Xceedium Improves Access Control, Audit Capabilities to Mainframe, Virtualized Environments

New version of Xceedium GateKeeper provides comprehensive support for centralized computing models

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Xceedium, Inc., a developer of access control and audit solutions, has launched Xceedium GateKeeper Version 5, an appliance that proactively enforces policies to protect critical infrastructure and information assets.

Featuring full support for mainframe and virtual environments, GateKeeper Version 5 reflects the evolving requirements for access control and audit for centralized computing models. Now companies can apply its patented technologies to contain users to authorized areas, track, record, and deliver targeted reports and more easily and cost effectively meet compliance requirements. This solution allows organizations to remain agile enough to quickly adapt to changes in their business, regulatory, and computing environments.

“Compliance and security mandates are driving customers to require access, enforcement, and audit in single solution,” said Cheryl Traverse, CEO and president of Xceedium. “This release of GateKeeper enables organizations to encompass new technologies along with legacy infrastructure along with their current mainframe infrastructure while enforcing security controls aligned with today’s compliance and regulatory requirements. It also allows them to make the transition to a virtual environment with full confidence that their information assets are safeguarded and user activity is being tracked and unauthorized use prevented.”

Xceedium GateKeeper offers full support for mainframe and virtual environments. Key components include:

Restrictive Zero Footprint Access: Xceedium GateKeeper’s reverse port forwarding provides a virtual abstraction layer further enhancing security when accessing infrastructure resources including mainframe and virtualized systems ensuring no IP address is ever granted to the client and the user has no visibility to unauthorized resources..

Clientless Compartmentalization: Xceedium GateKeeper provides secure, compartmentalized access to mainframe and virtual systems without requiring any local client installation. All connections can be restricted to a single originating IP while allowing authorized users to connect to the full extent of their authorized roles, regardless of physical location.

Containment to Authorized Areas and Command Restriction: For mainframe environments, the Command Line Interface (CLI) Java Applet allows for command filtering functionality that can be used to intercept unauthorized commands and keystrokes. Users can effectively be contained to their authorized systems or resources when accessing authorized mainframe systems, servers, or network appliances.

Real-Time Remediation: Xceedium’s access applets provide corrective actions such as termination of access or account deactivation based on thresholds set by the organization.

Audit and Compliance (Full Session Recording): Xceedium allow users to access and interact with CLI, mainframe, graphical and virtual environments while providing the ability to enforce full session recording of all user activities within these interactive sessions. For easier auditing of these user sessions, Xceedium GateKeeper allows administrators and auditors to search for information and playback the sessions from any point in time.

Xceedium continues to build on its access control, policy enforcement, and audit capabilities by extending these features to mainframe and virtualized environments, noted Kern Weissman, senior director of Product Management, Xceedium. “This release is a direct response to the business needs of our customers who increasingly require the same zero footprint access, command filtering, and full session recording for these environments.”

Xceedium GateKeeper Version 5 for mainframes and virtualized environments is available now. Support for VMWare will be available this quarter. More information is available at www.xceedium.com.