Comments
yourfanat wrote: I am using another tool for Oracle developers - dbForge Studio for Oracle. This IDE has lots of usefull features, among them: oracle designer, code competion and formatter, query builder, debugger, profiler, erxport/import, reports and many others. The latest version supports Oracle 12C. More information here.
Cloud Expo on Google News
SYS-CON.TV
Cloud Expo & Virtualization 2009 East
PLATINUM SPONSORS:
IBM
Smarter Business Solutions Through Dynamic Infrastructure
IBM
Smarter Insights: How the CIO Becomes a Hero Again
Microsoft
Windows Azure
GOLD SPONSORS:
Appsense
Why VDI?
CA
Maximizing the Business Value of Virtualization in Enterprise and Cloud Computing Environments
ExactTarget
Messaging in the Cloud - Email, SMS and Voice
Freedom OSS
Stairway to the Cloud
Sun
Sun's Incubation Platform: Helping Startups Serve the Enterprise
POWER PANELS:
Cloud Computing & Enterprise IT: Cost & Operational Benefits
How and Why is a Flexible IT Infrastructure the Key To the Future?
Click For 2008 West
Event Webcasts
Cyber-Ark Secures Primary Targets in Critical Infrastructure Attacks – Privileged Accounts

Cyber-Ark® Software today announced the release of its Privileged Identity Management Suite for Critical Infrastructure Protection (PIM/CIP) to secure, manage and monitor all privileged account access and activities across Operational Technology (OT). The solution secures critical infrastructure by preventing the exploitation of local or remote access to privileged accounts – the primary target of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and SCADA cyber-attacks.

Privileged Accounts Emerge as Primary Target of Critical Infrastructure Attacks

  • Organizations that serve as national critical infrastructure have interconnected corporate IT systems with production and OT environments that were traditionally segregated. Connecting ICS, SCADA and other OT systems to corporate networks has introduced known risks from the IT environment into the OT environment – including the exposure of privileged access points.
  • Privileged access points consist of privileged and administrative accounts, default and hardcoded passwords, application backdoors, and more. These accounts act as a gateway to an organization’s most sensitive production systems, which control the production and delivery of electricity, water, gas and other critical services to the public.
  • The typical operational environment consists of thousands of servers, databases, SCADA RTUs and PLCs, network devices and applications – all controlled and managed by a variety of privileged and shared administrative accounts. Built-in vulnerabilities, including hardcoded and factory default passwords, are also known problems in OT and SCADA systems. The security, control and auditability of these privileged access points are often neglected, while usage is hard to monitor.
  • A recent alert1 from The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) highlighted that the combination of network connectivity with these known vulnerabilities would “significantly increase the ICS threat landscape.”
  • The report further stated that critical infrastructure companies should “not assume that their control systems are secure or that they are not operating with an Internet accessible configuration. Instead, asset owners should thoroughly audit their networks for Internet facing devices, weak authentication methods, and component vulnerabilities.”

PIM/CIP Secures Critical Infrastructure –Protects the Privileged Pathway

Cyber-Ark’s PIM/CIP identifies, secures, manages and tracks all privileged account access and activities across the operational environment, preventing potential cyber-attacks by controlling and monitoring all privileged activities. Cyber-Ark PIM/CIP enables critical infrastructure organizations to:

  • Minimize Insider Threats and External Cyber-Threats – Privileged credentials have emerged as the primary target for cyber-attackers – including internal and external attackers. PIM/CIP identifies all privileged accounts across critical infrastructure and secures the use of these shared accounts by identifying users with authorization, providing full accountability and account usage (audit trails).
  • Manage Privileged Identities – Organizations can manage privileged passwords and control access for the thousands of remote devices that connect to a network. PIM/CIP enforces policies and workflows around privileged password usage, strength and automatic replacement.
  • Secure and Monitor Remote Vendor/Contractor Access – Enables external contractors to have a secured and transparent connection into the network while isolating the critical network from the threats of malware -- all without divulging system passwords. PIM/CIP provides complete real-time monitoring and recording capabilities of all privileged sessions for forensic analysis and change management review. Organizations are able to terminate suspicious activity in real-time.
  • Achieve Compliance with NERC CIP Standards – Cyber-Ark PIM/CIP automates controls to meet NERC CIP regulatory requirements and continuous audit readiness. Organizations can create audit ready processes and policies for password strength, periodic password replacement and role-based access control.
  • Reduce Operational Costs – A flexible policy management engine discovers, provisions, automates and replaces hundreds of thousands of privileged credentials across the ICS network and the Smart Grid, eliminating resource-intense manual procedures. This minimizes energy fraud/theft in smart meters by restricting access and creating accountability.

