It is no secret that energy and utility companies are burdened with strict regulatory compliance requisites and the ubiquitous need to keep costs in check. Going beyond these challenges, the landscape today is characterized by a sharp rise in high-profile attacks. “Large-scale data breaches often begin with an attacker exploiting a single external vulnerability on a low-level system, and then capitalizing on privileges to gain access to critical systems and data,” expresses Marc Maiffret, CTO of BeyondTrust. Energy and utilities firms are looking for an integrated platform to collectively reduce user-based risks as well as mitigate threats to information assets, while addressing NERC CIP, PCI and SOX compliance mandates. Dedicated to efficiently eliminate data breaches from insider privilege abuse and hacking attacks is BeyondTrust, a global security company.

BeyondTrust offers BeyondInsight platform—an integrated suite of software solutions to address the security exposures by proactively delivering a complete view of the vulnerabilities and enterprise risks. The platform integrates two major areas—Privileged Access Management and Vulnerability Management. With BeyondInsight, energy and utilities firms can collaborate seamlessly to identify the undetected data breach threats and carry out joint decision-making, while simultaneously ensuring that the daily operations are guided by common goals of risk reduction. Security teams benefit from the ability to link between vulnerability information with user activity, while on the other side, IT gains clear visibility of how privilege policies impact the overall security of an organization. This blend of sensitive asset and user intelligence enables IT and security team to address security postures across diverse environments and ensure compliance.

In addition, BeyondInsight also provides a centralized reporting and threat analytics environment that alert IT and security professionals to advanced persistent threats (APTs) and other hidden risks in complex energy and utilities environments. With the firm’s PowerBroker Privileged Access Management Platform, energy and utilities leaders can proactively manage between protecting the organization’s critical data to ensure business continuity, while enabling users and administrators to be productive.

With BeyondInsight, security and IT professionals can collaborate seamlessly to identify the undetected data breach threats and enable joint decision-making

PowerBroker encompasses best-in-class solutions such as enterprise password security, multi-layered endpoint protection and server privilege management solutions, which is critical to mitigate the risks posed by insider threats.

The firm prides itself in its capability to unify the IT and Security departments for shrinking attack surfaces and identify imminent threats. Over 4,000 customers worldwide are leveraging BeyondTrust’s Privileged Account Management and Vulnerability Management solution, including 50 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. In one instance, Aera Energy—an energy and utility company, needed an effective solution for meeting the compliance regulations and tightening the operational practices. Auditing and logging were the two crucial requisites of Aera Energy. PowerBroker helped Aera satisfy the ‘full auditability and accountability’ requirement. It allowed the client to have single point of accountability and the ability to keystroke log activities to understand the daily job of managing the complexities in the environment. Also, with PowerBroker, the ability to perform forensic analysis of incidents was made easy—helping admins hold accountable for their actions. Additionally, Aera has also benefitted from the BeyondInsight IT Risk Management Platform through which they received insights on the overall risk posture of their entire enterprise— enhancing security analytics and risk reporting.

Forging ahead, BeyondTrust plans to enhance its comprehensive product portfolio for high customer impact— helping energy and utility organizations mitigate existing exposures and as well as security against future threats. The company strives to stay a step ahead of competitors by delivering innovative technologies in the forthcoming days for empowering IT governance across the physical, virtual, mobile, and cloud environments.