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WALLIX announces Wallix AdminBastion Suite (WAB Suite); a new solution that secures access for privileged users up to three times faster than its competitors

London 26/01/16 - Wallix, the fast growing company that provides solutions for managing privileged access for large and medium enterprises, public organizations and cloud service providers, today announced the launch of Wallix AdminBastion Suite. The new product integrates password management, access management, monitoring and comprehensive session recording into a single platform available via a web portal. Designed on a non-intrusive architecture, the company believes that the new WAB Suite is the easiest solution to implement, use and manage in the market today and can be installed within a day, making it three times faster to implement than its nearest competitor.

A study* undertaken last year shows that 55% of all cyber-attacks were carried out by people who had privileged access to an organization’s IT system. These vulnerabilities are caused by weaknesses in the control and monitoring of privileged accounts that are made available to administrators, super users and external service providers. Shared accounts and lax passwords make it particularly difficult to revoke access for users who no longer need it.

Irrespective of the size of the organization, this area represents the greatest risk to its cyber-security. Where information security professionals are facing a loss of control over an ever-growing number of users with privileges and an inability to monitor the use of privileged accounts.

Current solutions for the management of privileged access are complicated and may require very time and resource intensive deployment and adoption.
Wallix believes that five conditions must be met for more efficient management of privileged access:

1.    Passwords. The ability to generate, hide, disclose, change or sustain passwords targets and secure them in a certified safe
2.    Access control. The ability to define, award and easily revoke access to each system for each user privileges
3.    Monitoring: the ability to view and control the connections and user activity on systems, and generate alerts on events
4.    Registration: the ability to watch video recordings of user sessions privileges
5.    Audit: the ability to create reliable and enforceable audit trail of all activities of users privileges on the target systems.

Wallix AdminBastion combines these five requirements into one Suite that can be deployed in just hours, and without having any impact on the existing IT infrastructure.

"Everyone now recognizes the importance of guaranteeing the security of access privileges; not only to fight against internal threats, but also to control access external service providers. The challenge currently facing our industry is that the current products are too expensive, too intrusive and too complicated to deploy, " said Jean-Noël de Galzain, President of Wallix.
"Wallix changes that today. We have brought together all the requirements for the effective management of privileged access onto a single platform that’s quick to deploy, simple to use and transparent to users. Wallix AdminBastion Suite is designed to fit into an existing IT infrastructure and not the reverse. This means that companies can reduce their biggest security risk in just one day”.

For existing Wallix customers the decision to test the beta version of the new solution was based on the advantages it offered in terms of deployment and management. Just a few hours training is all that is needed to get it up and running. Whereas other solutions would require the installation of multiple modules, Wallix AdminBastion Suite provides it all in one. Wallix offers AdminBastion Suite in a full range of deployment options including on-site, virtualized, hosted, or cloud-based.

Thanks to the development of a new EMEA-wide partner programme, value added resellers looking to address the growing need to securely manage privileged user access can now offer Wallix AdminBastion Suite to customers regardless of the deployment environment. The new programme demonstrates Wallix’s clear commitment to its indirect sales channel and comprises three levels of involvement from which to choose and includes a fully certified training programme; marketing,
technical and pre-sales support; improved discounts; roadmap visibility and participation in its cutting-edge BETA programme.

Wallix AdminBastion Suite will be available from the end of first quarter 2016.

Wallix AdminBastion Suite is previewed at the 8th International Cyber ​​Security Forum - FIC 2016 that will be held at the Lille Grand Palais on 25th & 26th January 2016.

** IBM’s 2015 Cyber Security Intelligence Index.

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WALLIX presents Walter Karl as new PreSales Manager for the DACH-Region

WALLIX presents Walter Karl as new PreSales Manager for the DACH-Region

Munich, 14th December 2015 - WALLIX, the cyber security vendor specializing in access governance for IT infrastructure, presents Walter Karl as first team member to approach the DACH market. Under his leadership WALLIX aims to strengthen its presence in the region. Customers and partners welcome the engagement in market and see great potential for the privileged user management solutions by WALLIX.

