HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Xceedium®, Inc., the premier provider of privileged identity management for hybrid-cloud environments, today announced it has been issued an additional patent covering core privileged identity management technologies. US Patent 8,732,476 protects the automated monitoring of privileged user sessions – for both individuals and programmatic interactions – and the ability to proactively intercept and prevent policy violations, and to take remedial actions. Remedial actions can include limiting the execution of potentially harmful commands or allowing only specific commands, issuing a warning message to the user, and termination of the active session – with all activity recorded and available for audit and review.
Xceedium’s proprietary technology is instrumental in enabling organizations to manage and control the risks posed by privileged users and administrative credentials. Privileged users and their credentials are at the core of a continuing series of security breaches across government, retail, financial services, and other sectors. In the past 12 months, 110 million Americans were impacted and 432 million accounts were compromised in data breaches, according to the Ponemon Institute. As a consequence, privileged identity management has become a high priority for security professionals who need to mitigate risk, satisfy more stringent compliance and audit demands surrounding trusted insiders and third parties, and secure expanding virtual and public/private cloud deployments.
“The ’476 patent expands Xceedium's growing portfolio with protections for capabilities that actually prevent policy violations from occurring," said John Suit, Chief Technology Officer at Xceedium. “Like the previously announced '794 patent, this new patent provides evidence of Xceedium’s role as the inventor of modern privileged identity management. The capabilities it protects help transform privileged identity management from a passive monitoring function to an active defense against loss and damage,” Suit added.
Technologies covered by the patent support capabilities delivered in Xceedium’s Xsuite® privileged identity management product. Xsuite controls access, monitors, and records all activities of privileged users, both internal and external. Xsuite positively verifies users via multiple authentication mechanisms, including PIV/CAC and other smart cards, enterprise directories such as Active Directory and LDAP, Radius, and other methods. Xsuite establishes and enforces security policies protecting sensitive systems across traditional data centers, virtualized infrastructure, and public and private clouds. Xsuite provides full attribution of user activities, regardless of what resources they access. Xsuite vaults and manages credentials, federates identities, and protects systems regardless of where they’re located; helping to reduce risk, ensure compliance, and lower administrative overhead.
Xceedium, Inc., is a network security software company and the leading provider of privileged identity management solutions for hybrid-cloud enterprises. Large companies and global government agencies use Xceedium’s products to reduce the risks privileged users and unprotected credentials pose to systems and data. Xceedium’s award-winning product, Xsuite, vaults privileged account credentials, implements role-based access control, and monitors and records privileged user sessions. With unified policy management, the Xsuite platform enables the seamless administration of security controls across systems, whether they reside in a traditional data center, a private cloud, on public cloud infrastructure, or any combination thereof.
Xceedium’s solutions enable organizations to comply with security and privacy mandates, such as PCI DSS, FISMA, HIPAA, and NERC CIP. The company’s products provide industry-leading reliability, availability, and scalability, and they are the most highly certified products in the market, with designations including FIPS 140-2 validation, Common Criteria EAL4+ certification, and inclusion on the U.S. DOD Unified Command Approved Products List (UC/APL). For more information, please visit www.xceedium.com.