New privileged password management solution adds workflow and checkin / checkout control.

Calgary, Canada -- August 25, 2008 -- Hitachi ID Systems, Inc., a leading provider of identity management solutions, today announced the release of it's advanced privileged password management software - Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager 5.1.

“Following up on the the successful Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager 5.0 release in April, we have focused on the most popular feature requests by our customers,” says Idan Shoham, Hitachi ID Systems CTO. “Customer care is our number one priority, and this release reflects that.”

Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager 5.1 introduces two major new features;

The first new feature is a workflow engine, brought into Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager from the Hitachi ID Identity Manager user provisioning product. The workflow engine enables users who have not been previously granted the right to see a privileged password to ask for one-time access to a password.

“With Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager's workflow engine, IT organizations can grant temporary administrative privileges to skilled workers who do not have permanent responsibility for a system. This creates great flexibility in an IT organization's work distribution,” said Idan Shoham.

The other major new feature is concurrency control over password disclosure, known as “password checkin / checkout”. With this feature, organizations can limit the number of administrators who can manage a given system at the same time, and notify these administrators of each others' presence. This facilitate collaboration, prevents accidental conflicts and strengthens accountability for administrative changes.

Several other enhancements in this new release include an urgent termination function for promptly randomizing every password known to a given IT user, new reports regarding password change and disclosure frequency and user interface improvements.

With these new features, Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager 5.1 becomes the most advanced privileged password management solution on the market, both functionally and technologically.

About Hitachi ID Systems

Hitachi ID Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of identity and access management solutions. Hitachi ID software helps almost 1000 organizations with over 12 million combined users meet security, internal control, regulatory compliance, IT cost reduction and user service objectives.

Hitachi ID Identity and Access Management Suite includes Hitachi ID Identity Manager, Hitachi ID Password Manager and Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager These products manage identities, entitlements and authentication factors across both on-premises and SaaS applications in the cloud.

Industry analyst Ovum Consulting recently recognized Hitachi ID Systems as an enterprise identity and access management powerhouse, citing the company's robust technology and exemplary customer support. Ovum “believes that Hitachi ID's focus on reducing the administrative and helpdesk burden and the company's focus on bottom-up IAM reflects the way in which organizations operate.”

For more information about Hitachi ID Systems and its products, please visit or call 1.403.233.0740.

Hitachi ID Systems Contact

Dawn Mallyon
VP Marketing
Hitachi ID Systems, Inc.
500, 1401 1st Street S.E
Calgary, AB T2G 2J3
1.403.233.0740 ext. 324