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Manage Privileged Access for UNIX/Linux with Microsoft Active Directory

Posted April 27, 2012    Peter McCalister

In my discussions with IT teams, I am continually reminded that managing access to UNIX and Linux systems and doing so in a least cost manner is important for IT. IT must do more with less. There is a constant need to drive down the costs of operations and deliver more to the business. Failure to get UNIX and Linux access management under control can lead to compliance failures and leaves critical systems and data open to security breaches.

Recently one of our customers, a large service provider, shared the value that their company receives from their implementation of PowerBroker.

• Easily show auditors that we meet compliance requirements (PCI and SOX)
• Centralized control, logging
• Lower costs of administration
• Overall, PBUL provides more flexible security and better empowerment of users/UNIX administrators

Here at BeyondTrust, customers are a key part of our product development process. We worked with several customers on the integration of Microsoft Active Directory to simplify management of privileged access policies. You can now centrally manage your Linux and UNIX users, groups and computers including privileged access with Microsoft Active Directory. This centralized approach to managing privileged access significantly reduces operational complexity and costs, protects critical assets from misuse of privileged access and demonstrates compliance.

PowerBroker Servers Enterprise Solution offers precision control over Linux/UNIX privileged access. You can create and manage privileged users, roles and access policies through Microsoft Active Directory and deploy privileged access policies through Group Policy. You can also monitor and record privileged access down to the keystroke level.

Managing your privileged users’ access and using appropriate delegation policies is simplerand more powerful with PowerBroker Servers Enterprise and Microsoft Active Directory.

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