Walter Karl joined WALLIX in September this year. The 53-year old industry veteran holds a degree in engineering and brings more than 20 years of experience into the company. Starting as system engineer in several firms he spent the last 14 years in different positions within IBM. The last position in there before coming to WALLIX was as Technical Channel Leader. Using his relations and experience aims to build up a team and expand the market presence in the region.

“I am glad to join WALLIX and see great opportunities for our products on the German market. As European security vendor we can really boost the level of security in the region”, argues Walter Karl. “We already have 200 customers in 20 countries, some already in Germany. The target is now to make use of our potential and gain more market coverage in the region. By delivering an access solutions that is easy to manage and allows visibility, automation and compliance at the same time, I am sure we expand successfully in the DACH-region.”

Key product is the WAB Software Suite that allows easy and secure management of access rights and precise administration of accounts in combination with event-logging through SIEM-technology.

Softshell, the first value add distribution partner of WALLIX in the region, is also looking forward to work with Walter Karl: ”I know Walter for a while now and I am sure that he is the right person for WALLIX. With his experience, his technical skill and his connections into the industry he will set-up a team and a strong presence right on,” says Gerald Hahn, CEO of Softshell. “We already have taken first steps and I am in good spirits that WALLIX will continue its success story in Germany.”

As software-specialist for privileged access management in large and medium sized enterprises, public organizations and cloud service providers, WALLIX aims for a long-term involvment on the German market. All products by WALLIX are built to secure and control sessions and actions taking by users.

WALLIX assures protection of all critical IT assets including data, servers, terminals and connected devices. The benefit for customers is the  most effective route to security and compliance by reducing its users’ biggest security risk – privileged access to IT.

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WALLIX expands to Germany as part of European growth strategy

WALLIX EXPANDS TO GERMANY AS PART OF EUROPEAN GROWTH STRATEGY

Munich, November 10th 2015 - WALLIX, the cyber security vendor specializing in access governance for IT infrastructure, announces its expansion strategy for the German market. The plans include building a team for the DACH region, developing of marketing and sales network and expansion revenue created in the region.

For WALLIX the investment in Germany proves that there are big plans in progress in the country, and a high demand to satisfy with Cybersecurity trusted solutions. As software-specialist for privileged access management in large and medium sized enterprises, public organizations and cloud service providers, WALLIX aims for a long-term involvment on the German market. All products by WALLIX are built to secure and control sessions and actions taking by users. Key product is the WAB Software Suite that allows easy and secure management of access rights and precise administration of accounts in combination with event-logging through SIEM-technology.

The first value add distribution partner is SoftShell that will help spreading the message and bring WALLIX closer to end user. SoftShell delivers a wide network of channel partners with a strong focus on the enterprise market. It also will help WALLIX in the transaction to a full local presence.

“By putting more effort into the German-speaking region we will be able to continue our successful European growth course. Within a changing threat landscape and with new IT-policies in Germany and the EU we are able to meet the demands of this particular market”, says Wallix CEO Jean Noel de Galzain. “A big benefit is, of course, our knowledge of the market. As next-door neighbour we have better insight into the needs than vendors from over sea have. So I am confident that users soon will recognize our presence.”

WALLIX assures protection of all critical IT assets including data, servers, terminals and connected devices. The benefit for customers is the  most effective route to security and compliance by reducing its users’ biggest security risk – privileged access to IT.

“Especially now it needs strong entrepreneurs to guarantee security and compliance in the cyber world. We as European software company specializing in access, compliance and audit solutions understand what IT-directors in the region need”, says Jean-Noel de Galzain”, We are ready for the changing threat landscape and allow full compliance with policy requirements. The expected EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Network Information Security Directive (NIS) are just two examples that companies have to deal with besides individual national policy. And with the expansion to Germany WALLIX can provide its best-practice solution made in Europe.”

