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Password Manager Security Analysis

Organizations that either are considering deployment of Hitachi ID Password Manager or have already deployed it need to understand its security implications.

Hitachi ID Password Manager impacts authentication processes and standards. This document describes this impact, and how to ensure that it is a positive change.

Hitachi ID Password Manager is also a sensitive part of an organization's IT infrastructure, and consequently must be defended by strong security measures. The technology used by Hitachi ID Password Manager to protect against intrusions, as well as best practices to deploy that technology, are described here.

The remainder of this paper is organized into sections that describe challenges specific to managing passwords for mobile users, and how Hitachi ID Password Manager addresses each problem.

  • What is Hitachi ID Password Manager?
    A brief description of Hitachi ID Password Manager, to give context to the subsequent sections.
  • Protected assets
    A list of what information security, as implemented in Hitachi ID Password Manager, should protect.
  • Defining security violations
    Some specific security attacks that Hitachi ID Password Manager defenses must repel.
  • Impact on authentication processes
    How the features and processes created by Hitachi ID Password Manager affect authentication to IT infrastructure generally in an organization.
  • Server defenses
    How the Hitachi ID Password Manager server can and should be protected.
  • Communication defenses
    How data transmitted to and from each Hitachi ID Password Manager server is protected.
  • Data protection
    How data stored on each Hitachi ID Password Manager server is protected.
  • The secure kiosk account
    How the optional secure kiosk account impacts the security of the network operating system where it is installed.

About Hitachi ID Systems, Inc.

Hitachi ID Systems delivers access governance and identity administration solutions to organizations globally. Hitachi ID solutions are used by Fortune 500 companies to secure access to systems in the enterprise and in the cloud.

With fully integrated and user friendly solutions and an exceptionally experienced team, customer service and satisfaction remains Hitachi ID's number one priority. The scalable product architecture delivers excellent management and governance of user access for global enterprises, while a pragmatic design minimizes total cost of ownership and makes the solution affordable for mid-sized organizations.

Hitachi ID's solutions enable organizations to effectively manage every aspect of the user lifecycle. The Suite includes Hitachi ID Identity Manager, Hitachi ID Access Certifier, Hitachi ID Password Manager, Hitachi ID Privileged Password Manager and Hitachi ID Group Manager.

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