CA launches virtualisation security tool

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CA Technologies has released Virtual Privilege Manager, a software tool designed to secure user privileged access to a virtual environment and monitor user activity.

One of the key features is a privilege password management option, which allows users to check out one-time passwords to access the virtual environment. These passwords can then be manually or automatically checked in.

All passwords are secured in a password vault and the actions of privileged users are audited. Virtual Privilege Manager is also capable of supporting servers, applications, databases and devices across a variety of virtual environments, the firm said.

Organisations need comprehensive capabilities to expand their virtual environments and overcome management challenges, according to Birendra Gosai, principal product marketing manager at CA Technologies.

"The use of virtual environments allows organisations to utilise resources to help business continuity and cut costs," he told "Virtual Privilege Manager bolsters security, while helping to maintain the segregation of duty roles."

The product allows comprehensive hardening of the hypervisor service console by clearly limiting the rights of privileged users and eliminating the shared accounts on the hypervisor service console, CA said.

Gosai gave the example of users not being able to copy, edit or delete data controlled by virtual environment administrators.

Key system resources, programs, files and processes are also protected by time, login method, network attributes and access criterion, Gosai added.

User activity monitoring and comprehensive reporting options mean that all activity performed on the hypervisor service console is audited. Use of privileged accounts based on the original user can be tracked to see who has access to what in the virtual environment, the firm said.

The software is an addition to the CA Virtual portfolio, which comprises Virtual Assurance, Virtual Automation and Virtual Configuration.

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