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.

http://www.gulfair.com/English/Pages/default.aspx

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