muscat at the end of last month.

The seminar, which was attended by CIOs and IT managers from a number of companies and government organizations, was intended to raise awareness of the need for proper management of passwords, particularly among privileged users such as administrators.

Nidal Othman, regional sales and marketing manager for Starlink said: “As organizations grow in size and complexity, the number of administrators accessing the sensitive systems or data grows as well. Spreadsheets, sealed envelopes, printouts, sticky notes, and other old-fashioned ways of managing access and passwords on sensitive systems do not scale, does not provide sufficient levels of security, and lacks auditing details.

“Operating systems running on critical servers and even high-end business applications do not always have appropriate control on the administrative passwords for granting privileged access. There is an increasing pressure from both internal auditing and government compliance agencies for enterprises to know the details of privileged access users and the time frame during which access was provided and what privileged access rights were used during that time.” he added.

Othman demonstrated a password management system from Starlink partner e-DMZ Security, to show how the solution combines password vaults, granular administrative policy management and add-on provisioning to meet the needs of large organizations for centralized, policy-driven, and automated password management.

The event was co-sponsored by Abu Dhabi-based solution provider SAAPA Consulting Technologies. S Sree Praveen, sales director of SAAPA said: “We have identified huge potential mainly for the banks to use PUPM solution in order to meet Basel II and PCI DSS compliance requirements, as the banks are taking high risk in the current manual process to audit and monitor the privileged user access of the core banking application and sensitive data and this needs to be automated and audited on real-time.”

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