July 30, 2013
HERNDON, Va., July 30 -- Xceedium, Inc., the premier provider of privileged identity management for the hybrid cloud, today announced it has enhanced Xsuite to include protection for the Amazon Web Services management APIs that advanced cloud customers use to monitor and configure their AWS environments. The latest version of Xsuite now includes a privileged API proxy–enabling access control, monitoring, and auditing for scripts and tools accessing AWS management APIs.
“For the management plane you need to fully proxy the API calls, which essentially means you need a translation layer to intercept the call with local credentials, analyze the request, then reassemble the API call with valid credentials for the cloud service provider.”
Xsuite’s new API Proxy extends the security and auditing capability Xsuite already provides for instances running on AWS and the AWS Management Console. With the advent of software defined infrastructure, many advanced organizations are bypassing the web-based AWS management console and automating operational tasks–utilizing AWS SDKs for Python, PHP, and others, and DevOps tools (e.g., Chef or Puppet) that call AWS’ REST-based management APIs. Xsuite now provides an extra layer of protection so AWS customers can control access, monitor, and audit exactly what scripts are doing.
The AWS management console, and its associated APIs, powers a system capable of altering an organization's underlying cloud infrastructure in seconds. It enables organizations to monitor, control, configure, and scale their environments like never before. This powerful management system reinforces the need for customers to adopt a “shared responsibility security model.” With the shared responsibility model, customers must understand the risks, how to utilize AWS security features, and what additional security and audit controls are necessary to mitigate risks and meet compliance mandates. The Xsuite AWS API Proxy was designed to deliver the extra protection and auditing enterprise customers require.
The Xsuite AWS API Proxy enables customers to:
The Xsuite AWS API Proxy is licensed and configured through the Xsuite policy management engine. The API Proxy capability is deployed as separate Amazon Machine Instances (AMIs) and leverages AWS auto scaling to meet performance requirements and support the dynamic environments advanced AWS customers are implementing.
Xceedium, Inc., is a network security software company and the leading provider of privileged identity management solutions for hybrid-cloud enterprises. Large companies and global government agencies use Xceedium’s products to reduce the risks that privileged users and unprotected credentials pose to systems and data. Xceedium’s award-winning product, Xsuite, vaults privileged account credentials, implements role-based access control, and monitors and records privileged user sessions. With unified policy management, the Xsuite platform enables the seamless administration of security controls across systems, whether they reside in a traditional data center, a private cloud, on public cloud infrastructure, or any combination thereof.
Xceedium’s solutions enable organizations to comply with security and privacy mandates, such as PCI DSS, FISMA, HIPAA, and NERC CIP. The company’s products provide industry-leading reliability, availability, and scalability, and they are the most highly certified products in the market, with designations including FIPS 140-2 validation, Common Criteria EAL4+ certification, and inclusion on the U.S. DOD Unified Command Approved Products List (UC/APL). For more information, please visit www.xceedium.com.
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