SolarWinds adds Access Rights Management to its IT management lineup, following the 8MAN acquisition



SolarWinds, provider of IT management software, announced on Thursday that it has launched SolarWinds ARM following the acquisition of 8MAN, an early stage Access Rights Management (ARM) solution company with technology that fits the SolarWinds model of easy-to-use products designed with the needs of the technology professional in mind.

The acquisition of 8MAN and their technology and development team led to a subsequent product release that is another milestone advancing the SolarWinds commitment to arming technology professionals with the software they need to solve IT management challenges.

The new security software product, SolarWinds ARM, is an access rights management tool built to help IT and security admins manage user access, improve adherence to policy compliance, and automate user provisioning and deprovisioning while protecting themselves from malicious insider abuse.

With automated user access provisioning and deprovisioning, policy analysis and reporting, compliance reporting and alerting, and productivity and process improvements, SolarWinds hopes to make the day-to-day lives of IT and security admins easier and more efficient. SolarWinds ARM is designed to be an easy-to-use and efficient first step in helping organizations of all sizes deepen their security knowledge and credibility while protecting their systems, data, and files at the source.

SolarWinds ARM enhances security by monitoring, analyzing, and auditing Active Directory and Group Policy to see what changes have been made, by whom, and when those changes occurred. It also helps prevent data leaks and unauthorized changes to sensitive les and data through visualization of permissions on file servers.

The solution simplifies Exchange monitoring and auditing to help prevent data breaches; tracks changes to mailboxes, mailbox folders, calendars, and public folders, and helps improve compliance and detect unauthorized Exchange changes. It also displays SharePoint permissions in a tree structure and shows who is authorized to access a given SharePoint resource. Using the scan comparison report, you can nd out who has made changes to permissions and what they were.

The ARM offering sets up and manages new user accounts generally in seconds with standardized role-speci c templates that provide access to le servers, and Exchange. It also helps protect from internal security threats by analyzing user access to services and file servers with visibility into group memberships from Active Directory and file servers. It also creates and generates management and auditor-ready reports that help demonstrate regulatory compliance showing user access rights in just a few clicks. Log activities in Active Directory and file servers by user. It also puts access rights of data directly in the hands of the data owner instead of the administrator with a web-based, self-service permissions portal.

“SolarWinds is once again, doing what we have done for almost 20 years—identifying gaps in the solution set for our customers and then working to fill that gap with an easy-to-use, affordable solution. We are focused on helping address our customers’ everyday IT management challenges—working to make sure our products are designed to work the way technology professionals need them to work. We understand the unique challenge security presents—and many organizations are focused primarily on external threats,” said Kevin Thompson, CEO, SolarWinds. “We have products to help our customers with those external threats: Threat Monitor, Patch Manager, Backup, and Log & Event Manager. But, not all threats are external. SolarWinds ARM complements this portfolio by enabling IT professionals to centrally provision, deprovision, manage, and audit user access rights to their systems, data, and files while minimizing exposure to insider threats. The acquisition of 8MAN gives us the ability to leverage their development and technology expertise in the German market and beyond, which will allow us to offer another new product in the SolarWinds mold. We will put their pricing and packaging into our go-to-market methodology that is focused on delivering products that are powerful, easy to use, and scalable—designed to give businesses the ability to protect their IT environments efficiently and cost-effectively.”

“8MAN is pleased to join the SolarWinds family. This move was part of our strategic plan and allows us to take the next step in security innovation,” said Stephan Brack, CEO, 8MAN. “We built a solution that’s designed to help IT operations and security admins improve their security by managing user access, demonstrate compliance, and automate more time-consuming tasks like user provisioning and deprovisioning. Their technology expertise and growing security portfolio make SolarWinds a perfect fit to get this product distributed worldwide.”

 

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