We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of new releases and enhancements to the Soffid platform. You can now access the latest versions for both the Console and Synchronization Server, along with several add-ons and a new version of PAM.
In this new update, we’ve incorporated features like support for using Docker Compose, streamlining installation and upgrade processes. Additionally, we’ve introduced new configurable environment variables in the installation.
The latest version of our Push Authenticator is now available as an authentication method, supporting one-click authentication for login. Among the improvements, we’ve focused on responsive design for mobiles and tablets, as well as specific enhancements across various areas of the platform.
Privileged Account Management (PAM) plays a crucial role in securing information systems. Privileged accounts are essential for executing scheduled configuration tasks, maintenance, and the recovery of hardware or software failures, as well as the restoration of backups. However, due to the occasional need to use these accounts in an unplanned manner, their management must strike a balance between security, procedures, and flexibility.
Identifying and classifying privileged accounts
To effectively manage these accounts, the Soffid product incorporates the necessary logic to identify and classify them based on the level of risk and their usage patterns. This involves appropriately distributing accounts and assigning them to responsible users. A key aspect of Privileged Account Management is the automated and scheduled password change process, secure password delivery to authorized users, and the automatic injection of passwords when necessary and sensible.
There are various types of privileged accounts, and some may be shared among multiple individuals. However, it’s essential to ensure that only one person can use the account at any given time. This classification enables continuous tracking of who made system changes and who possessed the credentials at specific moments. This not only enhances security but also facilitates accountability.
In scenarios where heightened security requirements are paramount, agents must be installed on each managed node. This significantly enhances the overall system’s security. From a security and authentication perspective, communication between the main synchronization server and the managed node synchronization server utilizes mutual authentication and TLS (Transport Layer Security) encryption.
Soffid connects to the target system to collect existing accounts, create new ones, or deactivate old ones. This can be accomplished in two different ways: with or without a local agent. The choice between these approaches depends on specific security requirements and the infrastructure of the system.
Benefits of privileged account management
Enhanced security: by ensuring that only authorized individuals have access to privileged accounts, the risk of unauthorized access and malicious activities is significantly reduced.
Auditing and traceability: the ability to identify who made system changes and when they did so is essential for auditing and accountability.
Compliance: many security regulations and standards mandate proper Privileged Account Management. Compliance with these requirements is crucial to avoid legal penalties and fines.
Risk reduction: automating password management and credential delivery reduces the potential for human errors and enhances overall system security.
Improved efficiency: centralized and automated management of privileged accounts saves time and resources, allowing IT teams to focus on more strategic tasks.
Privileged Account Management is an essential investment in information security in the digital age. Ensuring that privileged accounts are protected and used securely is critical in preventing cyber threats and complying with regulatory requirements.
Soffid, with its ability to identify, classify, and manage privileged accounts, provides solutions for organizations seeking to strengthen their security posture. By implementing PAM best practices, businesses can be confident that their critical systems are protected against both internal and external threats.
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On October the 1st, Soffid appointed Checksum as its featured partner for Middle East markets (Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates[Miquel Si1] [Raghu Sha2] ). Under this agreement, Checksum will market Soffid’s Identity and Management solution portfolio (Access Management – AM, Identity Governance and Administration – IGA, identity Risk and Compliance – IRC, Privileged Access Management – PAM and Security Information and Event Management – SIEM) across Checksum region of influence and Soffid will route Middle East leads and opportunities to Checksum.
Raghu Sharma, Sales Director of Checksum, comments: “Cybersecurity and Compliance are increasingly looked as complex and specialized skill and endeavor. Checksum’s mission is to provide simple yet efficient solutions to our clients’ growing Information security requirements. We are always looking for partners that assist us in achieving our mission to deliver Value through Cybersecurity optimized for our clients’ needs and environment. We are delighted to choose Soffid as our partner to cooperate in the GCC region.”
