New version of Balabit’s Privileged User Management solution features focuses on PCI DSS compliance requirements

London, UK – 7 May 2015 – Balabit, an IT security innovator specialising in log management and advanced monitoring technologies, today announced a new version of its flagship product Shell Control Box (SCB), an enterprise-level activity monitoring appliance that controls privileged access to remote IT systems, records activities in searchable, movie-like audit trails, and prevents malicious actions. Balabit’s Shell Control Box 4 F1 integrates seamlessly into the enterprise’s existing infrastructures and is completely independent from clients and servers.

Brand new features not only enhance its flexibility and ease of use, but also assist with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance and include a new layer of authorisation, enabling organisations to further control in real time who has access to what on the network.

Zoltán Györkő, CEO of Balabit comments, “SCB helps organisations find the root cause of a problem, in a way that is fully auditable and tamper proof and provides a forensic trail of evidence to assist investigations. The latest release of this industry leading technology solution has a number of practical new feature enhancements for users, especially for the finance and telco sector and outsourced IT environments and bringing new levels of security along with improved usability and flexibility. This is built on our objective to deliver solutions which deliver a real return on investment and meets today’s increasingly compliance-driven security requirement.”

New features of Balabit’s Shell Box Control include:

Increasingly, the privileged user monitoring market is driven by various compliance and regulatory requirements. For organisations that must comply with PCI DSS, the new version of SCB is able to generate reports that support the PCI DSS audit for organisations. Balabit’s SCB enhances and complements organisations’ compliance reports by providing status information that is available through SCB’s user interface.

Balabit’s unique movie-like video player is now available through an embedded web-based interface. The audit player is able to replay recorded user sessions, and has an adjustable playback speed. It further includes intuitive event tracking, as well as quick screenshot generation which can be well used in audit and forensics situations.

The new version makes it possible for security managers to control and monitor remote access to IBM mainframes and other legacy UNIX systems. SCB allows organisations to monitor and audit remote administrative access to legacy IT systems via protocols such as TN3270 or TN5250.

Additional authorisation has been added which requests ticket IDs from administrators to verify whether they have valid reason to access to servers or not. Should an administrator require access to a remote server, SCB would first require gateway authentication as well as a ticket ID for validation. Should the ticket ID be accepted the administrator would be allowed to continue, however if it is rejected the connection would be blocked.

SCB can support Virtual LAN environments and is able to organize users to any number of VLAN segments. Instead of relocating, reconfiguring and reconnecting clients and servers on the entire network, it is now possible to use SCB’s existing network interfaces and configure the VLANs to that existing physical network interface which allows for extreme flexibility in networking.

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About Balabit
Balabit – headquartered in Luxembourg – is a European IT security innovator, specializing in log management and advanced monitoring technologies. It has sales offices in France, Germany, Hungary, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States and partners in 40+ countries. Its main development centers are located in Hungary. Balabit has customers all over the world including 23 Fortune 100 companies.
The company is widely-known for syslog-ng™, its open source log management solution, used by more than a million companies worldwide. This significant user base has provided a solid foundation for the company’s expansion which has been fueled by Shell Control Box™, a pioneering development for the rapidly-growing privileged activity monitoring market.
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