The innovation by WALLIX suites the demand of modern IT-infrastructure and allows compliance with the most important industry and security norms. WAB enables organizations to comply with legal security norms like ISO 27001 and also with sector specific regulations like PCI or HIPPA. Logs and audits can be granular adjusted to any conditions to fulfil individual levels of compliance. Through the advanced technology WAB fits organizations of nearly all sizes and allow visibility and control at any time.

 

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Sahara Net and iAxcess Partner with Wallix to Expand Security Offering

Sahara Net and iAxcess Partner with Wallix to Expand Security Offering

Dubai – 20 October 2015 - WALLIX today announced it has signed two new partners, Sahara Net and iAxcess, marking the expansion of its footprint to include the Middle Eastern market.

WALLIX, the software company providing cyber-security and governance solutions for information systems access, today announced it has signed two new partners, Sahara Net and iAxcess, marking the expansion of its footprint to include the Middle Eastern market. Sahara Net is a leading ICT and managed services provider in the Saudi market. IAxcess is a value added distributor in based UAE with offices in Jordan, KSA and Lebanon.

Both companies have added Wallix Admin Bastion Software Suite (WAB Software Suite), the privileged user management solution, and its cloud counterpart, WAB on Demand, to their existing solutions portfolio. By addressing a growing need to securely manage privileged user access within organisations, Sahara Net and iAxcess are demonstrating their commitment to delivering robust, trusted computing services.

For WALLIX’s new partners, WAB on Demand acts as a business generator to attract organisations directly impacted by cyber security and compliance (PCI-DSS, Solvency, SAE 16, etc.) These requirements have regulations around privileged access management and protection of sensitive data at their centre. Delivering this capability offers managed service and cloud providers a clear benefit in building this award-winning technology into their own offering.

WALLIX is exhibiting at this year’ GITEX jointly with Sahara Net (A3-3-Hall 3) and will demonstrate the capabilities of WAB Software Suite and WAB on Demand in managing and monitoring systems access for privileged users. Both products also provide full audit functionality so customers can prove their regulatory compliance and limit the risks linked to third-party access. For end customers, this is a real seal of trust.

Commenting on the partnerships, WALLIX’s COO, Dominique Meurisse, said, “We are delighted to be working closely with two major players in this strategically important region. WALLIX’s ambitious development plans rely on our channel strategy, so we’ve chosen to partner with the best.”  

“As security is becoming the top priority in our region, Compliancy and Auditing is a must have in enterprises. WALLIX comes as a critical component to our portfolio, enriching our offering by giving our partners access to state of art technology, yet optimal performance.” Commented by iAxcess and Sahara.net CEOs.

About Sahara Net
Sahara Net is a leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Provider in the Saudi Market, the company has rapidly grown since 1989 to offer various complementary services: connectivity, hosting, optimization and security. Sahara Net’s extended network covers most of the major cities in the kingdom. It is the only carrier-neutral ICT in the market utilising all the active Data Service Providers (DSP’s) networks.

http://www.sahara.com/

About iAxcess
IAxcess is a value-added regional distributor for Security, Backup and Disaster recovery Solutions. Company Founded in 2003 and with local offices in UAE, Jordan, KSA, and Lebanon covering 11 countries. iAxcess provides solutions and services for over 300 system integrators and 40000+ customers  in the Middle East region.

http://www.iaxcess.net/

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UK IT professionals slow to respond to cyber-insurance

UK IT PROFESSIONALS SLOW TO RESPOND TO CYBER-INSURANCE

LONDON, OCTOBER 12, 2015

• 47% thought that there was ‘insufficient need’ to invest in cyber-insurance
• 35% of UK respondents didn’t know which department would lead the purchasing decision
• 41% did not believe that their company would need to change its IT security policy when taking out cyber-insurance
• Half of UK respondents thought it would be either ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’ to identify whether any
ex-employees or contractors still had access


According to a recent survey, nearly half of the IT professionals polled thought there was ‘insufficient need’ to invest in cyber-insurance, whilst just over one third did not believe that their company would need to change its IT security policy when taking out cyber-insurance. These are the main findings to emerge from a recent survey on cyber-insurance carried out amongst IT professionals in the UK and France by Wallix, a software company providing cyber-security and governance solutions for information systems access.

