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U.S. Agency Selects Xceedium to Secure Privileged Access to Hybrid Cloud

Amazon Web Services re: Invent Conference—Xceedium today announced that the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board chose Xsuite, the leading privileged identity and access management solution for hybrid-cloud enterprises, as a key security component for its enterprise of the future.

The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board is a non-partisan, non-political agency created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It has two goals:

  • To provide transparency of Recovery-related funds
  • To detect and prevent fraud, waste, and mismanagement.

The organization operates the award-winning Recovery.gov website, the U.S. government's official website that provides easy access to data related to Recovery Act spending and allows for the reporting of potential fraud, waste and abuse.

The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board also is a leader in hybrid-cloud computing. It has built a multi-cloud enterprise and moved a wide variety of its IT services to the cloud, implementing the federal government’s first civilian, compliance-focused, hybrid-cloud environment.

“Recovery.gov is transforming its IT to the enterprise of the future, placing the right service on the right workload to enable a secure, nimble, and cost-efficient organization,” noted Ken Ammon, Chief Strategy Officer at Xceedium. “Xceedium Xsuite was a perfect fit for Recovery.gov’s Cloud Hub architecture. They are using Xsuite to secure privileged access across a hybrid-cloud environment and will be addressing important privileged account and personal identity verification (PIV) smartcard authentication mandates.”

Recovery.gov integrated Xsuite into its Cloud Hub security stack. Cloud Hub enables the organization to leverage multiple cloud providers in conjunction with its own internal private-cloud infrastructure. The agency will utilize Xsuite’s ability to granularly control access, enforce separation of duties, and record sessions for administrators accessing its internal server stack and its managed service offering to other federal agencies. This includes protecting servers running on the agency’s internal private cloud, based on VMware technologies, and infrastructure running on Amazon EC2 and S3. Protecting privileged accounts was the top issue noted by the Inspectors General in the 2011 FISMA report.

Xsuite also will enable Recovery.gov to implement PIV smartcards to provide multi-factor authentication for privileged users before they are granted access to critical systems and cloud management consoles. HSPD-12 and OMB 11-11 are driving the use of PIV cards for logical access to systems. Using Xsuite, Recovery.gov will be able to leverage PIV cards for administrative access to servers, wherever they reside, without having to change how the agency manages passwords and other credentials on its systems.

About Xceedium

Xceedium is the leading provider of privileged identity and access management solutions for hybrid-cloud enterprises. Large companies and global government agencies use Xceedium products to reduce the risks that privileged users and unprotected credentials pose to systems and data. The company’s Xsuite platform enables customers to implement a zero trust security model. Xsuite vaults privileged account credentials, implements role-based access control, and monitors and records privileged user sessions. With unified policy management, Xsuite enables the seamless administration of security controls across systems, whether systems reside in a traditional data center, a private cloud, on public cloud infrastructure, or any combination thereof.

Xceedium solutions enable organizations to comply with security and privacy mandates such as: PCI DSS, FISMA, HIPAA, and NERC CIP. The company’s products provide industry-leading reliability, availability, and scalability, and are the most highly certified products in the market with designations including FIPS 140-2 Level 2, Common Criteria EAL4+ and the U.S. DoD Unified Command Approved Products List (UC/APL). For more information, please visit: www.xceedium.com.

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