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Our Newest Product Release: PowerBroker for Windows 6.0

Posted June 5, 2013    Sarah Lieber

We’re very excited to announce the release of PowerBroker for Windows 6.0, the industry’s first identity management solution able to leverage least privilege and vulnerability data scanned by the award winning Retina CS Threat Management Console. This allows our customers to take a system’s overall risk into context when deciding what level of privileges a user or system should be given. The PBW 6.0 release also includes new session monitoring capabilities to record, track, or disallow user activity, further policy integration with Retina CS, and a redesigned Windows 8 “metro” theme user interface for more intuitive and easier to use columns and rule identifcation.

PowerBroker for Windows is the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective way to secure Windows systems through the implementation of least privilege. It reduces help desk burdens and costs, while increasing the security of the Windows infrastructure. In addition to a recent integration with Retina CS which analyzes vulnerability data to gain actionable insight into Windows systems risk and susceptibility to attacks, new features of Power Broker for Windows 6.0 include:

> Session Monitoring

BeyondTrust customers now have the ability to record user activity on a per application basis. This capability is essential in troubleshooting and forensic work, and provides additional context around vulnerability by recording and monitoring user behavior.

> File Integrity Monitoring

This feature adds an additional security layer, allowing or denying access to modify files in the directory. Access can be targeted to applications and or users.

> Retina CS Policy Deployment

Retina CS can now be used to store and distribute PowerBroker for Windows 6.0 policies. Group policy is no longer required (but may still be used), which provides a single pane of glass for reporting and policy creation via Retina CS.

> Redesigned “Metro” User Interface

With a new Windows 8 “metro” theme user interface, customers enjoy a modern look and feel, with more intuitive and easier to navigate dashboards to work from.

Availability

For existing customers of the product, PowerBroker for Windows 6.0 is available as a free upgrade. For those interested in learning more and to obtain a free trial, please visit our website here.

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