According to the 2014 Information Security Breaches Survey, 81% of large businesses and 60% of small businesses suffered a breach in the last year with the average cost of breaches to business nearly doubling since last year. As cyber-insurance begins to be seen as a way to effectively cover costs and repair damage associated with a breach, Wallix’s survey reveals IT departments are slow to react to the change.

41% of respondents did not believe a change in IT policy would be necessary when taking out cyber insurance and half of the respondents thought it would be difficult to identify whether ex-employees, ex-third party providers or ex-contractors still had access to resources on their network. An audit trail that proves access rights are being managed appropriately, e.g. are revoked when an employee leaves the firm, is considered necessary to validate most cyber-insurance policies.

The breakdown is as follows: half of them thought it would be either ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’ to identify whether any ex-third party providers still had access to resources on their network; 40% thought it would be difficult to identify whether any ex-employees still had access and, again, 55% (made up of 45% answering ‘difficult’ and 10% answering ‘very difficult’) would appear to have problems spotting any ex-contractors.

Headquartered in France, Wallix conducted the survey in both the UK and France. Although there was a great deal of uniformity in the responses to most answers there was some divergence between the two countries in two question areas: which internal department led the organisation’s purchase decision (according to the French sample, nearly a third thought the Finance Department led on this whilst in the UK the Finance Department did not feature at all) and in their confidence with their systems’ abilities to make critical updates and in their treatment of third party providers The majority of the French sample were very confident, their British counterparts much less so.

For the British sample, ‘Identity and Access’ emerged as one of the top three cyber security challenges, alongside ‘meeting compliance’ and ‘working with third parties’.

Commenting on the findings, the report’s author, Chris Pace, the company’s Head of Product Marketing at Wallix UK, who commissioned the survey, said, “Cyber-insurance is rapidly coming of age and both the Government and the UK insurance industry have taken big steps to ensure that the UK leads the world in this field. But the IT industry needs to raise its game. Our survey indicates that there is a degree of complacency within many organisations’ IT departments and this needs to be eradicated if companies are not to be put at risk.  We are frankly alarmed that the IT department does not feel the need to change the security policy when cyber insurance policies clearly indicate that businesses must have complete control and visibility of every user who accesses their infrastructure. And yet according to our survey this clearly isn’t happening. Hopefully our report will act as a wake-up call to those IT departments”.

The survey findings have been incorporated into a report entitled ‘We may not have it covered: Do IT teams understand the impact of investing in cyber-insurance?’ The report is available to download from the Wallix website here.

The online survey took place during July and August of this year. The sample was drawn from Information Technology professionals.

Based on the survey, the company has recommended five steps that it feels companies will need to follow so as to get the best from their cyber insurance policy. These are:

1. Get involved. It’s vital the IT department is part of any process to invest in cyber insurance.
2. Know your limits. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the technology limitations that could affect your cover.
3. Belt and braces. Your regular and automated security activities (updates, patching, signatures etc) must be working. They could be the difference between an insurance payout or the spiraling costs and damage limitation resulting from a breach.
4. Maximise your visibility. If you do suffer a breach there’s a possibility that your insurance company will want to attribute its source; the more data you have the easier that job will be.
5. Know your access control weaknesses. Many cyber-insurance policy terms make an assumption that businesses have complete control and visibility of every user who accesses your infrastructure. Start by ensuring you have effective management of privileged user access.

