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Solutions to an old problem AT A GLANCE
with a new, but solid twist
very now and then, some bright when ﬁnished. While it is possible for the
E security pro has a ﬂash of brilliance.
Sometimes those ﬂashes are hidden
under mundane challenges. PassLogix’s
administrator to set the policies up such
that the user can see the actual password
(often necessary for such applications as
new Shared Accounts Manager (SAM) command line logins in Linux systems), Product: v-GO Shared Accounts Manager
is one of those products. The mundane the norm is that the password is hidden. (v-GO SAM)
problem is password sharing. There are The user simply logs in with their own Company: PassLogix
many, what I refer to as, password carv- password – this is part of the v-GO Availability: Now
ers. These are intended to take passwords Single Sign-On package – checks out the Price: Starts at $49.95 per user for up to 100
– mostly administrator passwords – and required shared password and, with a users. Requires v-GO Single Sign-On ($69.95
make them available to multiple users mouse click, logs into the shared applica- per user in the same quantities) and v-GO
without compromising the password. tion. There are lots of applications for this Provisioning Manager ($150/user).
Most of these are standalone products functionality besides superuser accounts. What it does: Allows controlled and
and I have seen some very good ones. For example, temporary users may need authorized sharing of passwords, complete
Where the real challenge lies is in the one or two logins and there is no practical with full granular auditing.
enterprise. This, really, is a password approach to set them up as regular users What we liked: Ease of use exceeds most
management problem and it needs to be – think support contractors, security con- products of this type, even though it really
solved at the enterprise level. SAM does sultants conducting vulnerability testing or is in a class by itself. Functionality is solidly
thought out to meet common shared pass-
this very well. While I wish SAM could be temporary ofﬁce workers who need some
word management challenges.
a standalone product that would snap into database access for a couple of days.
What we didn’t like: I wish that th