Lieberman Software, the privileged identity management specialist, has developed a new version of its security software that is billed as capable of managing identities – and other privileged security issues – on very large PC real estates.
ITSP caught up with Philip Lieberman, the founder and president of the company, recently, for a rundown on the new software, which he claims is capable of – quite literally – managing millions of machines.
A cloud-y approach
The cloud, he explained, has been instrumental in changing Lieberman’s approach to security systems management, since it allows a lot more machines to be controlled using suitable technology.
“It’s been an interesting evolution in recent years. The cloud and other factors have changed our approach to product development,” he said, adding that Lieberman started a project in the Pacific NorthWest of the US about a year ago for a console manufacturer.
The problem they faced, he explained, was that the scale of their IT real estate had become so large that they – quite literally – couldn’t sort the security across their total estate.
The solution to this, he told ITSP, was to develop a version of Lieberman Software’s ERPM (Enterprise Random Password Manager) for cloud computing environments and MSPs, managed service providers.
The most interesting part about the development of the new version – v4.83.6 – of the software, he says, is that security software does not normally come with Service Level Agreements (SLAs) as part of the feature set.
If the software forms part of a Web-based service, however, he adds, then SLAs are a key requirement.
By taking a cloud approach to ERPM, says Lieberman, it becomes possible for very large organisations to manage privileged credentials, certificates, passwords, pin codes, passcodes and other sensitive data, in a fully automated environment.
The bottom line with the new cloud ERPM platform, he adds, is that companies who are managing machines on a very large scale do not need to worry about how to manage their privileged identities and certificates.
“Our philosophy has always been that automation is the only way to take control over the powerful privileged identities widespread throughout modern IT environments,” said Lieberman.
“Only by deploying automated security solutions can organisations locate and remediate weaknesses faster than nation-state attackers and other criminal hackers can exploit them,” he added.
The challenge, he went on to say, involves managing and securing these identities at massive scale.
“When gas meters, water meters, cable boxes, desktop boxes, cell phones, routers and more are all taken into account, the number of systems that need to be managed can extend into the millions,” he explained.
“To that end, we’ve developed ERPM as a solution that can automatically manage the entire privileged identity and certificate management lifecycle – from the auto-discovery of each privileged account to the propagation of password changes throughout the enterprise – without manual involvement,” he said.
To accomplish this task, ITSP notes, the new version of ERPM has two interfaces – a Windows PowerShell option and a SOAP Web services interface – that provide a programmed option for identity management.