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WALLIX GROUP steps up its development plan

WALLIX GROUP STEPS UP ITS DEVELOPMENT PLAN WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF A NEW VICE-PRESIDENT OF SALES SOUTH EUROPE AND THE LAUNCH OF ITS BUSINESS OPERATIONS IN GERMANY

Paris, France, October 7, 2015 - Just a few months after its market listing, WALLIX GROUP, a software company providing cyber-security and governance solutions for information systems access, has reviewed the major milestones completed in its development plan, including the appointment of Xavier Lefaucheux as Vice-President of Sales South Europe (including France) and the signing of a commercial partnership in Germany.

A CONSTANTLY-ENRICHED OFFER

In line with its strategic roadmap, WALLIX GROUP has significantly enriched its software product offer in recent months in order to position itself on new market segments, with particular emphasis on major corporate accounts and cloud service providers. After the June launch of its WOD (WAB On Demand) offer designed to adapt privileged access management to Cloud operator models, WALLIX GROUP's new release at the end of September is WAB Access Manager (WAM), the first web-based unified access gateway to provide a solution to the complex parameters of managing privileged accounts across major organizations. WAB Access Manager is primarily designed for service providers that host infrastructures, sensitive data, and projects for major corporates and international organizations, and that need simple and attainable solutions to manage the risks linked to privileged access accounts which are very often the first point of entry for targeted attacks on corporate and government information systems.

A ROBUST RECRUITMENT PLAN TO UNDERPIN GROWTH

WALLIX GROUP has also announced the appointment of Xavier Lefaucheux as Vice-President of Sales South Europe from 1st September. With an MBA from HEC and solid operating experience with benchmark companies in the sector (NETASQ, Juniper Networks, InfoVista), Xavier Lefaucheux’s remit will be to capitalize on his extensive market knowledge and experience to ramp up sales for WALLIX GROUP in France and around the world.

To accommodate this, and faced with the stellar growth in its activity (notoriety, lead generation, tenders underway, etc.), WALLIX GROUP has buttressed its sales and marketing capabilities with 3 hires in France and I new employee in Germany since the start of July.

In order to further enrich its software offering and cement its technological lead, the company is also looking to reinforce its Research & Development teams with 5 profiles during the 3rd quarter. On 30 September 2015, WALLIX GROUP's headcount had increased to 50 employees from 38 on 31 December 2014.

A NEW COMMERCIAL LEVER FOR EUROPE: GERMANY

To underpin the launch of its business operations in Germany, WALLIX GROUP has signed a partnership agreement with benchmark sector operator, SoftShell, in order to accelerate the deployment of its software offer on what is one of Europe's most buoyant markets. The new strategic partnership has already begun to bear fruit, with the Group already selected for several tenders.

WALLIX GROUP also intends to continue to enrich its indirect sales network by regularly taking part in sector trade fairs and cyber-security events. This year is the 6th consecutive year that the Group has taken part in the Assises de la sécurité, a reference event for ISS professionals that was held from 30 September to 3 October in Monaco. The event also saw WALLIX GROUP play host to a round table of users and experts on the theme of "Bastion: compliance or cyber-security?" An entirely new concept at the Assises, the round table brought together 4 users - Bolloré Logistics, Etablissement Français du Sang, Euro-Information and FIA-Net - and world-renowned IT security expert Hervé Schauer from HSC by Deloitte.

In a fast-growing market propelled by the surge in cyber-crime and subsequent tightening of related regulatory measures, WALLIX GROUP is focused on developing the resources it needs to enrich its commercial presence across Europe and conquer new market share on a global scale by attracting new talent thanks to the diversity of its software offer and technological head-start.

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WALLIX launches WAB Access Manager. Brings to market true multi-tenancy for managing privileged users

London, UK, 21 September 2015 - Privileged access management is emerging as the de facto means of securing and centralising access to an organisation’s most precious data. But as the number of systems being managed in this way increases, so does the number of users needing access, which increases the level of risk (and complexity) for multiple sites and networks.

