Balabit IT Security, one of the global leaders in developing privileged activity monitoring, trusted logging and proxy-based gateway technologies, announced that two of its products have been reviewed by West Coast Labs, an independent product test lab, under its Performance Validated program. Balabit’s Shell Control Box 3.0 (SCB), an activity-monitoring tool for privileged users, and syslog-ng Store Box 2.0 (SSB), a high-reliability and high-performance log management solution, were among the products that West Coast Labs evaluated and tested in its latest Technology Report (01/2011). The testers found that both Balabit products met benchmark criteria: the appliances are easily integrated, provide high availability, and are 100% accurate.

The testers performed a high-level custom test that attested to the availability and functionality of SCB’s and SSB’s feature set. West Coast Labs reviewed the products running on hardware, as well as their virtual versions. All testing activities were carried out within the framework of the ISO 17025:2005 accreditation standard for Test Laboratories.

West Coast Labs Assessment
“Testing of the SCB 3.0 virtual machine showed that all connections were received and handled correctly, the administrator was able to terminate established connections and the logged files were 100% accurate. Tests also showed the capability of Audit Player (a module that allows logged network traffic to be replayed in real time) to recreate the data from the session in an accurate movie-like format,” said Lysa Myers, director of research, West Coast Labs.

“SSB 2.0 received several thousand logs, all from various sources, and WCL concluded that log files were received with a 100 percent success rate. All log files that were received were accurately classified and grouped.”

Supporting Quote
”We have created a new product category when we announced Shell Control Box as an activity-monitoring tool for privileged access. In the last few years SCB became our most profitable product, with an average 105.1 % revenue growth rate per year. Our other product tested by West Coast Labs, is syslog-ng trusted log management solution, which became the de facto industry standard for logging in the last decade and used by 650 000 corporate users around the globe” said Zoltán Györkő, Business Development Director of Balabit IT Security. “We are proud to have an independent test result from West Coast Labs, accepted globally, that proves that our products are reliable and easy to integrate and use. These features are key to our customers in every industry sector, such as financial, telecom and government, which need to comply with environmental, industry and safety regulations.”

About Balabit’s Shell Control Box (SCB)
Shell Control Box (SCB) is an activity monitoring appliance that controls access to remote servers, virtual desktops, or networking devices, and records the activities of the users accessing these systems. For example, it records as the system administrators configure your database servers through SSH, or your employees make transactions using thin-client applications in VMware View. The recorded audit trails can be replayed like a movie to review the events exactly as they occurred. The content of the audit trails is indexed to make searching for events and automatic reporting possible. SCB is especially suited to supervise privileged-user access as mandated by many compliance requirements, like PCI-DSS. It is an external, fully transparent device, completely independent from the clients and the servers. The server- and client applications do not have to be modified in order to use SCB; it integrates smoothly into the existing infrastructure.

About Balabit’s syslog-ng Store Box (SSB)
SSB is a high-reliability and high-performance log management appliance to collect, classify, organize, and securely store log messages for enterprises who operate log infrastructure for compliance and maintenance reasons. Featuring a powerful web-based search interface and customizable reporting and statistics engine, SSB facilitates easier log review and auditing. SSB offers customizable user role separation and strong encryption methods to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data. It features fine-tuned access control to your logs and automatic data archiving and backup, while helping your organization to fulfill compliance requirements such as SOX, Basel II, HIPAA, COBIT or PCI-DSS. SSB is available on a scale of appliances to suit your needs.

Supporting Resources
•    Shell Control Box Test Report by West Coast Labs
•    The syslog-ng Store Box Test Report by West Coast Labs

About West Coast Labs
Part of the Haymarket Media Group, West Coast Labs is a global leader in technical research, testing and the Checkmark Certification of information security products and services. With market-leading technology and testing facilities accredited to ISO17025 in the UK, USA and India, West Coast Labs’ services and the Checkmark Certification System are used by the leading global brands to create market advantage and by large business enterprises for obtaining crucial technical insight into product performance.

For more information visit http://www.westcoastlabs.com.

About Balabit
Balabit IT Security is an innovative information security company, one of the global leaders in developing privileged activity monitoring, trusted logging and proxy-based gateway technologies to help customers be protected against insider and outsider threats and meet security and compliance regulations. As an active member of the open source community, we provide solutions to a uniquely wide range of both open source and proprietary platforms, even for the most complex and heterogeneous IT systems across physical, virtual and cloud environments.
Balabit is also known as “the syslog-ng company”, based on the company’s flagship product, the open source log server application, which is used by more than 650 000 customers worldwide and became the globally acknowledged de-facto industry standard.
Balabit, the second fastest-growing IT Security company in the Central European region concerning Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list, has local offices in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and in the USA, and cooperates with partners worldwide. Our R&D and global support centers are located in Hungary, Europe.

For more information visit www.balabit.com.

Press contact

Lauren Curley
West Coast Labs
Phone: + 1 617 529 6463
e-mail: lauren@straight-linepr.com

Andrea Ipolyi
PR manager
Balabit IT Security
phone: +36 20 390 4139
e-mail: andrea.ipolyi@balabit.com
blog: http://andrea.blogs.balabit.com/

Walter Caon
Balabit USA
410 Park Avenue 15th Floor Suite 1500
New York, 10022
phone: +1 917 546 6715
e-mail: walterc@us.balabit.com