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Skyport Systems Secures Environments for Administrators to Protect Against Microsoft® Active Directory Threats

Skyport Systems, a leading secure hyper-converged infrastructure provider for the hybrid enterprise, today announced the Skyport SkySecure virtual Secure Administrative Workstation (vSAW) solution.

SkySecure’s vSAW solution makes it easy for organizations to quickly lock down the security of the Microsoft Active Directory (AD) administrative environment by acting as a barrier that prevents theft of privileged credentials and protects domain controllers from malware due to compromised administrative workstations. SkySecure vSAW is an effective step to improving the security of an organization’s Active Directory (AD) environment while adhering to Microsoft’s proven guidelines.

“To stay ahead of the bad guys, enterprises must be vigilant about the most vulnerable access points in their IT environments. Most organizations have not implemented effective counter-measures to safeguard against the wide variety of customized attacks tools that are designed to make it easy to breach Active Directory environments,” said Michael Beesley, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Skyport Systems. “SkySecure vSAW ensures the security of the Active Directory environment cannot be defeated through several factors, including providing a secure environment for the administrator and keeping privileged credentials from being stored on insecure workstations.”

Hackers and penetration testing teams frequently target and breach Active Directory administrator credentials and workstations because this allows them to unlock every piece of the IT infrastructure, including user accounts, data, applications, computers, storage and the network. Once administrator’s credentials are stolen, breaches can stay undetected for months.

In fact, red team pen testers claim nearly a 100 percent success rate when they are hired to break into an organization’s Active Directory infrastructure. According to a 2015 Verizon security report, 75 percent of all breaches involved the loss or theft of privileged credentials, demonstrating the importance of improving Active Directory and credential security.

SkySecure vSAW uses SkySecure’s hyper-converged architecture with security built in to deliver a clean source, malware-free environment out-of-the box to make certain privileged credentials are not susceptible to tampering or theft. Combining secure compute, virtualization, network security controls and integrated threat analytics, SkySecure vSAW is easy to deploy and manage, eliminating the time and complexity of building and maintaining a secure administrative workstation from scratch.

SkySecure vSAW is cloud-managed, alleviating many of the management responsibilities of the system and security software updates while providing complete visibility into all traffic and policies to prove they are effective and working.

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Learn more about Skyport Secure Administrative Workstation for Microsoft Active Directory and The Skyport Active Directory Assessment program

About Skyport Systems

Skyport Systems helps innovative companies gain the control and confidence to securely run their critical applications. The company offers the award-winning SkySecure, the industry’s first hyper-converged system that simplifies the deployment, management and security of today's complex data center. With security built-in from the ground up, SkySecure offers assurance protection of an on-premise solution with the flexibility and agility of a fully managed cloud-based infrastructure. By combining compute, virtualization, networking and storage onto a single platform, IT departments can streamline and automate their daily operations and maintenance that saves time and resources, without sacrificing security or performance. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif, Skyport is funded by Cisco Ventures, Index Ventures, Intel Capital, Google Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. For more information, visit www.skyportsystems.com

Skyport and SkySecure are registered trademark of Skyport Systems, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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