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Saturday, 21 November 2015 08:22

CA updates security product portfolio


Security-related announcements at CA World '15 included a new release of CA Privileged Access Manager to help protect privileged VMware NSX accounts, CA Data Content Discovery to find and classify sensitive mainframe information, and improvements to CA Identity Suite that simplify the user experience.

CA Privileged Access Manager responds to unusual events or incidents by terminating an administrative session, automatically starting session recordings, or forcing the administrative user to re-authenticate with stronger credentials in order to help protect privileged users and credentials from compromise and risk.

It also has the ability to discover new virtual instances and automatically provision security policy.

"This release of CA Privileged Access Manager, and its ability to control privileged user access and protect privileged credentials, allows customers to extend the benefits of the VMware NSX network virtualisation platform and micro-segmentation," said CA senior vice president and general manager of the security business Steve Firestone.

CA Data Content Discovery helps protect z System mainframe data by automatically scanning the data to identify where sensitive and regulated information is located, how it's accessed and by whom. The company claims it is the first product providing this capability that actually runs on a mainframe, and therefore does not need to transfer data to a different platform for processing.

70% of critical data still resides on mainframes, said CA chief product officer Ayman Sayed (pictured, left). There are "troves of data" that people in an organisation are unaware of, but CA Data Content Discovery can help reveal it.

"With breaches in the news every day, the ability to find where this sensitive data resides with CA Data Content Discovery, then encrypting it, or even ruling out you don't have it, are critical steps in protecting a business," said Pkware CTO Joe Sturonas. Pkware is an encryption software company and a CA partner.

CA Identity Suite now provides new web and mobile application launch pads so users can perform all identity and governance related processes from one centralised pane on any device.

It also integrates with CA Advanced Authentication for credential provisioning with multi-factor authentication, including step-up authentication (requiring a user to provide additional evidence of identity when attempting an activity that is flagged as suspicious or more risky.

Please read the separate reports on CA's devops and agile product announcements.

Disclosure: The writer attended CA World as a guest of the company

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