To simplify this process, Wallix has today (21st of September) launched WAB Access Manager (WAM), the IT industry’s first dedicated web portal that acts as a single ‘pane of glass’ providing  access to all the systems of a multi-site IT infrastructure; thereby delivering true multi-tenancy for organisations with global IT functions or even entirely separate networks. By adopting a single, easy-to-use, portal, these organisations will be able to accelerate the deployment of privileged access management to more systems and users thereby offering them improved system management and security.  

Commenting on the new company’s product, Jean-Noel De Galzain, CEO of WALLIX said, “With the market for privileged access management growing by over 30% in the last year1, more businesses than ever - including cloud providers - are using administrative gateways to secure and centralise access to IT infrastructure housing precious data. But it’s vital to ensure the very best in usability from a simple and centralised solution.  This offers the added advantage that those users that have been granted privileged access can log in securely from any device and have the same effective user experience”.

Giving system access to contractors and third-party vendors is made simpler and more secure using WAB Access Manager. Very little experience of the solution is required as the intuitive “One-Click” portal is straightforward to navigate and offers a single point of access. Extensive customisation options also makes WAB Access Manager ideal for cloud providers, especially those who need to deliver on-demand solutions for privileged access management that’s tailored to each of their client’s environments.

Leading IT security analyst Martin Kuppinger says, "Privileged access management has entered organizations and is now in a phase of deployment and broad adaptation. Every organisation needs to be ready to facilitate this movement. WAB Access Manager is a product that should be evaluated by corporations and cloud providers when putting together the building blocks for implementing the privileged access management strategy.” WAB Access Manager works in combination with deployments of WALLIX Admin Bastion (WAB). By creating a single portal, Access Manager doesn’t just enable multi-tenancy but allows for high availability and load balancing in the background.

To further maximise usability, WAB Access Manager allows access to any managed system using HTML5, so it works easily with tablets and smartphones. Users don’t even need to download and install separate software.

For auditing, WAB Access Manager is also able to consolidate session recordings and activity trails from every network and system to create reports that help monitor access and prove regulatory compliance.    

WAB Access Manager allows users to get rid of VPNs to remotely access servers and other devices increasing usability and productivity for organizations.

WAB Access Manager allows businesses to secure IT infrastructure, on premise or in the cloud with full control of privileged accesses and users. Designed for the optimal user experience this central portal has the potential to transform how secured remote access is used every day.

1Gartner Market Guide for Privileged Access Management, 27 May 2015

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WALLIX sees early success as seven cloud providers sign up to deliver on demand privileged user access for their customers

London, UK, 10 September 2015 - WALLIX, the cyber security vendor specializing in access governance for IT infrastructure, today announced that seven specialist Cloud Service Providers have already deployed the new Wallix AdminBastion On Demand (WOD). These early successes in the UK and France come only two months after launch and are a clear confirmation of the relevance of this technology to cloud providers wanting to deliver trusted cloud computing services. This news also demonstrates WALLIX clear innovation in the fields of information security and auditing of privileged user access.

A UNIQUE OFFER DEDICATED TO CLOUD PROVIDERS

WOD is built on proven Wallix AdminBastion (WAB) technology and is currently the only on-demand solution for managing privileged users. The solution combines a revenue sharing model with near zero deployment time to make it ideal for the cloud. WOD delivers true multi-tenancy and delivers one-click secured access for users through the unified WAB Access Manager provides greater efficiency and IT governance particularly for hybrid cloud environments This helps Cloud Service Providers deliver improved access control and auditing to their customers.

A TRUSTED BRAND TO DRIVE CLOUD SECURITY

Cloud Services Providers who select WOD can brand their cloud offering as "WAB Inside". For end customers this is a real seal of trust. The brand allows Cloud Service Providers to ensure that privileged access is managed to keep it secure and monitored and auditing so customers can prove their regulatory compliance and limit the risks linked to third-party access. WOD also acts as a source of business for cloud providers and hosting services who want to attract organizations directly impacted by cybersecurity and compliance (PCI-DSS, Solvency, SAE 16, etc.). These requirements have regulations around Privileged Access Management and protection of sensitive data at their centre. Delivering this capability offers cloud providers a clear benefit in building this award-winning technology into their own offering.