“After collaborating with Checksum on multiple projects and opportunities in the Middle East, we are excited to expand our partnership even further by enhancing collaboration and knowledge transfer, with a focus on delivering more value to our customers and strengthen Soffid’s regional presence. ” said Miquel Simó, CCO of Soffid. “Checksum is key to Soffid’s expansion strategy for Middle East markets, as they can provide local support (both geographical and cultural) to our customers. As part of this agreement, Soffid will train Checksum commercial workforce to empower them in detecting, raising and managing leads, and will train Checksum technical teams to better support it’s customers”.
Checksum is a Cyber and Information Security company based in Bahrain, serving all GCC countries. For ten years, Checksum has been delivering its customers specialized services to help them realize value from seeking Cybersecurity and compliance and protect them from ever growing threat landscape and Security challenges. Checksum believes that Cybersecurity and compliance should be path for businesses to return value and increase revenue and not to be seen as a compulsory expense. For more information visit www.checksumis.com or send an email to email@example.com
About Soffid IAM
Soffid IAM delivers the most comprehensive list of IAM features and products covering all IAM lifecycle (AM, IGA, IRC and PAM). Headquartered in Palma, Mallorca, Spain, Soffid’s hyperconverged IAM suite serves customers in more than 30 countries worldwide, protecting public institutions and private companies sensible information. For more information visit www.soffid.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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DIRECTV deploys Soffid to implement it’s IAM strategy in LATAM Markets
State of the art identity management and operational efficiency.
Buenos Aires and Palma, September 11st 2023
On 15th of May 2023, DIRECTV, completed Soffid implementation and production cut-over for Argentina, United States, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and the Caribbean subsidiaries. The successful go live follows the signing of a multi-year agreement between DIRECTV and Soffid, giving both parties a solid foundation to continue collaborating and innovating in the identity and access management processes. After the cut-over, Soffid IAM provides Access Management and Identity Governance and Administration (AM & IGA) to DIRECTV’s 30,000+ employee and external users identities.
Mariano Silvestrini, Senior Manager Security, of DIRECTV Latin America, comments: “DIRECTV and Soffid teams achieved a friction less implementation and cut-over in record time, allowing DIRECTV to unify identity management across LATAM markets and all our software platform. Having a solution able to integrate to any existing application and also able to federate to any third party identity provider, allows us to achieve the required standardization and flexibility.”
“Soffid is very proud of this successful implementation due to the added complexity of having a significant delivery scope and multiple locations in different countries. DIRECTV highly skilled team alongside Soffid’s best-in-class integration and provisioning capabilities have been key to achieve a fast and successful implementation.” said Miquel Simó, COO of Soffid. “From now on, Soffid IAM protects DIRECTV digital assets with state-of-the-art IAM technology including multi-factor authentication, adaptative security, behavioral rules and patterns, enforced business workflows, etc.”
Since its launch in 1994, DIRECTV has continually evolved its product, best-in-class content, service, and user experience to provide customers with an industry-leading video offering. DIRECTV offers the industry’s best picture format and exciting content in 4K HDR. It is the undisputed leader in sports, bringing NFL Sunday Ticket customers every live out-of-market NFL game, every Sunday during the NFL season. DIRECTV also gives customers the choice of watching movies and TV shows from virtually anywhere – on their TVs at home or their favorite mobile devices via the DIRECTV app. DIRECTV STREAM, the streaming video service, is designed for the household that wants the best of live TV and on-demand, compelling live TV packages, sports and, when using a DIRECTV STREAM device, access to more than 7,000 apps on Google Play.
America’s commercial video industry leader, DIRECTV for BUSINESS already serves more than 300,000 sports bars, restaurants, hotel lounges, barbershops and salons, quick-serve restaurants, and other places where fans may gather to watch games. It enables travelers on airplanes and trains, watching live in stadium suites and casinos, and others on remote locations including offshore oil rigs the opportunity to always remain connected with their favorite teams.
