Automates secure and efficient management of access to privileged accounts.

Calgary, AB --- June 9, 2010: Hitachi Systems and Services Tokyo, (hereinafter Hitachi Systems) will start offering Hitachi ID Privileged Password Manager in Japan, effective June 10th, 2010. Additional identity and access management solutions from Hitachi ID Systems, Inc. will be added to the Hitachi Systems product line-up later.

Masato Saito, Chief Strategy Officer of Hitachi ID Systems, Inc. commented regarding the agreement with Hitachi Systems, “Hitachi ID Privileged Password Manager has been widely deployed at large corporations in North America and Europe. We are confident that the combination of Hitachi ID's technology and Hitachi Systems' integration expertise and local market presence will enable many Japanese customers to benefit from the same robust internal controls.”

Over the past few years, many enterprises have started deploying identity management systems to strengthen internal controls and to improve user productivity and IT efficiency. However, many IT departments continue to share passwords to privileged accounts[1], with manual processes to coordinate password changes and system access. This situation can lead to information leakage incidents, unauthorized access and audit failures.

[1] Privileged accounts refer to login IDs on systems and applications which are used to manage those systems, run services or authenticate one application to another. Privileged accounts, such as root on Unix and Administrator on Windows, generally have more security entitlements than regular user accounts.

Hitachi ID Privileged Password Manager helps organizations to secure access to privileged accounts by:

  • Periodically randomizing passwords on privileged accounts.
  • Storing current password values in an encrypted, physically distributed vault.
  • Controlling and auditing access of IT users to privileged accounts.
  • Re-randomizing privileged passwords after every login session.
  • Streamlining access of heavy users to privileged accounts by automatically launching login sessions from the Privileged Password Manager web UI.
  • Supporting one-time access to privileged accounts through a request form and sophisticated workflow engine.

Privileged Password Manager's geographically distributed, fault-tolerant architecture ensures that the credential vault will survive everything from equipment failures to physical disasters.

Privileged Password Manager's security model ensures that only the right user can gain access to sensitive accounts, only at the right times and that users always leave a clear, documented audit trail.

Built-in auto-discovery infrastructure and a remote-connector architecture allow Privileged Password Manager to be deployed without installing agent software on existing systems and applications, significantly reducing project risk cost and delays.

Hitachi Systems projects the sales of its identity management solutions to reach 1 billion Yen in three years by adding Hitachi ID Privileged Password Manager to its product line-up.

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