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BeyondTrust Debuts Privilege Manager

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- BeyondTrust Corporation, the first provider of Least Privilege Management solutions, today announced BeyondTrust Privilege Manager 3.0, the first product for efficiently managing user privileges in enterprise Windows Vista environments. Privilege Manager 3.0 enables end-users to run all required applications and perform all authorized system tasks on Windows Vista and 64-bit workstations and servers without administrative privileges. By transparently managing privileges, Privilege Manager prevents unauthorized malicious use, protects against malware and zero day threats, and increases productivity and compliance.

"The implementation of a Least Privilege computing environment can play a key role in helping enterprises to harden their security postures against threats and malicious use," said Fred Broussard, Research Manager, PC and Device Management Software, at IDC. "Third party solutions like Privilege Manager can benefit organizations by limiting user privileges across their enterprise Vista deployments."

Originally developed by the Department of Defense over 30 years ago, the Principle of Least Privilege states that each subject in a system should be given the most restrictive set of privileges necessary to complete their authorized tasks in order to limit the damage resulting from accident, error or unauthorized use.

With Privilege Manager 3.0, BeyondTrust has extended the industry-first Least Privilege Management capabilities it currently provides for Windows 2000 and XP platforms to Windows Vista and 64-bit systems to fully support a blended OS environment. Privilege Manager gives organizations control over applications, software installations, ActiveX controls and system tasks that require elevated or administrative rights-all while keeping user systems locked down and preserving the user's security context. Privilege Manager eliminates the usability and password management problems that arise when organizations improperly implement Least Privilege.

"Eliminating administrative privileges on end-user machines is an important component of our security strategy at Gwinnett," said Keith Brown, Network Administrator at Gwinnett Medical Center, an Atlanta-area nonprofit healthcare system with over 6,000 employees and 1,400 physicians.