About Soffid IAM
Soffid IAM delivers the most comprehensive list of IAM features and products covering all IAM lifecycle (AM, IGA, IRC and PAM). Headquartered in Palma, Mallorca, Spain, Soffid’s hyperconverged IAM suite serves customers in more than 30 countries worldwide, protecting public institutions and private companies sensible information. For more information visit www.soffid.com or send an email to email@example.com
At the heart of remote cybersecurity is Privileged Access Management (PAM). It’s the protection around sensitive and privileged user accounts, which are the crown jewels for cybercriminals. For the channel, PAM creates a new revenue stream and further business opportunities with their customers. It is true that having unrestricted access to clients’ IT estates is part and parcel for a service provider. But, it does pin a huge target on their backs.
Offering comprehensive PAM solutions will enable channel partners to secure, manage and monitor access to their own privileged accounts. As well as those of their clients, keeping the most valuable keys to their network safe.
Remote working is here to stay, and the channel is pivotal in supporting organisations in their efforts to maintain the best protection against cyber attacks. Whether they’re adopting a hybrid, or fully remote working model. Channel partners have a rich portfolio of security solutions. They are in the ideal position to facilitate these flexible models and provide organizations with the seamless IT support. Because they need to connect workers securely, irrespective of their location.
Privileged Access Management can provide partners with greater security not only for their clients but for their own accounts too
In today’s cyber environment, stolen and misused privileged accounts can be used to inflict tremendous damage. As well as the access they provide to sensitive and critical data and hosts
Implementing a Privileged Access Management (PAM) tool
Implementing a PAM tool reduces the likelihood of privileged credentials being compromised or misused in both external breaches and insider attacks. Such tools also help reduce the impact of an attack when it occurs. Because radically short the time during which the organization is unaware that it is under attack or being subverted. Cloud security, anomaly detection, and securing the software development life-cycle also can be addressed with a PAM tool. As can regulatory compliance and operational efficiency.
PAM solutions need to be aware of not only who a user is, but also to which resources they should be granted privileged access. To enhance security even further, strong PAM solutions tend to have their own layers of security capabilities. That is, they will have the ability to limit user access not only by role, but also by other factors, such as time and location. This ensures that even an authenticated user only sees the specific resource being accessed, and only when appropriate.
As a quick example, a given user has privileged access to a server to perform an upgrade because they have the server administrator role. But the PAM administrators might also limit that privileged access, for business reasons or simply as a security practice. Granting a two-hour window starting at midnight, for example.
Outside of that time frame, even with the login credentials, the user won’t be able to access the server for good or malicious reasons.
Multifactor Authentication (MFA) & Privileged Account Management (PAM)
If a user has successfully authenticated to the system, the PAM system will provide the user the privileged access they have been granted. Of course, that’s entirely appropriate, when the user is who they say they are. At the same time it is potentially disastrous when a privileged user within the system is not who they say they are.
Strong PAM solutions have safeguards to protect against this very situation. Session management tools, for example, will alert the security team (or automatically kill the session) when the activity undertaken by a privileged user is outside of defined parameters. One possible case might be a so-called database administrator who suddenly starts rapidly executing a large number of queries against multiple databases.
But what of the case where a hacker has stolen a DBA’s credentials, gained entrance to the system? And then undertakes activity which does not raise alarms, such as running an occasional query as the legitimate DBA might do?
Once you gain access to the system, do you engage in non-alarm activity? Like running an occasional query like a legitimate DBA would.
How do MFA and PAM work together?
This is the kind of situation that MFA and PAM solutions avoid when they work together.In this way they provide a true layered defense of security. Where strong PAM solutions excel at providing only the appropriate access to privileged users. A strong MFA vs. PAM capability ensure users are who they say they are before they get to the point of granting privileges.
It’s a layered strategy that truly helps security teams and administrators create a defense-in-depth. It is a solid way to increase the cybersecurity of a company. Especially in today’s environments that are subject to constant hacking attempts.
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