Optiv Security debuts managed identity service to help users optimize operations; minimize long-term risk



Optiv Security announced this week its new Privileged Access Managed Service. A remotely delivered, managed offering, this service is designed to help public and private entities better protect privileged credentials, the most valuable link in the security chain and the source of a significant number of breaches.

Optiv’s Privileged Access Managed service includes: 24/7/365 management of high availability and performance optimization, release management, administration, and reporting. These new capabilities combine with Optiv’s strategic consulting services – as well the company’s technology resale, implementation and integration services – to provide clients with a holistic, end-to-end managed identity solution.

Optiv is teaming with CyberArk, the global privileged access security company, for this initial launch to help extend this critical layer of IT security to protect data, infrastructure and assets across the enterprise, in the cloud and throughout the DevOps pipeline.

Optiv delivers a number of identity and access management offerings, including a variety of workshops and assessments; technology selection and sourcing; implementation and integration services, tools and extensions; and identity centric security solutions with repeatable approach tailored to client requirements; over 100 IAM advisors and delivery expertise; access to a collaborative team of IAM specialists; and dedicated Centers of Excellence for IAM vendors.

“With breaches, often due to internal threats, connected devices and unprotected data on the rise, ensuring security via an effective identity and access management program is critical,” said Bryan Wiese, Optiv’s vice president, advisory services. “A successful IAM program should be approached strategically, from the inside out, beginning at the core of the security operation, evaluating current needs, business drivers, and risks. With this information in hand, organizations can optimize their IAM programs to ensure proper infrastructure management.

“In addition, every organization should include privileged accounts as a key component of its IAM program because they are high targets that offer attackers more access for their effort.”

Unprotected privileged credentials pose a problem on two dimensions: They give certain individuals universal access to the most sensitive systems, which poses a potential insider threat, and credentials are the primary target of cyber attackers enabling them to penetrate corporate networks. In fact, most damaging attacks involve stolen privileged credentials.

In addition, the expansion of the enterprise attack surface through trends like mobile, cloud and the internet of things (IoT), combined with the chronic cyber security skills shortage, have exacerbated the privileged credentials problem: There are more attack vectors than ever into enterprises and few people who have the skills to effectively protect and manage those credentials.

Optiv’s Privileged Access Managed Service helps organizations overcome these issues by giving clients access to a wealth of privileged access management expertise, delivered by an experienced managed services organization.

“CyberArk has a strong relationship with Optiv and is working closely with them to help customers prioritize privileged access security as a core risk management initiative,” said Scott Whitehouse, vice president, channels and alliances, CyberArk. “Based on Optiv’s experience in the security industry, the company is well-positioned to support organizations that have implemented CyberArk make the most of their deployments and quickly benefit from the exceptional simplicity, automation and risk reduction that only CyberArk delivers.”

 

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