“The built-in flaws of ICS and OT systems have left our critical infrastructure increasingly vulnerable to attacks. As we saw with Stuxnet, the Shamoon virus at Saudi Aramco, and similar high-profile attacks, privileged account vulnerabilities have emerged as the priority target for cyber-attackers,” said Roy Adar, vice president of product management, Cyber-Ark Software. “Cyber-Ark’s PIM/CIP identifies and protects these privileged access points, securing each organization from the inside out. In addition, the suite provides a comprehensive audit trail for ensuring compliance regulations laid out by NERC CIP, CFATS and NRC.”

For more information, visit the website or download the following whitepapers: Cyber-Ark for Critical Infrastructure Protection, Cyber-Ark for Secured Remote Access and Complying with NERC CIP Standards.

About Cyber-Ark

Cyber-Ark® Software is a global information security company that specializes in protecting and managing privileged users, sessions, applications and sensitive information to improve compliance, productivity and protect organizations against insider threats and advanced external threats. With its award-winning Privileged Identity Management, Privileged Session Management and Sensitive Information Management Suites, organizations can more effectively manage and govern data center access and activities, whether on-premise, off-premise or in the cloud, while demonstrating returns on security investments. Cyber-Ark works with more than 1,100 customers, including more than 35 percent of the Fortune 100. Headquartered in Newton, Mass., Cyber-Ark has offices and authorized partners in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.cyber-ark.com.

Copyright © 2012 Cyber-Ark Software. All Rights Reserved. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

1 ICS-ALERT-12-046-01A—Increasing Threat to Industrial Control Systems, Oct. 25, 2012

About Business Wire
Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Cloud Developer Stories
After a couple of false starts, cloud-based desktop solutions are picking up steam, driven by trends such as BYOD and pervasive high-speed connectivity. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Seth Bostock, CEO of IndependenceIT, cuts through the hype and the acronyms, and discusses...
Cloud computing started a technology revolution; now DevOps is driving that revolution forward. By enabling new approaches to service delivery, cloud and DevOps together are delivering even greater speed, agility, and efficiency. No wonder leading innovators are adopting DevOps a...
CodeFutures, a provider of agile Big Data technologies, on Tuesday announced the release of Cory Isaacson’s newest book, “Understanding Big Data Scalability.” Isaacson is the CEO/CTO for CodeFutures and an industry-leading innovator of data management software. “Understanding Big...
This white paper digs deep into the reasons testing mobile apps is fundamentally harder than traditional web or desktop applications. A collaboration by Tina Zhuo and Dennis Schultz from IBM along with Yoram Mizrachi from Perfecto Mobile and John Montgomery from uTest, these expe...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 15th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of...
Subscribe to the World's Most Powerful Newsletters
Subscribe to Our Rss Feeds & Get Your SYS-CON News Live!
Click to Add our RSS Feeds to the Service of Your Choice:
Google Reader or Homepage Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe with Bloglines Subscribe in NewsGator Online
myFeedster Add to My AOL Subscribe in Rojo Add 'Hugg' to Newsburst from CNET News.com Kinja Digest View Additional SYS-CON Feeds
Publish Your Article! Please send it to editorial(at)sys-con.com!

Advertise on this site! Contact advertising(at)sys-con.com! 201 802-3021



SYS-CON Featured Whitepapers
ADS BY GOOGLE

Breaking Cloud Computing News
Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEM), a worldwide supplier of high performance connectiv...