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Thycotic helps secure privileged information and mitigate malware attacks against federal agencies

WHAT’s the challenge

Federal government agencies are among the least prepared with cyber security measures, yet they are being targeted by state-sponsored hacking and malware attacks with increasing frequency and effect.

WHY it’s important

Federal agencies have endured a string of data breaches in recent years, including the massive theft of information on an estimated 21.5 million federal employees or job applicants from the databases of the Office of Personnel Management.

HOW we solve it

Thycotic provides comprehensive Privileged Account Management and Security solutions that secure privileged account passwords and lock down applications, endpoints and OS configurations.

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Cyber security and compliance for Federal agencies is focusing on privileged access management (PAM) as a critical means of minimizing risks to our government and national security. Complying with FISMA requirements and NIST SP 800-53 are also important as government bodies seek to improve intra-agency and inter-agency collaboration according to current FISMA compliance guidelines. From the oval office to remote office locations, Federal Government agencies and offices are making a concerted effort to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of cyber security to combat emerging threats.

Research shows many agencies are “unprepared”

A recent Ponemon survey matches research published by the Government Accountability Office, warned that 15 to 24 federal agencies had “persistent weaknesses” in cyber security in the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years. At least 22 agencies reported problems including protecting access to computer servers and implementing security management programs.

Government is the biggest cybersecurity threat: new reports show federal agencies are unprepared for hackers and pending legislation won’t help much.

– US News & World Report, Oct. 2, 2015

Need to meet FISMA and NIST compliance requirements

Managing and securing privileged accounts and their elevated privileges have also become a key component of federal government cyber security standards, including ISO 27001 and NIST SP 800-53, Rev. 4 requirements that cover Access Control, Audit and Accountability, and Identification and Authentication control

Thycotic Secret Server provides a privileged account management system for federal agencies and other government institutions looking to achieve FISMA and NIST compliance and prevent the loss of critical, classified information as a result of a data breach.

  • Create, share, and automatically change enterprise passwords. Assign user permissions at any level, and track password usage with full audit reports. Organize secrets in intuitive nested folders and do it all through a simple, customizable dashboard.
  • Ensure multiple top-level security layers essential for agency-wide password management. With Secret Server, you get them all: AES 256 encryption, two-factor authentication, 100-character passwords, custom workflow approvals, active session monitoring, SIEM integration, and more.
  • Notify your team in real time when you change network passwords, craft your own Password Changers, and customize your alerts. Credentials are always up-to-date, and you’ll know immediately when an administrator changes a password.
  • Meet compliance mandates around agency privileged account password requirements. Use Secret Server to help your organization demonstrate compliance with FISMA and NIST mandates.

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Protect endpoints from malware and secure users with Least Privilege Access

Local Administrator rights have become a necessary evil in government network environments. Because of the unfettered access these rights provide, administrator accounts and privileges are one of the most common targets of hackers and cyber-criminals. Once gained, administrator privileges allow an attacker to install malware, steal information from the system, compromise other systems, and stage additional attacks against domains, servers and other devices within the network. Limiting access to admin rights, however, presents challenges that impact your trusted users since legitimate software often requires administrator rights to be properly installed.

Fortunately, Thycotic offers easy-to-manage and simple software tools that can help you mitigate these risks by promoting a Least Use Privilege strategy for all users on all your Windows endpoints. Thycotic Privilege Manager for Windows enables organizations to limit the need for providing administrator rights to end users, business users, and IT admins while providing a flexible and dynamic framework for allowing safe, trusted software to be installed as required. This means that malicious software can’t be installed, even accidentally, protecting your systems from a variety of the most common hacker attacks.

Adhering to this Least Use Privilege strategy allows organizations to mitigate the risk from over 90% of the Critical-rated vulnerabilities from Microsoft for Windows and reduce the ability for hackers to infiltrate and attack these target systems.

Thycotic helps you lock down Windows applications, endpoints and OS configurations

Federal agencies today need to lockdown desktops that help stop malware and ransomware attacks that can have devastating and costly consequences. That means removing IT admin privileges from most users to lower risk, and limiting privileges for IT admins to improve security. Thycotic’s Local Security Solution and Security Analysis Solution ensure your local Windows accounts follow a least privilege strategy – removing any user from the admin group who shouldn’t be there. And, they keep your systems secure by assessing and updating your OS configurations, limiting an attacker’s ability to move beyond their initial point of entry.

Stop exploits such as malware and ransomware at the endpoint

Thycotic provides comprehensive endpoint privilege management and security solutions that:

  • Assure least privilege application control.
  • Enable administrative user group management.
  • Deliver security compliance and automated remediation.
1 http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/10/02/surveys-government-is-the-biggest-cybersecurity-threat

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