Dominique Meurisse, COO of WALLIX said, "We are proud to announce the signing of our first contracts with these cloud and security specialists.  Atlantic Systèmes, DLP Assured, KAPIA Solutions, OGL MSP, OWENTIS and SCALAIR are now our customers. The label "WAB Inside" creates a network of trusted partners that meet the needs of all companies who want to ensure their cyber security and compliance in the cloud."

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WALLIX announced the world’s first on-demand solution for privileged access management

WALLIX (www.wallix.com), the software company that provides cyber-security and governance solutions for information systems access, today (2nd July 2015) announced the world’s first on-demand solution for privileged access management.

The vendor is launching its new product - WAB On Demand (WOD) - to help service providers dealing with sensitive data deliver improved access control and auditing to their customers. Based on a multi-tenancy, pay per user model, WOD requires no prior investment and no fixed costs.

Helping Cloud Service Providers meet the audit and compliance concerns of their customers

The new product meets the higher levels of security and compliance demanded by businesses who are migrating their IT to the cloud. Despite widespread adoption of cloud services1, the perception that it carries risk remains high among security professionals2, with one of the most significant barriers to cloud implementation being the increased compliance and regulatory challenges that organisations face when choosing to move to cloud services or hosted solutions3.

Built on existing Wallix AdminBastion (WAB) technology, WAB On Demand (WOD) helps cloud and managed service providers to address these concerns with a unique product dedicated to the auditing and control of privileged access.

Martin Kuppinger, Principal Analyst and Founder of KuppingerCole noted, “A growing proportion of organisations are turning to outsourcing and the cloud, seeking more guarantees on how these resources are accessed, secured and consistent with business requirements. Solutions such as the WOD combine the security and visibility needed to adopt the cloud with confidence and thus should be evaluated as part of the overall information security framework.”

Chris Pace, WALLIX Head Of Product Marketing in the UK said, "Being able to manage and audit privileged user access to hosted systems means that Cloud Service Providers can assure their customers that only the right users have the right access, all while meeting their contractual requirements and keeping customer environments effectively segmented ”

WOD provides this increased control and auditing which means that service providers can play their part in putting their customers on a fast route to compliance. The new product delivers not only full activity logs but also screen captures and video recordings of every privileged user session;  information that is invaluable in the event of a security breach.

WOD is built on a multi tenancy model, providing a single window for managed, secured and monitored remote access to all the customer resources that a service provider is responsible for.

Better visibility for customers, business advantages for providers

Dominique Meurisse, COO of WALLIX said, “We are seeing an extremely fast adoption rate for this solution. Providers see that WOD can offer them a key differentiator in their market as well as reducing many customer concerns regarding the risks associated with outsourcing. The scalability of WOD is also a factor, allowing for a smaller implementation to be quickly expanded to meet the customers need.”

When packaged in a hosting solution, WOD is extremely attractive to both existing customers and potential new clients. Adopting a business model that requires no initial investment or fixed cost allows for scalability and a solution that will grow with the customer’s needs.

WOD enables comprehensive real-time monitoring of the activities of its stakeholders in each individual client environment and secures management of access, creating an on demand password vault which removes the weaknesses of shared credentials. WOD also protects the provider by delivering concrete and invaluable evidence of their commitment to defined SLAs when accessing managed resources for their customers.

Jean-Noel Galzain CEO of WALLIX conclude, “Just weeks after our successful IPO on the Alternext market of Euronext, WALLIX GROUP confirms with this launch its capacity for innovation, enabling us to enhance our offering to the Privileged Access Management market . WOD will be an important lever for development internationally, addressing a clear need in the cloud computing space. This launch confirms WALLIX ambition to become a leader in the next generation of cyber security solutions.”

