For companies subject to government or industry regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI DSS or HIPAA, sending database passwords "in the clear" -- unencrypted, and readable by any network eavesdropper -- spells compliance disaster. Even for companies not subject to regulatory compliance, it's still a security vulnerability.
And as more database admin gets done over the company network, or even by an IT services provider remotely over the Internet, rather than from a console attached directly to the server, passwords are at risk. And, according to Kris Zupan, CTO, e-DMZ Security, a privileged user and privileged access management vendor, most databases do password management in the clear.
To aid businesses in managing this risk, e-DMZ Security has announced a free remote access security tool for password management, for use with the Privileged Password Management module of its Total Privileged Access Management (TPAM) suite.
e-DMZ's TPAM lets companies meet security and compliance requirements associated with privileged identity management and privileged access control -- managing privileged users, access, accounts and rights, as well as monitoring and recording all activities,
The new security feature enables database administrators, including IT staff, contractors, service providers and others doing database administration, to perform password administration over unsecured LAN and WAN connections.
"We had several customers managing passwords for databases" -- and some of these were not directly at the server, but were connecting either from elsewhere within the office, or via the Internet, according to Zupan. "This presented a major compliance issue."
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