New release simplifies configuration, introduces convenience features for IT administrators.

Calgary, Canada -- March 2, 2009 -- Hitachi ID Systems, a leading provider of identity management (IdM) solutions, is pleased to announce the release of a new version of Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager. The new version improves usability for the installer and for IT users -- it is significantly easier to configure and to use.

Privileged Access Manager 5.2 introduces three major new features:

  • Auto-discovery of target systems and their local privileged login IDs.

    In particular, a new, built-in mechanism automatically finds every Windows server in an Active Directory domain and initiates management of local administrator and service account passwords.

  • Auto-connection of administrator sessions to target systems.

    This feature eliminates the need for IT users to see or have access to sensitive passwords. Instead, they launch administative sessions, using protocols such as SSH or RDP, right from the Privileged Access Manager web UI.

  • Auto-configuration of baseline security policies, including resource groups to manage administrator and service accounts on both servers and workstations.

“Our goal with this release was to make life easier for administrators in both large and small organizations. In a small organization, our objective was to enable an IT generalist to configure Privileged Access Manager and go to production in about 1 hour. In large enterprises, our objective was to support management of privileged passwords on as many as 50,000 systems, without ongoing, manual intervention,” said Idan Shoham, Hitachi ID CTO.

“These features, along with the industry-leading workflow engine, replication capabilities and rich connectors available in previous Privileged Access Manager releases, make this newest version the most compelling solution for securing administrator and service account passwords available,” said Dawn Mallyon, Hitachi ID' Director, Marketing.


About Hitachi

Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global technology company, with approximately 384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007) consolidated revenues totaled 10,247 billion yen (.8 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors, including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

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