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1. Microsoft believes that the global market for cloud services has multiplied by 2.5 between 2009 and 2014 to reach $106bn
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2. Cloud Security Spotlight Bitglass 2015 confirms that 90% are concerned about the security of cloud computing
http://pages.bitglass.com/2015-Cloud-Security-Report.html
3. A recent report by the Cloud Security Alliance noted that 80% of respondents require greater transparency and enhanced audit controls
https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/media/news/cloud-security-alliance-new-survey-finds-financial-firms-are-in-search-of-a-cloud-strategy/

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Date: 2nd July 2015

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Gulf Air Improves Data Confidentiality and Service Availability with Wallix Privileged User Management Solution

Gulf Air Improves Data Confidentiality and Service Availability with Wallix Privileged User Management Solution

Wallix AdminBastion minimises internal and external IT security risks and helps airline to meet international aviation compliance requirements

London, UK, 8 June 2015 - Wallix, the European software company specialising in access, traceability and audit solutions, today announced that Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has implemented Wallix’s privileged user management solution, Wallix AdminBastion.

The solution meets the airline's need for improved data security including improving its internal IT access arrangements, minimising the risk of data leaks and enabling it to have complete oversight over IT services with no system disturbance.  After implementing a proof of concept, Gulf Air chose Wallix AdminBastion for its ability to provide real-time monitoring capabilities, immediate access to video recordings of these sessions and comprehensive auditing to meet compliance requirements. Thanks to its agentless design, Wallix AdminBastion does not inhibit the performance of overall data centre services, helping Gulf Air to maintain airline operations in excess of 99.9%.

Commenting on the airline's decision to appoint Wallix, Dr Jassim Haji, director of IT, Gulf Air, said, “Wallix helped in providing real time resource management, reporting and monitoring capabilities for IT administrators, improving the overall efficiency of Gulf Air’s IT function. Privileged access management is instrumental for Gulf Air in complying with the required international and industry standards. We’re currently certified against the ISO 27001 standard and maintain compliance with PCI-DSS.”

Commenting on the important role that access management plays within an organisations' overall IT security strategy, Chris Pace, Head of Product Marketing at Wallix, said, "Ineffective access management is increasingly recognised as a security weakness that organisations must address. The majority of data breaches come about as result of internal access flaws, which hackers or rogue insiders can exploit. Minimising the internal threat bolsters overall security by making it almost impossible for hackers to gain a foothold.”

Matthias Reinwarth, senior analyst at security analyst firm, KuppingerCole, explained, “Even though failing to safeguard data confidentiality risks exposing sensitive customer details, disrupting operations and reputational damage, in practice, there is rarely a life-cycle management system in place for privileged users and the danger of password leaks is considered high when internal administrators leave an organisation or the contract period of an external administrator comes to an end.”

Administrators and super user accounts are extremely powerful, allowing so-called 'privileged' users to anonymously log on and gain complete control over the target system with full access to all information and infrastructure.  

The security threat posed by insiders was recently highlighted in a survey for the UK Government's Department for Business Innovation & Skills and conducted by PWC which found that 30% of the most damaging data breaches were as a result of those already inside the company. Gulf Air has implemented Wallix AdminBastion to ensure that only approved administrators and third party vendors can access the systems. The solution makes it simple for users who need access to easily request it and information security professionals not only to see active sessions but also easily to revoke or limit access.

You can download a demo or a free trial version of Wallix AdminBastion.  You can follow the latest news and updates on http://blog.wallix.com.

About Gulf Air

Gulf Air is the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain.  It commenced operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. Today, Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 43 cities in 24 countries spanning three continents. The airline operates one of the largest networks in the Middle East, with double daily flights to over 10 regional cities, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport and direct flights to select European destinations from Kuwait International Airport.

Gulf Air connects Bahrain to the world and, as such, is a key national infrastructure asset, serving as a powerful driver for the Kingdom’s economy and supporting its ongoing growth. Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader and developing products and services that reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of its passengers. In one such example, 2013 saw Gulf Air ranked the best airline (taking first place) for On-Time Performance (OTP) in the Middle East and second place globally by FlightStats.

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